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。
(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) 2015年と2017年に、ボローニャの今年のイラストレーターに選ばれ、ナミコンクールの銀賞、BIB黄金牌賞を受賞しました。 代表作「プラスチック島」
(Englsih) Lee Myeongae studied oriental painting because she loved the scent of Korean ink. Today, she embodies this scent in her picture books. She has worked on multiple books as an illustrator, and Plastic Island is the book she wrote and drew. She hopes that children will be able to communicate and sympathize with issues in enviromental or other issues happening around us through her picture books.