Sunday Funday in Koreatown

Holiday House. (Yoomi, Friends, and Family). Mar. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823444472.
PreS-Gr 1–Yoomi (an anthropomorphic black-and-white cat) loves her Sunday Fundays, but this one is turning out all wrong. Her favorite cartoon is preempted by soccer. She can’t have kimbap for breakfast because they’re out of rice, and her favorite shirt is too wet from washing to wear. At least she still has her Funday bus trip to Koreatown with her dad. But even in Koreatown disappointment follows. The book Yoomi wants to read is already checked out from the bookmobile. At the Korean grocery, someone eats the last hotdog twist (her favorite) seconds before she can get it. The patbingsoo she tries is good, but moments later bright red tteokbokki gets splashed all over her second favorite shirt. Sunday Funday is officially ruined! Luckily, the last stop is to visit Grandma, who saves the day. Her sweater makes a perfect dress for Yoomi, and together they read Yoomi’s library book, which turns out to be pretty good. Kim’s conversational text and colorful cartoon illustration style will be familiar to those who have read her two previous Yoomi titles and completely accessible to those who haven’t. The detailed illustrations show Koreatown in all its glory and poor Yoomi in all her disappointment. Plus, the variety of animals Kim uses to populate her story is impressive and worthy of notice. Contains an author’s description of Koreatown, his family recipe for kimbap, and an illustration of how to make the shaved ice dessert patbingsoo.
VERDICT A story everyone can relate to with the bonus of Korean cultural information.

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