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Where's Halmoni?

8 x 10; $19.99

96 pages

ISBN: 9781632170774

Beautifully illustrated and told by debut author Julie Kim, this picture book in a graphic-novel style follows a young Korean girl and boy whose search for their missing grandmother leads them into a world inspired by Korean folklore, complete with mischievous goblins (dokkebi), a greedy tiger, a clever rabbit, and a wily fox.
 
Two young children pay a visit to Halmoni (grandmother in Korean), only to discover she's not home. As they search for her, noticing animal tracks covering the floor, they discover a window, slightly ajar, new to their grandmother's home.  Their curiosity gets the best of them, and they crawl through and discover an unfamiliar fantastical world, and their adventure begins.  As they continue to search for their grandmother and solve the mystery of the tracks, they go deeper into a world of Korean folklore, meeting a number of characters who speak in Korean along the way, and learn more about their cultural heritage. 
 
This beautifully illustrated graphic picture book is filled with a number of Easter eggs for readers of all ages to discover, and is inspired by the Korean folktales that author and illustrator Julie Kim heard while growing up. Translations to Korean text in the story and more about the folktale-inspired characters are included at the end.

JULIE KIM is an author and illustrator living in Seattle, WA. She has published with Cricket Magazine, Scholastic, and Mondo. Where's Halmoni? is her authorial debut.

Featured in the Seattle’s Child summer reading issue

"For its jaw-dropping art, encouraging bilingual attitude, and conscientious portrayal of Korean culture, Where’s Halmoni? is a perfect choice." School Library Journal, starred

"Kim's bright, expressive illustrations are a delight...an accessible, diverse title for a broad readership." Kirkus Reviews, starred


“The sibling banter is believable and delightful, [and] Kim’s panel sequences teem with energy.” Publishers Weekly, starred

“Go deeper into the world of Korean folklore and experience their cultural heritage in unexpected ways.” —Kid Lit Frenzy

Young readers who adore classic fairytales will want to escape into this story again and again.” 
—Bookish
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