A picture book that understands what you and I mean in the single word "No!"
- Book Intro
(English) <NO WAY!>
A child as brazen as a shining round chestnut opens the book with a declaration: “No way. Really, really, no way.” The twelve animals of the Zodiac—rats, oxen, tigers, rabbits, dragons, snakes, horses, sheep, monkeys, roosters, dogs, and pigs—are of the same mind. The careless things we’ve learned to say, the assumptions we made based on appearance, judgments masquerading as compliments, how cruel such words can be. To a rat, the hopeful phrase “sunlight even finds its way into a mouse hole” means the mouse’s house has collapsed, and monkeys do not fall from branches but jump off, dreaming of flight. The grand ridge of an ox’s back so high it blocks rainclouds in their path, the upset expression of a rabbit as a magician pulls it out of a hat by its ears, the happy flaring of a horse’s nostrils as it runs in the wind, the hand and eye of the reader pause at the many spectacles and occasions for thought in each page. Upon close inspection, these various declarations of “No way!” are not mere prickly stubbornness, but the self-affirmation of a child who has just begun to grow up. These small assertions of selfness from our tiny characters, who are just starting to find a balance between themselves and the outside world, are as poignant and true as the moment a sprout bursts forth from a seed.
With a firm “No way!” for its title, this book shares with its reader the often misunderstood four-year-old going through a “no way” phase, who tends to be simply dismissed as cute or stubborn.
The painter, whose powerful brushstrokes have been seen in many notable children’s books, expresses the explosive energy of the characters while adding in little details to be gleefully discovered, wonderfully enhancing the theme of the words.
- About the Author
Born in Hongseong, South Chuncheong Province in 1964, Lee Jeongrok debuted through the Daejeon Daily new writers’ competition in 1989 and later as a poet through Donga Daily in 1993. He is the winner of the Park Jae-sam Literary Award, the Yun Dongju Literary Award, the Kim Dal-jin Literary Award, and the Kim Su-young Literary Award. His works include children’s books TREE ORPHANAGE, OX WIND, SNAIL SCHOOL, POOP SHIELD, children’s poetry collections THE TASTE OF EARTH, I GREW A LOT, and ONLY MY NOSTRILS ARE BUSY, youth poetry collections TO THE ME WHO ISN’T HERE YET and WHATEVER, poetry collections CHILDREN’S LANGUAGE DICTIONARY, LIST OF THE APPLES OF MY EYE, FATHER SCHOOL, MOTHER SCHOOL, REALLY, CHAIR, and prose collections WHEN I CAN’T WRITE POEMS I TAKE THE BUS and THE POET’S DRAWER.
A graphic design graduate from Hongik University, Ori went on to study children’s book illustration at the Hankuk Illustration School (HILLS). Ori wrote and illustrated THE GODS WHO LIVE AT OUR HOUSE and DDUNG KUNG DDA SOUND SEEDS and illustrated ONE FRUIT, LET’S GO SOIL, HELLO MR. ECOSYSTEM HOW ARE YOU, RUN DADDY’S PAUCH, I WANT WINGS, and LOOKING AT EACH OTHER.