Mr. Otter, who likes writing, faces many challenges to become a writer. But he does not give up on his dream. The story follows his journey to getting his book published and finally becoming a writer.
- Book Intro
(English) Mr. Otter, Become a Writer
* Plot *
Mr. Otter, an employee at the Fuzz Post Office, writes books secretly. One day, Ms. Hippo reads Mr. Otter's manuscript and, because it is fun to read, encourages him to send it to a publisher. Excited, Mr. Otter sends his manuscripts to publishing companies, but all of the publishing companies send him a letter refusing to publish his books. Mr. Otter becomes very discouraged and decides to quit writing. However, thanks to a funny story that pops into his mind, he decides to resume writing and sends his new manuscript to another publishing company. What response will Mr. Otter receive from this publishing company? Will Mr. Otter make his dream come true and become a writer?
* Intentions *
1. Ways to Become a Writer
This book shows the efforts and challenges of Mr. Otter, who dreams of becoming a writer, while showing the kind of attitude such dreamers should have.
The author meticulously describes a series of procedures in which Mr. Otter writes manuscripts, pitches them to publishers, and receives letters back from those publishers. The detailed description appears to be based on the author’s own experience. The publishing companies send Mr. Otter their feedback, identifying the pros and cons of his stories. This makes us develop critical thinking skills and the ability to understand different perspectives. Also, we start to naturally understand how opinions are needed and what process a piece of writing goes through before it is published as a book.
2. Accepting Different Views
Mr. Otter’s friends find his writings interesting, but the publishing companies all send him rejection letters, saying his stories are uninspiring. Mr. Otter becomes frustrated, and then begins to think that his stories are “bad.” But that is not true: different perspectives can create different interpretations.
Rather than feeling sad and frustrated, it is much more important to try to find a perspective similar to yours. We cheer for those who are not swayed by other people’s opinions, courageously moving forward with their dreams and facing challenges.
3. A rich collection of literary gifts ranging from children’s poems to fairy tales
The book features various manuscripts written by Mr. Otter, who dreams of becoming a writer. Including short stories and rhythmic children’s poems, there are a total of 8 stories. The variety of these works demonstrates the author’s literary competence and teaches us that there are many kinds of literature with each conveying different feelings.
4. The intriguing structure of frame stories
A story set within a story (an additional story placed within the main story) is called a frame story. Even if both stories are fictional, this structure makes one story sound more convincing. This book uses frame stories to realistically depict the process that Mr. Otter goes through to become a writer. This literary technique enables readers to immerse themselves in the story and enjoy the narrative.
- About the Author
(English) I can’t say enough how happy I was that the book Teacher Deadpan Smiled, which came before Teacher Deadpan Smiled Again, was so well-loved. Teacher Deadpan didn't show it but she, too, must have been overjoyed. Although I didn’t even ask her, she readily related the stories of her students from second semester. There are also tales of her childhood and secrets concealed here and there in the book. So please look for them! Yoon Yeorim has written Boxworld, Teacher Beanface series, Small Bean Kid, and Mr. Otter, Become a Writer.
(English) I learned about picture books in graduate school, and I want to draw pictures without getting tired for a long time. I hope that the pictures I drew will be made into books and remain meaningful." she said.
(Russian) Художник: научился рисовать книжки с картинками в аспирантуре. Хочется рисовать рисунки для книг, которые останутся значимыми. Рисовал несколько книг, включая 'Видите ли, Мистер Кто'.