This picture book tells a story about the baby pig Pongpongi and the mole Dongdongi spreading the power of laughter throughout their journey to the Ggalggal Sea.
- Book Intro
Pongpongi, the baby pig who never stops smiling, is not happy today. This is because his hat was blown away. As he grunts about the hat, the mole, Dongdongi, asks him to go to Ggalggal Sea(Laughing Sea). As the name suggests, Ggalggal Sea is a special place where everyone laughs out loud, “ggal-ggal-ggal.” When a clam yawns, when a crab walks, and even when a baby turtle runs, everyone laughs out loud. Seeing the laughter and smiles of everyone at the Ggalggal Sea, he slowly loosens up.
How about underwater? There are more fun things happening underwater. Seahorses, squids, octopuses, whales, and even the sun and waves are laughing out loud. Now Pongpongi forgets about depressing matters and smiles broadly.
Laughter is a gift that can be easily shared with others. If I laugh out of joy, the feeling easily and naturally spreads to others. In the laughter of the animal friends at Ggalggal Sea, one can feel a pure sense of joy. As a matter of fact, Ggalggal Sea is a magical place. It can make bad memories go away and it fills everyone up with the energy to laugh out loud. But we can find the same thing in our daily lives as well. With a cheerful laugh, we can overcome even the most difficult situations. It can help us take a step back and observe a situation from a distance, rather than dwelling on bad feelings. From laughter, we can learn how to build a positive attitude in life.
Everyone at Ggalggal Sea is laughing. This laughter even makes the angered and annoyed Pongpongi laugh. Interestingly, everyone has a unique laughter that is all their own. Laughter of some creatures at Ggalggal Sea mimic one of people, and some embody their natural characteristics. From the various sounds of laughter a reader will be able to feel its true joy. It is also a fun chance to play with words by mimicking the different laughter expressions.
- About the Author
(French) Kim Sung-eun écrit des livres illustrés pour les enfants.
Elle a écrit des livres comme « Mes rires s’éclatent », « Poisson secret, mon premier animal de compagnie ».
(English) Cho Mija studied painting for her BA at Hongik University, Seoul. She cuirrently lives in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, and continues to draw illustrations for picture books. Cho always tries to use pure colors and funny lines so that her illustrations feel familiar to children. She started with her first book One Day at a Park in 2000, and since then has published sixteen creative picture books. She wrote One Day at a Park, Climbing with Spider’s Web, Bubble Bubble Pop Pop, I Will Sleep In My Room, Not My Pee!, The Worry Box, Meet My Friend, Anxiety, Sometimes I, Tire World, Our Last Summer, and more.
(Russian) планирование и написание детских книг. Книги <Улыбка Понгпонги>, <Мои первые питомцы, секретная рыба> и т.д.
(Japanese) 絵: 弘益大学で絵画を学び、現在は子供向けの本の絵を描いています。「イカ（Squid）」など多くの絵本の絵を担当し、「心配箱（Worry Box）」、「僕がおしっこしたんじゃない！（Not My Pee!）」などを作りました。
(Vietnamese) Tác giả Jo Mi-ja (tranh) từng học chuyên ngành Hội họa tại trường đại học Hongik và hiện đang theo đuổi công việc vẽ tranh cho truyện thiếu nhi. Tác giả đã vẽ tranh cho nhiều truyện thiếu nhi khác như “Chú mực ống nhỏ”, “Mình ra sân chơi nhé”, v.v, ngoài ra cô cũng là tác giả viết truyện kiêm vẽ tranh của các tác phẩm như “B là Bóng đá”, “Mình thích bông hoa”, v.v.
(French) L’auteure a étudié la peinture à l’Université Hongik et actuellement, elle fait des illustrations des livres pour les enfants. Elle a participé à l’illustration des livres tels que « Petit Poulpe », « Boîte d’inquiétudes » et « Ce n’est pas mon pipi ! ».