Monday, December 14, 2015

Starred review from PW


Hyewon Yum. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-374-31695-2

It’s raining, it’s pouring, it’s boring. “There’s nothing to do. Nothing!” gripes Yum’s unnamed hero. The boy sprawls on a chair as if he’s being martyred by precipitation, and he refuses even to consider coloring to pass the time. But when his mother picks up his crayons and pencils and draws the boy’s blue umbrella, he’s intrigued. “Can you draw me holding it?” he asks her, then urges her to draw a story about a family walk in the rain. The picture quickly becomes a collaboration, with the boy adding streaks of blue crayon for rain (“I’m really good at this”) and a gloriously smudgy puddle for splashing. Soon he realizes that an actual rainy day walk—culminating with real puddle-splashing—is exactly what he needs. “It’s just a picture,” mother and son tell one another at various points, but Yum’s (This Is Our House) renderings—done in a rough, childlike style that fits the story to a T—and all-dialogue text prove that there’s powerful magic in every act of representation, no matter how novice the artist. Ages 4–7. Agent: Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

First review for PUDDLE

Author: Hyewon Yum
Illustrator: Hyewon Yum

Publication Date: March 8, 2016
When a child's mood is dampened by a rainy day, Mom comes to the rescue using her imagination, some crayons, and praiseworthy redirection. "I hate rainy days." Readers are thus introduced to a cross-armed, brow-furrowed pug of a child. Contrariness oozes across the page, infecting both the dog and the cat. Mom has a suggestion. "Do you want to draw?" "NO. I don't want to. I'll never draw!" Truly, the bad weather has ruined the day. With patience and cleverness, Mom begins to draw nonetheless, teasing out a bit of curiosity. The illustrations switch from depicting the scene to displaying the images mother and child are drawing together on the pad. With clever use of conversation, creativity, and crayons, Yum provides a parenting primer on redirection. "Why don't you draw the rain?" Mom asks. The child's little hand draws blue streaks across the paper. The rain becomes a downpour, making puddles on the ground. By drawing this soggy adventure, the young child can imagine the deluge. The joy of splashing in the rain could not even be imagined at the outset. Only through practicing the idea of rainy-day fun does the child start to view the real situation differently. Yum deftly ties moods, weather, parenting, and the power of art together. (Picture book. 4-7) 
Joy Peskin / Editorial Director / Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers / Macmillan Children's Publishing Group / 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10010 / 646.307.5187

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Sahn did his first homework ever.
He read books aloud," thump! Thud! "
And he proclaimed  it's onomatopoeia.
So here I learned new word:
But still can't pronounce right..

Review from Booklist

Author: Emily Jenkins
Illustrator: Hyewon Yum

A child and two dogs discuss a range of potentially scary things in this pitch-perfect exploration of childhood fears. The child, who could be a girl or a boy, works through a list that includes monsters, ghosts, witches, swimming pools with sharks, and, of course, the dark. They discuss the fears in an analytical tone, such as when the bull terrier asks, “What’s so bad about ghosts?” and the child replies, “I hate the way you can see through them.” Watercolor illustrations with pencil outlines and details depict the threats as creepy but not aggressive—rather, they hover patiently around the edges of the child’s room during the discussions. Jenkins’ approach is an effective, balanced one—the story acknowledges the child’s anxiety, while the dogs gently deflect it. Further lightening the mood is the humorous interplay among the three characters, particularly the know-it-all bull terrier and tiny pug, who tries very hard to act tough. In the end, it’s the child who helps the dogs be brave. Children will be amused and reassured by this playful combination of scary and fun.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Fun Book of Scary Stuff review from Horn Book

A child shares with his two chatty dogs the list he wrote of things that scare him: monsters, ghosts, witches, trolls. The pug seems sympathetic, but the self-proclaimed “bravest dog ever” bull terrier is unfazed and unimpressed: “You keep being scared of stuff that probably doesn’t exist…I’m just saying.” So, fine, the child starts listing real-life things: his cousin, the school crossing guard, swimming pools, sharks. Again, no sympathy: “Hee hee! Scared of the crossing guard” (says the bull terrier, ROFL). When it comes to the dark, though, even a too-cool-for-school canine can turn into a scaredy cat: “Okay. Now that’s a little scary…Actually, REALLY SCARY.” The bull terrier’s fear pushes the boy to take charge and face his demons, coming up with a simple solution that sheds some light on the subject of irrational fears. Jenkins’s text appears almost entirely in conversation bubbles that contain the child’s fear-based logic, the bull terrier’s blasé sarcasm, and occasional gratifying instances of warmth between them. In Yum’s expressive illustrations, varied and with lots of white space, the scary things are not that scary but neither are they so silly as to be making fun of the protagonist (that’s the dog’s job). And, sure, it’s rewarding to see that bull terrier get the smug scared right out of him, but more rewarding is the boy’s realization that he can be brave—and that everyone gets the willies. elissa gershowitz

★ another starred review from SLJ

★ JENKINS, Emily. The Fun Book of Scary Stuff. illus. by Hyewon Yum. 32p. Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374300005. [SLJ September]
K-Gr 2–A mop top child makes a list of everything that frightens him and shares it with his two dogs. The usual nebulous suspects such as monsters, ghosts, and witches are included, along with more specific terrors such as a nasty cousin who has a penchant for putting ice cubes down the boy’s pants, and a bossy crossing guard. The comical back-and-forth banter between the blustery bull terrier (“When did you see trolls?”) and the apprehensive little boy (“Um. Never.”) is presented in speech bubbles, with the scrappy pug also chiming in. The terrier pokes holes in all of the itemized fears, until “the dark” is mentioned, prompting the pooch to concede, “Okay. Now that’s a little scary.” When all the lights go out, the trio band together in support and finds a solution. In Yum’s wispy, pencil and watercolor illustrations, emotions are clearly conveyed, from closed-eyed bravado to nail-biting dread. VERDICT A not-so-scary look at talking about and tackling fears together.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


With the help of his two dogs, a boy attempts to tackle his fears—both imagined and real. Opening the book is a list of four scary things: monsters, ghosts, witches, and trolls. At first the boy doesn't want to reveal them to his dogs, a pug and a bull terrier. "Can't tell you. It's too much terror." But the bull terrier persists, and the two discuss each creature's scariness quotient. This hilarious back-and-forth conversation occurs in dialogue bubbles as the quizzical pug looks on. The boy then turns to scary "stuff that definitely exists," such as his nasty cousin, the bossy crossing guard, big growling dogs, and swimming pools that might have sharks in them. The terrier breezily brushes away each fear until the boy mentions the dark. "Okay," says the terrier. "Now that's a little scary." As the boy says, "Nameless evil could be lurking" there. The page turn reveals the boy and both dogs on a pitch-black spread with only eyeballs and dialogue to convey the heightened fear they are experiencing. The boy's solution is obvious but feels absolutely perfect given the scenario. Readers and their grown-ups will howl with laughter at the dry humor and the detailed illustrations that capture every eye roll and skeptical sideways glance. Jenkins and Yum perfectly portray the anxiety and false bravado of this delightful cast of characters who ultimately find fun in the scary stuff. (Picture book. 4-8)

Friday, May 29, 2015

review from PW

The Fun Book of Scary Stuff

Emily Jenkins, Author, Hyewon Yum, Illustrator

Green-faced witches, forest trolls, and a shark make appearances in this frank assessment of scary things, conducted by a child, a bull terrier, and a pug. “Dad says I should make a list of everything that frightens me. He says it will help me be brave,” says the child. “Your dad is weird,” the bull terrier replies. As the dogs and child carry on a voice-balloon discussion, monsters materialize along the walls of the child’s room; airy white backgrounds keep the spaces reassuringly well-lit. The pug takes a pragmatic view (“What’s so bad about ghosts?”), and the bull terrier acts tough (“You keep being scared of stuff that probably doesn’t exist”). When it comes to “stuff that definitely exists,” like a bullying cousin and bigger dogs, the terrier and pug are supportive; when they all step into a dark closet, even the bull terrier quakes until the child turns on the light. United, the three acknowledge their anxieties and defeat the creepy. With humor and logic in their arsenal, Jenkins (A Fine Dessert) and Yum (The Twins’ Little Sister) demystify fear in this encouraging show-and-tell. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)

Monday, May 18, 2015


Now the book is here!

My lovely editor Joy sent me the book like this!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015