Painter Sin Seon-mi is evaluated in South Korean artistic circles as having accomplished the temporal expansion of traditional East Asian painting. Addressing the daily lives of contemporary women while using the techniques of traditional East Asian color painting, her work is known to portray intricately the games of graceful women and children dressed in hanbok, the traditional Korean costume, cats, and ant fairies that busily travel between dreams and reality in sophisticated colors and reflecting a wealth of stories in the canvas. Likewise, in this picture book, the artist places next to a mother and a child wearing hanbok and ant fairies a clinical thermometer, a bottle gourd, and a character pillow, thus creating a mysterious atmosphere that straddles tradition and contemporaneity. In addition, she boldly omits depictions of the background, thus calling readers’ attention to the characters, painted on subtly ochre-colored traditional Korean paper. The artist’s mysterious childhood experience of seeing fairies has become the starting point of her “ant fairy” series. That memory lay dormant in her mind for long, maturing as she became a mother, finally to be born as a picture book starring her son. The artist painstakingly recreated that tale of fairies miraculously encountered in the innocence of childhood on large sheets of traditional Korean paper measuring over one meter over two years, thus producing 25 beautiful traditional East Asian paintings. Thus completed, Ant Fairies in the Middle of the Night is one beautiful painting collection and picture book.