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Two Korean children’s books receive Bologna Ragazzi AwardBy Kim Hae-yeon
Published : Feb. 25, 2022 - 15:02
The prestigious annual international awards identify the best products in terms of graphic and editorial quality, innovation and communication with young readers. Evaluated by an international jury of experts, the categories are divided into four genres: fiction, nonfiction, opera prima (debut work) and comics.
Lee Su-zy’s “Summer” and Choi Deok-kyu’s “Father’s Big Hands” received this year’s awards for fiction and nonfiction, respectively.
The awards ceremony will be held at Italy’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which is expected to open March 21.
Lee’s “Summer,” published by BIR Publishing Co., is a book divided in three acts, inspired by composer Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” By scanning a QR code on the book’s dust jacket, children can access the writer’s own commentary through a video with Vivaldi‘s Summer theme playing in the background. The 148-page book can thereby solely focus on illustrations, with no text involved.
Choi’s ”Father’s Big Hands,” published by YUN Edition, is based on the author’s own story about a boy who grows up under his father’s care, then looks after his father when he becomes an adult himself. The switched roles in the father-to-son relationship warmed the hearts of many readers. Via word of mouth, the illustrated book came to be beloved by adults as well. Upon the announcement, Choi thanked readers for recognizing his book and letting others know about it.
By Kim Hae-yeon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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