Today I’m so excited to be taking part in Blue Slip Media’s book tour for Magic Candies by the award-winning Heena Baek today!
Title: Magic Candies
Author/Illustrator: Heena Baek
Translator: Sophie Bowman
Publisher: Amazon Crossing Kids
Published: September 1, 2021
Format: Picture Book
Magic Candies is a funny, touching, and delightfully odd picture book that follows a lonely young boy named Tong Tong who accidentally purchases magic candies when he’s shopping for marbles. These magic candies allow him to hear the voices of things and people he couldn’t speak to before, including his sofa, his dog, and even his dead grandmother. Through these interactions, Tong Tong learns valuable lessons like what it means to be loved and how to find his voice. With the perfect balance of humor and heart, Heena Baek and Sophie Bowman tell an unforgettable story.
Magic Candies reminded me of why I love picture books so much, because they can constantly surprise you. The illustrations are absolutely fascinating! Heena Baek uses an incredibly unique method of photographing small models, creating something I’ve never seen before.
Magic Candies officially released yesterday, so you can pick up your copy today wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)
I am also hosting a giveaway over on Instagram, so don’t miss your chance to win a free copy, courtesy of Amazon Crossing Kids. Thank you to both Amazon Crossing Kids and Blue Slip Media for allowing me to review Magic Candies and making a giveaway possible!
About the Author:
Heena Baek is an acclaimed picture book author and illustrator from South Korea. She won the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a huge international award honoring the body of work of children’s book creators. She studied educational technology at Ewha Womans University and animation at the California Institute of the Arts. Utilizing her diverse animation production experience, Heena creates powerful and interesting picture books, often sculpting characters and building sets. She is the author and illustrator of a number of picture books, many of which have been translated and have received awards from South Korea and internationally. Follow her on Twitter @heenastory.
About The Translator:
Sophie Bowman studied social anthropology and Korean studies at SOAS University of London before going on to complete an MA in Korean literature at Ewha Womans University. She is now a PhD student at the University of Toronto, studying Korean literature. Sophie was a recipient of the ICF Literature Translation Fellowship during her studies at Ewha. She won the Korea Times Modern Korean Literature Translation Award grand prize for poetry in 2015 with her translations of Jin Eun-young and co-translated Kim Bo-Young’s I’m Waiting for You and Other Stories. Follow her on Twitter @SophieOrbital.