This is a sweet and charming story of growth about Man-bok, an all-around troublemaker.
- Book Intro
This is the work of Lily Kim, a children's book writer who captures the daily lives of children with wit and abundant imagination. Rice Cake Shop for Man-bok tells the tale of Man-bok, a boy who grew up in a well-off home but misbehaves without realizing his behavior is bad. In the book, Man-bok finds himself in a rice-cake shop that ends up changing his ways. Fantasy elements are added to rice cakes, a traditional Korean food, to create a fun and original children's story.
Man-bok is always misbehaving, but it's not his intention. Of course, his schoolmates try their best to avoid him at all costs. Then one day, Man-bok discovers an odd rice-cake shop on his way home called Rice Cake Shop for Man-bok. The name of the shop naturally piques his interest, and the sweet aroma of rice-cakes draws him in. Once inside, Man-bok is befuddled by the strange price tags. The price of a baram-tteok is two good deeds, and the suk-tteok is forty-two laughs with children. Since the owner is nowhere in sight, Man-bok, who has never done a good deed in his life, simply takes a rice cake. But lo and behold, the rice cake disappears in front of his eyes!
Thinking he has no choice, Man-bok begins doing good deeds. After eating a sticky rice cake, Man-bok is no longer able to say profanities. After helping out his friends a couple times, he's able to eat some baram-tteok. He's caught the bug! Man-bok gains an almost-magical boost in confidence, and it becomes the catalyst for even more good deeds. Truthfully, it's Man-bok's will that brings about his maturation. Even though he initially begins doing good deeds for some tasty rice cake, it turns out it is really just an excuse. Man-bok finds himself disturbed by his own mean words and actions, and, in the end, he slowly embraces change to become an affectionate, caring person.
- About the Author
Kim Lily graduated from Chung-Ang University with a degree in Child Welfare and made her literary debut in a monthly literary magazine, Literature for Children. Books authored by Lily Kim include Mr. Black Pencil, Starworld Bathhouse, Wang Bongsik Is Friends with a Fly, and Mom Is a Liar.
Lee Seunghyun studied illustration at the HILLS Illustration School and the Graduate School of University of Seoul. Books authored by Lee Seunghyun include Blue House, a story about a brutal crackdown that happened in Yongsan. Lee received the Illustration Award at the Korean Children's Book Awards for his picture book Ssireum. Lee has illustrated children's books such as Looking for the Son-in-Law Who's Good at Lying, Eunuch, the Man of King, and My D'Artagnan.