A warm tale about how Yomu, the cat, goes from being a pet to a true companion to people who love and rely on her.
- Book Intro
Yeongji is living with her grandmother, instead of her mother, for a period of time. A fat cat comes to her grandmother’s house every day to eat. Yoengji’s grandmother calls the cat a strange little thing, but Yeongji thinks of the cat as her pet. She takes the cat on her way to play with her friends, and ends up naming the cat “Yomu.” One day, Yeongji’s grandmother falls ill with a severe cold, and Yomu comes to pay a visit at night, like the strange little thing it is, according to Yeongji’s grandmother. Yeongji, who has been watching over her grandmother by herself, invites Yomu inside, and snuggling together under a blanket, they fall asleep. A few days later, Yomu gives birth to four kittens, and Yeongji’s grandmother, though she acts indifferent, boils a hen to feed Yomu. The children in the neighborhood come to see the kittens, and Yeongji happily welcomes the kittens into the family
- About the Author
As a student, Nam Geun-Young loved the Japanese illustrators Nara Yoshitomo and Chihiro Iwasaki, who influenced her to study Japanese in college. Even as an adult full of worries and concerns, she always found comfort in picture books and dreamed of being a picture book writer herself. Yomu, the One-Hundred-Year-Old Cat is the result of her wish to write a story that can be read for fun, at ease, without a heavy underlying message.
(English) Choi Miran studied Industrial Design at the University of Seoul and worked as a graphic designer. Being drawn to drawing, she went to study illustrations at graduate school and has been illustrating for children’s books. Whenever she finishes a picture book, she cleans her entire house. She works at home, and while she is working, she does not have time to clean. Choi loves the comforting feeling of laying in her bed after cleaning up her desk, her room, and her house which has been full of dust, dirt, and garbage.
Choi was the winner of the BolognaRagazzi Award in fiction. She writes and illustrates at her house that overlooks a children’s park. Choi has illustrated many children’s books including Is Somebody Here?, The Tiger That Was Taken by the Death Angel, Seokguram, the Stone House, How the Superhero Washes His Poo, Talking Horses, A Child Who Lived for Three Hundred Years, Gupbo Manbo, The Zoo of Letters, and writes the picture books of How to Take Care of My House and We Are the House Keepers!