A children’s picture book about the budding first love, written in a verse form
- Book Intro
Jin-gyu, who’s always tardy, is running to school. He crashes into a woman coming from the opposite direction. She was carrying tangerines that are spilled on the ground. Jin-gyu picks them up and races to school. Shortly thereafter, the girl, who was next to that woman, arrives in his class as a transfer student. Jin-gyu’s heart feels ticklish whenever he thinks of Tina. What is happening to him?
What do you call this emotion?
There are often times when children cannot identify the emotion they feel because it’s the first time they have ever experienced it; hence, they cannot describe specifically what their heart feels.
With a poet’s eye, the author delineates the heart of a child who has begun to like someone. She elaborates their innocent and naïve emotion from their point of view with a witty and sympathetic verse. A phrase like, “My ear keeps growing,” represents an invisible emotion for something that is more easily conveyed. Readers will relate to the children’s feelings and enjoy the fun expression of the author’s verses.
Relish the genuine experience of children’s verse
The children’s verses contained in this book will not only deliver the meaning of the words but also the sense of their poetic syntactical structure. Children will enjoy and learn various ways of expressing an emotion and telling a story.
Read the story through pictures and understand the meaning of the verse
In this book, the story is carried through written in a kind of serial poetry, showing the protagonist’s psychological change. While the author leaves the allusion and simile of the verse intact, enough illustration is provided for the children to easily understand the flow of the narrative. The verses will help the readers follow the story as well as grasp the meaning of the verses. The book will help them gain confidence in reading children’s verse and guide them to enjoy it.
- About the Author
The author won the 1st Munhakdongne Literature Award for Children’s Verse with her book, Incredulous Dude as well as the 1st Gwon Tae-Eung Literary Prize for I Don’t Want to Poop During Recess. She wrote and illustrated several books of poetry and other books. She lives with a cat named Dali without getting into a fight.
The illustrator likes to observe microscopic things like, dust, in order to express comfort derived from the repetition of everyday life. She also gets pleasure out of leisurely time, old things, and warm people.