Magical imagination that will cool midsummer
Another summer story drawn by the author of Watermelon Swimming Pools
“I’ll let you hear sounds of the sea”
One day, Granny has an unexpected summer vacation!
Granny’s Summer Vacation is the second original picture book by “Bonsoir lune” (Park So Young), who received enthusiastic responses and high expectations from children and adults alike with her picture book Watermelon Swimming Pools (published by Changbi), which sparkles with brilliant imagination. Noteworthy for its imagination, which freely moves between reality and fantasy, this work begins with a grandson visiting his solitary grandmother one summer day. The space in which Granny lives is depicted in detail through objects including a buzzing old electric fan, television set, family photographs, an armchair, a small traditional Korean low dining table, and dainty flower pots. Although there is no explanatory text, readers can fully surmise her personality and feelings with the illustrations alone. After her grandson has given her a conch that resonates with the sounds of ocean waves and departed, Granny is seated in an empty room, watching the television. Suddenly, she goes inside the conch with her puppy Mary and comes to enjoy a summer vacation. The author presents an impressive expression throughout the work by contrasting the home where Granny leads her everyday life and the seaside where she enjoys a vacation. Whereas the protagonist’s home is exquisitely depicted through bric-a-brac, the sea is shown as a space where a wide-open view and a bold composition unfold. While Granny is portrayed as reticent and quiet in her daily life, she is presented as lighthearted and humorous at the sea. Adding outstanding imagination and sensitive mise-en-scène, the author spins the magical event that occurs to the heroine into a fascinating story. Granny’s Summer Vacation is a picture book where, through Granny, who embarks on an unexpected vacation, readers will be able to enjoy the joy of vacations and travel to their hearts’ content.