Books by Yumi Heo

FLABBERSMASHED ABOUT YOU by Rachel Vail
Released: July 3, 2012

"As the future of Katie and Jennifer's friendship remains unknown, this is for readers who are confronting loss or shifts in friendship. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The third Katie Honors entry (Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, 2002; Jibberwillies at Night, 2008) again traverses critical emotional territory, though the visual and textual quality don't match the topic's importance. Read full book review >
LADY HAHN AND HER SEVEN FRIENDS by Yumi  Heo
Released: April 10, 2012

"Delicate but strong imagery and a lighthearted touch with pattern and placement make the art of sewing and good cooperation quite enough to make a story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A Korean story from the late 19th century is the basis for this irresistible teaching tale about cooperation, respect for tools and sewing. Read full book review >
TEN DAYS AND NINE NIGHTS by Yumi  Heo
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 12, 2009

"Unfortunately, this visually pleasing offering still misses its mark. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In gorgeous folk-art–style oil-and-pencil illustrations, Korean-born Heo translates the oft-weighty anticipation of an overseas adoption into a young Asian-American girl's literal countdown to the arrival of her little sister. Read full book review >
JIBBERWILLIES AT NIGHT by Rachel Vail
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"With its clever resolution and understanding tone, this vibrant tale is a terrific antidote to things that go bump in the night. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This lively tale offers an ingenious solution to conquering children's nighttime fears. Read full book review >
HEY MR. CHOO-CHOO, WHERE ARE YOU GOING? by Susan Wickberg
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"Children will happily clap along to the steady (but never monotonous) beat, and younger trainiacs will clamor for repeat ride-ride-rides. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In an author's debut made to be chanted aloud, variants on the title question draw responses from a locomotive chugging its way along: "I'm puff-puff-puffin' / In my smoke-smoke-stack. / Bells are clang-clang-clangin'. / I'm on the good track!" Read full book review >
UNCLE PETER’S AMAZING CHINESE WEDDING by Lenore Look
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Children of any culture will accept with pleasure Look's invitation to witness this distinctive iteration of a universal life event. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this feel-good companion to Henry's First-Moon Birthday (2001), young Jenny participates in a favorite uncle's wedding—unhappily, until she's given an attitude-altering task to perform in it. Read full book review >
TANGERINES AND TEA by Ona Gritz
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Arch, brash, cunning. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A quite unusual abcedarium presents the letters of the alphabet in alliterative one-line rhymes, e.g. Read full book review >
MOONDOG by Alice Hoffman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"No, it doesn't exactly hang together, but Heo's art—bright colors and broad patterns—reflects the tale's mysterious tone and interspecies closeness—and many young dog owners will recognize a touch of moondog in their own pets. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Two children discover hidden sides to their dog and to a lonely neighbor in this atmospheric tale from an author more known for psychologically charged novels. Read full book review >
SMILE, LILY! by Candace Fleming
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2004

"One especially amusing picture shows an enormous crying Lily surrounded by tiny worried adults, beautifully illustrating that babies truly are the center of their universe. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Readers from young children to grandparents will appreciate the frustration felt by Lily's family in Fleming's lyrical journey into what makes a baby tick. Read full book review >
THE SNAKE’S TALES by Margherite W. Davol
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Ripe for a storyteller's voice. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This original tale was suggested by The Storytelling Stone, a traditional Seneca tale, and explains how stories began. Read full book review >
HENRY’S FIRST-MOON BIRTHDAY by Lenore Look
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"Bright, colorful, busy, and jumpy (just like real life in any happy household with a healthy newborn), this story will be of special interest to Chinese-American families and to parents of adopted Chinese children, but has universal appeal. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Baby Henry is celebrating his one-month birthday, with everyone in his Chinese-American family making extensive preparations for the festivities, especially his big sister, Jenny, and their grandmother, Gnin-Gnin. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES I’M BOMBALOO by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"An honest and understanding appraisal of tantrums from the child's perspective. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A keen-eyed view on the evolution and eruption of a child's tantrum and its aftermath. Read full book review >
ONE SUNDAY MORNING by Yumi  Heo
Released: March 1, 1999

"Simple sound-effect words, such as the "whooshing" of bicycles and "cha cha chat" of monkeys, are interspersed throughout, and will prompt noisy give-and-take with children as Minho's day out unfolds. (Picture book. 3-5)"
PLB 0-531-33156-3 Any preschooler who has shed a tear upon being awakened from a too-pleasant dream will relish Heo's companion book to One Afternoon (1994). Read full book review >
PETS! by Melrose Cooper
by Melrose Cooper, illustrated by Yumi Heo
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"There is even a bit of a mystery here: What animal will the top-shaped boy choose to take home from the show? (Picture book. 4-9)"
In a rhymed story of a trip to a pet show to secure a pet—"A happy-as-can-be pet/A perfect-fit-for-me pet!"—Heo's artwork is an elegant, offbeat match for Cooper's joyful text. Read full book review >
THE LONELY LIONESS AND THE OSTRICH CHICKS by Verna Aardema
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Unique compositions and perspectives, combined with a subdued palette that uses all the greens, golds, and ochres of the grasslands, challenge existing geometric notions of African art. (Picture book/folklore. 3-8)"
 A lonely lioness and a resolute mother ostrich take center stage among a cast of African animal characters in this model Aardema retelling of a Masai folktale. Read full book review >
THE GREEN FROGS by Yumi  Heo
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

 From a Korean folktale, the story of two frogs who always do the opposite of what their mother tells them. Read full book review >
FATHER'S RUBBER SHOES by Yumi  Heo
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Hope and promise join with longing in a heartfelt book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
 The ache of homesickness is shot through Heo's story of the travails that wait upon the emigrant's experience. Read full book review >
ONE AFTERNOON by Yumi  Heo
by Yumi Heo, illustrated by Yumi Heo
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"City racket made fun. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
 This detailed rendering of the sounds of an ordinary day in New York City will keep readers poring over these pages, drawn to resemble a child's collage. Read full book review >
THE RABBIT'S JUDGMENT by Suzanne Crowder Han
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1994

"An unusual and attractive edition of a wise and worthy story. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
 Citing this sage tale's previous appearance in her own Korean Folk and Fairy Tales, Han discusses the various sources she consulted for her retelling. Read full book review >