MEET THE 2019/2020 OXFORD BIG READ ASIA WINNERS
INSPIRED BY READING
This year, student champions participating in Oxford Big Read selected books of their choice from lists of qualifying OUP readers. The students’ reading selections reflect both classic and contemporary themes. Winning submissions demonstrated thoughtful design, well-crafted essays, and critical thinking.
Participating branches of Oxford University Press including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, and Pakistan, received thousands of submissions through participating schools and institutions and choose winners in their respective national campaigns. These winners became semi-finalists in the regional Oxford Big Read Asia campaign. Below you will meet the winners of our first annual regional campaign.
CATEGORIES FOR PARTICIPATION
CATEGORY 1: DESIGN A NEW BOOK JACKET
* For those aged 5 years old to 8 years old at the time of entry
All participants read an OUP book and then designed a new book cover for the book.
CATEGORY 2: TELL US WHAT YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT THE BOOK OR WHAT YOU WOULD CHANGE
* For those aged 9 years old to 12 years old at the time of entry
All participants read an OUP book and then wrote a written response describing what they found interesting or what they would change about the book.
CATEGORY 3: WRITE A CRITICAL REVIEW OF AN OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOK
* For those aged 13 years old to 15 years old at the time of entry
All participants read an OUP book and wrote a critical review describing the theme, plot, and characters.
mEET THE JUDGES
Awards and Prizes
Announcing the official regional winners of the 2019/2020
Congratulations to all our champion artists and scholars!
Design a New Book Jacket
Name: M Qasim
Entry: What Did the Fish Eat? By Sara Khalid
School: APS Garrison Junior Lahore, Lahore
Teacher: Ms Mahwish Jahir
It was a real pleasure to read your detailed thoughts about the book and its message, which you explain very clearly. Though you might have included the title and the author’s name on your cover, its design really shows Bilay’s happiness as the fish thank her!
Name: Kavya Raj Agrawal
Entry: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
School: Centre Point School (Wardhaman Nagar)
Teacher: Mrs Sumathi Venugopalan
I loved your cover design, which is very close to how I think of Tom’s trick with the fence! You’ve used colour well and included elements from the story. Your comments show that you understand Tom very well! I really enjoyed your work.
TELL US WHAT YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT THE BOOK OR WHAT YOU WOULD CHANGE
Name: Haanya M Abbasi
Entry: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
School: The Isis School, Karachi
Teacher: Ms Rashida Zulfiqar
Congratulations on a beautifully expressed exposition on one of the greatest novels in the English language. Your vocabulary was sophisticated and wide-ranging, and your style lyrical and enticing! I was most interested in your claim that the Oxford version missed certain critical parts of the story, but making such a bold claim does need to be backed up by an example! Also it would have been interesting to read more about the change in power and social circumstance of the characters during the course of the story due to the French Revolution. But this is being very picky, and overall, this was a magnificent effort! You are definitely a writer in the making. Well done!
Name: Harish Madhavan A
Entry: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
School: Sri Aurobindo Mira Universal School, Madurai
Congratulations on an excellent summary of a complex story, with an understanding of Swift’s aims in writing the book. In the “story change” response, I thought that your use of the wasps from Book 2, (which were so dangerous when Gulliver was tiny) in the ending of Book 1, when Gulliver was gigantic, was a clever reflection of the device used by Swift himself in opposing huge and tiny; wise and foolish, in the four successive parts of the story. But do take care with your grammar, punctuation and spelling as this let down an otherwise impressive entry.
WRITE A CRITICAL REVIEW OF AN OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOK
Name: Zaid Faisal
Entry: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
School: Generation’s School, Karachi
Teacher: Ms Fouzia Naz
I am impressed by your pinpoint command of vocabulary. You have chosen a wide range of uncommon words to employ, and you use each of them accurately and to good effect. I also appreciated your detailed descriptions of the characters, and while I would like to hear more of your personal reaction to the story, this is an excellent review. Congratulations!
Name: Kashvi Ranka
Entry: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
School: Hutchings High School, Pune, Maharashtra
Teacher: Ms Rita Katawati
Your review uses a nice variety of language and clearly shows that you have gained a lot from reading this book. I appreciated your comparison of the lives and difficulties of the author and of the main character. This shows that you could look beyond the book and gain insights into the time and place in which it was written. Well done!