Archive for July, 2021

Kim Hyo-eun’s I Am the Subway

h1 Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

I’ve a review over at BookPage of Kim Hyo-eun’s beguiling I Am the Subway (Scribble, August 2021), orginally published in South Korea in 2016 and translated by Deborah Smith.

The review is here, and below are some spreads.


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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #750: Featuring Heena Baek

h1 Sunday, July 4th, 2021

I’ve a review over at BookPage of Heena Baek’s Moon Pops (Owlkids, August 2021). As you will read in my review, the book was originally published in South Korea and has been translated into English by Jieun Kiaer. Author-illustrator Heena Baek won the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and this is the first of her books to be published in English. It is the story of a summer night so hot that the moon melts. So. A perfect book for summer.

Here is the review, and below are some spreads. …

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Jenny Mei Is Sad

h1 Thursday, July 1st, 2021

“My friend Jenny Mei is sad.” The narrator of Tracy Subisak’s Jenny Mei Is Sad (Little, Brown, June 2021) tells us this on the book’s first spread as the two of them walk to school. We can see it in Jenny’s hunched shoulders and scowling face. But sometimes it’s hard to discern when someone is grieving, especially if they mask it. A good friend, though, knows how to listen; how to spot churning, if hidden, feelings; and how, in nuanced ways, to show support.

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