Library in the Tree tells the story about a boy who goes on an adventure by reading books with animals in the forest.
- Book Intro
A boy leaves the city where people don’t read books anymore, and he heads to the forest. Unlike the dreary city, the forest is quiet and refreshingly green, the best place for reading. When the boy starts reading, a monkey in a tree becomes curious and wants to know what the boy is doing. The monkey learns that the boy’s bag isn’t filled with cookies or fruit but with books. The boy and the monkey go on a fun adventure by reading the boy’s books, and the monkey realizes the world is bigger than he had thought and that there are exciting things happening everywhere. Soon, other animals join the boy and the monkey’s book adventure. It becomes crowded with many animals joining them. Realizing how fun reading is, the animals decide to bring books from the city to the forest. This is not hard to do because the people in the city no longer care for books, preferring other ways to get information. The boy continues to read for the forest animals to their delight. One day, it suddenly starts to rain, and the books are in danger of getting all wet. Fortunately, the animals move all the books to the bear’s cave, which becomes packed with books, leaving no place for the bear. The boy says, “It’d be so nice if there was a library in the forest.” Hearing that, the forest animals decide to build a library. After the boy returns to the city, the animals decide to build a library on top of the zelkova tree in the forest and fill the library with the books. The library is built with only the materials from the forest, but it looks amazing. However, the boy no longer visits the forest. Unable to see the boy anymore, the forest animals decide to embark on an adventure by themselves. With the adventures they have had by reading books, they feel ready to go out in the world and have some fun. They then come back and write a book about their adventures. Years pass, and the boy heads to the forest again. He had been sick in the hospital, which was why he couldn’t visit the forest. Once he arrives at the forest, he sees a small house filled with books, the library in the tree with the books about the adventures that the forest animals had had. Library in the Tree tells the adventures that a boy and his animal friends have by reading books and how they embark on their own journey after being inspired by reading. By contrasting the city people, who spend all their time watching videos, with the forest animals, who enjoy reading, the book prompts readers to think about their own reading habits. It is also fun to read about the forest animals building a library without cement or bricks but only with what they can find in the forest. The book teaches young readers to have the courage to go out into the world and embark on a journey and also about having faith in oneself despite failures. The book will move the hearts of young readers and also inspire them to take action towards their goal.
- About the Author
(English) Lee Su-bok studied neuroscience, philosophy, data science, and politics and economics. He writes stories during his commute on the crowded subway. Among his children’s books, Library in the Tree was selected at the third Hidden Writers Contest sponsored by the Gyeonggi Content Agency, and A Fairy in Gwangneung Forest was selected as the best contents for the preservation of nature in Gwangneung Forest. He published Love Cotton Candy about unregistered children of migrant workers and The Story of a Legation Office from China to celebrate the 30th year of the diplomatic tie between Korea and China. The Girls in the Golden Cave is his first historical novel for young adults.
Lee Jun-bok is the president of Cold Brush Inc., which produces webtoons and games. He also works as an illustrator. He studied animation, neuroscience, and data science, and enjoys watching YouTube videos. He likes to draw illustrations that are heartwarming and sunny like the spring sunlight coming through a window.
A selection at the third Hidden Writers Contest sponsored by the Gyeonggi Content Agency in 2019