Books by Joung Un Kim

NEIGHBORS by George Held
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"Well-illustrated poetry which may be too challenging for some younger readers."
This latest addition to the Neighbors poetry series offers engaging poetry for young children. Read full book review >
NEIGHBORS by George Held
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2013

"This oversized volume won't fit on a bookshelf; leave it open on a table to display the art. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
Poems celebrate 12 animals that might be found in American backyards. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 10, 2011

"Charming critters in collage and poetry for people of all ages."
Not your standard children's poetry book, this illustrated collection offers sounds and scenes to savor for ages 3 and up. Read full book review >
HEN HEARS GOSSIP by Megan McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

Hen hears a juicy bit of gossip in the barnyard and can't wait to tell someone. Of course, as each animal tells another, the information becomes more and more distorted. When the story makes its rounds and comes back to Hen, she discovers that it is now being said that she is "lazy, fat, and ate all the corn." Determined to prove her innocence, she works with the other animals to check out the veracity of each variation. Even the attempts to set the record straight get everyone mixed up. McDonald has a light touch, employing language that is simple and direct, and the bits of transmogrifying gossip are delightfully absurd. Kim's mixed-media illustrations take the form of bright, childlike and appropriately goofy cartoons that incorporate lots of eye-catching patterns and designs, and even a hidden message. This gentle lesson about the insidious nature of gossip will be understood by all but the very youngest readers, who can enjoy it just for fun. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
SUMI’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL EVER by Soyung Pak
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

The first day of school can be frightening for any child, but when Sumi enters the noisy classroom full of children saying things that she doesn't understand, she decides that maybe school is a lonely, mean, and scary place as well. Her mother manages to teach her two things in English: how to understand when someone asks for your name and how to answer them. The young Korean girl can follow the children's example and sees the kind smiles that her teacher gives her, but still feels alone until another girl crouches beside her to draw in the sand at recess. The pictures give Sumi the courage to give her name when the girl asks for it and with the hope of a new friend, Sumi returns with confidence to the classroom. Warm smudges of color layer together to provide simple illustrations for this sweet tale of a difficult and common experience no matter the ethnicity. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
WHY THE FROG HAS BIG EYES by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

For novice readers, a simply told original fable illustrated with scenes of familiar, brightly colored animals with beady, staring eyes. Staring is what it's all about, as Frog boasts that he can outstare any rival. He proves his claim on Horse and Rabbit, but meets his match in Fish—who, having no eyelids, holds Frog blinkless for so long that his eyes become large and fixed, as they are to this day. The moral's made clear without being spelled out, and occasional contractions keep very short text from sounding wooden. Good preparation for the classic fables of Aesop. Oddly, the illustrator gets a thumbnail profile, but not the author. (Easy reader. 5-6) Read full book review >