The terrible soccer player Haram, who hates running and kicking balls, must go through very special training with Coach Nice until he can say "my ball" confidently.
- Book Intro
Haram, who just entered elementary school, is a terrible soccer player who hates running and playing soccer. Nonetheless, Haram's father registers him with the children's soccer team. Since then, Haram has been forced to take soccer classes every weekend. Haram is timid and is embarrassed when other people see how bad he was at soccer. Every time Haram becomes nervous, he just hopes that the ball won't come to him. One day, Coach Nice gives Haram special training.
Haram, who only shouted after the coach, just said "Nice" quietly because he was embarrassed. However, after a few weeks of saying "Nice!," "Great!," "Pass!," "Good job," "That's fine," to his friends, he began gaining confidence. His voice grew louder and he even began shouting before the coach did.
That's when Haram started noticing how his friends played the game. Sometimes his friends fell but got up again, ran sweating, and even became angry when the game didn't go well. Watching them, Haram has a self-realization. That's when Coach Nice puts Haram in the roster and gives him the final special training. Now Haram participates in the game of his own will, not that of his father. He hasn't played for a while and makes some mistakes, but he doesn't give up and runs after the ball.
Soccer is a mental exercise before it is a physical exercise: the desire to run, trust in one's self, trust in friends, caring for each other and confidence in one's ability. Armed with this kind of spirit and the skill of handling the ball results in a great soccer game. This book conveys the true value of soccer that goes beyond mere kicking of the ball.
- About the Author
(English) Lee Gapgyu studied painting in college and is now studying poetry in graduate school. He is constantly trying to make funny, playful picture books for children. He wrote and illustrated A Book Actually About Nosepicking, The Trampoline, and A Scary Story. He won the Hankook Publishing Culture Award with A Book Actually About Nosepicking, which was also included in the 2017 IBBY Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People. He illustrated Grit for Children, The Shapeshifting Pig, The Rumor Virus, Giraffe’s Wings, The Laundrybot Disappeared!, Kids Who Study on Their Own, and other books.
(English) A children's book writer and a translator. She majored in Child Development at Yonsei University and worked as an editor at a publishing company. She now works as a children's book author. Other books she wrote include Do You Want to Play in the Water, I want to be a Painter, A Leaf I Met, Jongmyo, Where God and Man Meet, This Is My Family, I Like Myself and The Song of Mother Earth.
(Russian) Изучив детские исследования в университете Йонсей, работал редактором в издательской компании. Сейчас находится в США и пишет детские книги. Книги автора 'Игла', 'Мир лошадей'.
Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA), 2016, Selected as Sejong Books for Sharing Literature
Book Culture Foundation, 2016, Selected book for Bookwings
Happy Reading in the Morning, 2016, Selected book