In this contemporary take on traditional Korean ghost stories, Korean folk ghosts appear in downtown urban areas.
- Book Intro
After much trial and tribulation, Poong-woon passes the final test to become a sinseon and is named a ghost supervisor. His master, the sinseon Cho, gifts him with a special present. It's none other than a Cool Fish Bag. The bag is designed to wear around the waist, as is the fashion these days, and when Poong-woon places his hand inside, he immediately realizes its true worth.
Master Cho leaves on holiday and Poong-woon finds himself alone, working as a ghost supervisor. Thinking himself still a novice, Poong-woon isn't sure if he's up to the task, but he manages somehow, even without his master. Then one day, a guest arrives from the underworld.
Ipse Bong, who emerges from the underworld, is an old friend of Poong-woon's. He is currently training to become a flower supervisor. To become one, he must also pass the test, which involves finding the Absolute Seed, which can blossom into the Absolute Flower. The Absolute Seed must be discovered in the heart of a human. Every person has a seed inside them, but they're all different sizes and colors. The Absolute Seed is rainbow-colored and can blossom into an Absolute Flower that has the power to make any dream come true. Can Poong-woon succeed in finding that elusive human with a good heart and strong spirit, who has an Absolute Seed planted in his heart? Meanwhile, Poong-woon has become friends with Jin Barun, whose parents opened a restaurant in their neighborhood. But soon, a nasty scandal breaks out surrounding some malicious online comments written about Barun Restaurant, and it's determined that the Heulseolchung monster was behind the attack. Heukseolchung is a small monster the size of a mosquito, and when he bites someone, the victim's tongue turns black and he starts saying nasty things about others. Poong-woon succeeds in getting rid of the monster, but the restaurant still loses customers due to the vicious online comments. When they hold a small tasting event, some customers reluctantly arrive and upon tasting the food, become regulars. Barun, who is of good character and of kind heart, becomes stronger after what his family has endured. The seed in his heart grows to take on rainbow-colored hues and bursts into a flower. With the monster gone and the Absolute Flower obtained, it seems the hero has gotten everything he could want! But the book soon ends, with another adventure waiting on the horizon.
- About the Author
Choi majored in environmental sculpture art at the University of Seoul and began teaching art. By spending time with children, Choi has come to enjoy imagining like they do. She also studied creative writing and children's stories at the Children's Book Author Academy. For Poong-woon Tak, the Ghost Supervisor #1, Choi received the 2019 7th Story King award. Some of Choi's other works include Daewol's Royals Become the People of Goryeo, Kunnomi: Joseon's Taffy Seller, and Butcher Shop Writing Shop.
(English) One of handful of authors from Andromeda who live scattered on Earth. The author aims to purify the mind human beings through spreading mysterious picture books and prevent their destructive behaviors caused by ignorance. She also dreams of living as a travelor and adventurer. The author has participated in many individual and group modern art competitions, with creative work such as 『Galactic Hell』, 『Sooyeon』, 『Hotel Paradise』 ,『Restaurant Sal』. Through a picture book author society “The Vacance Project”, the author has self published 『The Snail Bride』, 『Portrait of Traditional People』, and 『A Pretty Fox』. She majored in Painting at Hongik University, and art at the Paris National University.
BR Publishing 2019 7th Story King Award