This picture book helps children realize the joy of running with their friend, regardless of who wins or loses.
- Book Intro
* No One Can Beat Me Running. Then, My Archrival Appeared! **
Hyunsoo no longer considers Hankyul to be his friend because they are planning to race to determine the fastest runner in their class. Hyunsoo even becomes jealous when the teacher compliments Hankyul for answering correctly in class and he doesn’t want to play soccer with Hankyul after school anymore. Hyunsoo’s hostile feelings lead him to think of Hankyul as an enemy, not his friend.
Obsessed with winning, Hyunsoo soon faces a crisis. When Hankyul stays with him during a difficult time, Hyunsoo realizes what a precious friend Hankyul is. Eventually, Hyunsoo discovers the pure joy of running with his friend and overcomes his obsession with winning. Hyunsoo runs even more happily than ever.
* A Sweet and Lovely Story of the First Graders **
School is a mysterious, fascinating yet unfamiliar and scary place to first graders. This story deftly captures the emotions and behaviors of first graders in school. Hyunsoo feels competitive against his friend, Hankyul, and the author delicately describes Hyunsoo’s change of mind in a way that resonates with readers as the story unfolds.
All the first grade characters—not only Hyunsoo and Hankyul but also their classmates—have unique personalities. Intrigued by the competition, they enthusiastically cheer for either Hyunsoo or Hankyul. Even without many dialogues, these sub-characters tell their own stories through lively facial expressions and movements in the pictures. The relationship of both main characters and various sub-characters makes the story more captivating and relatable.
- About the Author
(English) Shin Sun-Jae Studied Philosophy in university and creative writing in a college, started writing children books. I have written this book with a mind to care about every children of grade 1 who are challenging every day. Wrote Spread out real Grade 1’s allowance operation!, A grade 1’s opponent, Here comes the Trio!.
(Indonesian) Shin Sunjae belajar filsafat di universitas dan belajar kreasi seni dan sasatra di sekolah pascar sarjana. Ia saat ini aktif merencanakan dan menulis buku anak-anak.
(Japanese) *シン・スンジェ: 哲学科文芸創作学を勉強し、今は子供の本に文を書きます。今まで書いた本は《三つ足ガマと黄金コイン》、《怒りたくない》、《私とご飯食べる人》などがあります。
(Englsih) Lee Myung-Ae majored in Korean painting, and currently works as an illustrator. Lee was selected as illustrator of the year at Bologna Children’s Book Fair twice, and received the Silver prize at Nami Concours, and the Golden Plate award and Golden Apple award at BIB. She wrote and illustrated the picture books Plastic Island, 10 Seconds, Tomorrow Will Be a Sunny Day, Vacation, and Flower, and illustrated They Are All Flowers, The Marvelous Home Shopping, and Am I Pretty?
(French) Mentionnée en tant qu'illustrateur de l'année de Bologne, elle a remporté le prix d'argent du concours Nami et la plaque d'or BIB. Elle a créé les livres d’image île en plastique, Dix seconde, Il fera beau demain, et illustré plusieurs livres tels que Mamie Otarie, Téléshopping-gadget, Grand-père crottes de nez.
(Japanese) 『明日は晴れます』で2021年BIB金のりんご賞、2017年ナミコンクール銀賞を受賞し、『プラスチック島』で2015年ナミコンクール銀賞とBIB金牌賞(BIB PLAQUE)を受賞しました。そのほかにも『オットセイジジババ』、『鼻くそおじいちゃん』、『招待された子どもたち』、『みんな花だ』などいくつかの子供の本に絵を描きました。この絵本『花』は絵本作家の集い『バカンス』の『伝来プロジェクト』から始まりました。
(Vietnamese) Được bình chọn là Tác giả vẽ tranh minh hoạ của năm trong giải thưởng ở Bologna vào năm 2015 và 2017; nhận giải Bạc cuộc thi Nami (2015, 2017), nhận thưởng Tấm bảng vàng tại BIB(2015) và Giải thưởng quả táo vàng BIB (2021) .2017), nhận thưởng Tấm bảng vàng tại BIB(2015) và Giải thưởng quả táo vàng BIB (2021) .Sách đã sáng tác và vẽ minh hoạ gồm 《Đảo nhựa》, 《10 giây》, 《Kỳ nghỉ》, và 《Hoa》.