This book reminds young readers of the relationships they have with their friends and adult readers of their innocent childhood memories. It is a perfect book for people of all generations to read, laugh, and sometimes weep over together.
- Book Intro
Choi Woogeun, who attracted readers with The Inventor Next Door (a collection of plays) and Good Bye, Mr. Davidoff (a novel) tells stories of his childhood memories from when he was nine.
Hojin, a 9-year-old boy, happened to move to a new neighborhood and a new school because his dad got a new job. In the new neighborhood, he encountered Byeongho. He was such a weird kid, and poorly dressed. He didn't go to school on Thursday because he though it was Sunday. On top of that, he knew how to read his name, but he couldn't spell it. At first, Hojin thought Byeongho was stupid. But after watching him for a while, Hojin noticed he was a good painter and a fast runner. So when Byeongho came to him and friendly suggested they play together, he couldn't say no. Hojin taught him how to write his name. They went to school together and played in the neighborhood going here and there. As such, the two boys became friends and made a lot of memories. The author majored in philosophy at university. After graduation, he worked as a screenwriter for more than 20 years and has written scripts for many documentaries, including The Agents of the National Police Agency, and a drama named The Serious Crime Squad. The Inventor Next Door, the first play he published, in 2007, was performed at a theater located on Daehak-ro Street and loved by audiences. In his new book, Choi Woogeun tells the witty and hilarious story of a truly funny boy named Byeongho. This book reminds young readers of the relationships they have with their friends and adult readers of their pure childhood memories. It is a perfect book with a heart-warming story for people of all generations to read, laugh, and sometimes weep over together.
- About the Author
Choi Woogeun (M) studied Philosophy in college. After graduation, he worked as a broadcast writer for about 20 years starting with the TV drama, Police People, then moving on to multiple documentary films and the TV drama, Crime Squad. His first play, The Inventor Next Door, was released in 2007 and garnered considerable interest from audiences in Daehagno (Korean Broadway). In 2013, he published the play collection The Inventor Next Door, won the 2013 Book for Young Readers and was selected as a Book to Film at the 2014 Busan International Film Festival. He has also written the novel, Hello, Mr. Davidof, and the essay collection, Short Time, charming readers with his unique and new humor and stories.
School Library Journal, 2018, Recommended book
Institute for Korean Children's Education and Culture, 2018, Best Book