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My Ball

Author

Yoo Junjae

Yoo Junjae

Publisher

Munhakdongne Publishing Group

Categories

Picture Books

Audience

6~8 years old
9~12 years old
Adult

Overseas Licensing

Keywords

  • #picture book
  • #father
  • #family
  • #baseball
  • #catch ball

Copyright Contact

Lee Bokhee

bokeelee@munhak.com

+82-2-3144-3237

  • Publication Date

    2011-11-28
  • No. of pages

    52
  • ISBN

    9788954615969
  • Dimensions

    255 * 220
Overview

This is an autobiographical story of an artist who was able to communicate with his father and have valuable times through baseball.

Book Intro

This picture book contains the memories shared between a father and son through baseball and the feelings toward a father that developed in the mind of an artist from the day the artist received a baseball bat and a black Mizno glove from his father as presents to the year of 1982, when the pro-baseball league started, to adulthood.

The child, who preferred watching baseball games with his father to watching cartoons and was captivated by red-striped baseball uniforms, has now become the father of his own kid. Looking back to traces in the past, the child realizes that what his father taught was not simple techniques of baseball but attitudes to a life. What baseball shows is consideration by his father and support for the life of the artist to gradually unfold in the future. Small scenes with the father that allow readers to comment to themselves "I had a time just like that", although they have their own different stories and words that were not able to be delivered through language, will quietly touch the hearts of readers. The father, who readily repaired all sorts of different things that were broken by his son, came back home holding comic books or snacks with both hands sometimes in the early evening and washed his back in public bathrooms on holidays. But the image of the father who was not good at having conversations may be the common features of the memories we share with our fathers. That may be why each scene of this book resonates with the mind and pulses with life. Regardless of whether readers love baseball or not, this book presents pleasure to and will resonate with both adults and children.

Employing silkscreen and print techniques, the artist has carried out experiments that lasted until he finally attained satisfying scenes by using a number of sheets of paper. Since this is a technique that has not been tried before, a plethora of patience and effort was required. Paintings that directly exude the proud and worrying mind of the father pitching a ball to his child, the anxious tension felt by the child toward the oncoming ball, and the implications delivered by exchanging balls between the two are touching enough to leave an impression on readers without a single flowery word.

About the Author

Yoo Junjae



Yoo Junjae studied fiber arts at Hongik University. Yoo has authored picture books including My Ball, In Mom's Dream, Balance, and The Blue Wave and drawn children's stories including The King of Boys, My Little Brother Is on Mars, and The Can School as well as the children's poem collection Cold Goose. For his work Animal Farm, Yoo won an award at the 15th NOMA Concours in 2007, and he was selected as the Illustrator of the Year at the Bologna Children's Book Fair for The Blue Wave in 2015.

Yoo Junjae



Yoo Junjae studied fiber arts at Hongik University. Yoo has authored picture books including My Ball, In Mom's Dream, Balance, and The Blue Wave and drawn children's stories including The King of Boys, My Little Brother Is on Mars, and The Can School as well as the children's poem collection Cold Goose. For his work Animal Farm, Yoo won an award at the 15th NOMA Concours in 2007, and he was selected as the Illustrator of the Year at the Bologna Children's Book Fair for The Blue Wave in 2015.

Recommendation

Bookstart Korea, 2014, Book Wing Project selected book
School Librarian Council, 2012, Recommended Book

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