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By Salina Yoon

Early this morning, my new baby cousin was born so today’s post is for her!

I first read Opposnakes before Salina came to visit my school. It is about different snakes – opposites – Opposnakes. Like straight snake and tangled snake.

It is a flap book. The first page is one type of snake and when you open the flap you see the opposite. It is a book for little kids but still really cool.

When Salina came to my school, she used this book to explain her process. She explained that you need to look beyond the words and look at the pictures. The pictures tell you more details. For example, cold snake looks like mountains and has a scarf. Hot snake is the color of scarf and has beach stuff.

This review is to tell you to look at your books differently. Maybe next time you read a picture book, don’t read the words but tell a story just using the pictures.

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Bug Hunt & Dinosaur Discovery

By Salina Yoon

Review by Taran (8 months), translated by Westley (6 years)

Bug Hunt is about all sorts of different bugs. Dinosaur discovery is about different dinosaurs. 

My favorite part of the book was the flaps. I liked the pictures on the flaps. I liked lifting the flaps to see what was underneath. 

This book did not taste very good. Do not chew on it. It is not food. 

I recommend this book to kids who like bugs or dinosaurs or flaps. It is good for people who like to read books, not eat them.

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Be a Friend

by Salina Yoon

This is the best book of 2016. (Sorry, Penguin) I have already reviewed it but I feel I need to talk about it again. It is the book everyone should read.

The story is about Dennis who is not a normal boy. He communicates by actions, not words. He is a mime. I think it is really important right now to focus on how people act and not what they say. A lot of hurtful things are being said right now. There have been a lot of nice actions and there could be a lot more.

Joy accepts Dennis even though they are different. She sees beyond their differences and learns to communicate with him. Everyone needs to learn how to communicate in another way. Everyone should talk to people who are not like them. Their life will be better and they will learn new things.

I go to a school where I am different. I have found some Joys in my school and I try to be a Joy. I think I am becoming a better person because I am learning about differences and the differences aren’t really a big deal. At the end of the day, we are just kids and there is a lot in common there.

I give this book infinite number of stars, plus bonus ones. If you haven’t read it, do it.

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Meet the author: Salina Yoon

Salina, Penguin & Annoying Little Penguin
Social media/website
Twitter: @salinayoon

Tell me a little about yourself   I was born in South Korea, and moved to the U.S. when I was just 4 yrs old. I actually did not like books when I was little because I could not read them, and neither could my parents. We didn’t read or speak a word of English at the time. I actually learned a lot of English from watching Sesame Street. Even though we didn’t own many books at home, the few that we did have made an impression on me. I loved looking at the illustrations because you didn’t need words to understand them. I could make up my own stories! Enjoying the pictures made me want to be an artist myself. But I never dreamed that I’d be an author/illustrator of children’s books. That dream occurred to me only after college—as an adult!

How many books have you written & illustrated? Over 160… but I don’t know exactly. It’s hard to keep track after the first 100!

How did you become an author/illustrator? I wanted to be an artist ever since I was a kid. It was one thing I felt like I was good at and enjoyed. As I pursued art in my high school and college years, I learned that there weren’t many jobs out there for artists. I looked at children’s books and saw so much art in them, and it really appealed to me. I started off by illustrating very young children’s books that required very few words because I was still very afraid to write. It took me ten years of publishing before I wrote my first children’s story, “Penguin and Pinecone.” And now, I can’t stop!

Do you have a favorite book or character you have created? Penguin will always be my favorite book character of mine because it was my very first one. And he was inspired by my son, Max, who once brought home a pine cone he wanted to befriend.

Mine too! This was the first time I dressed as Penguin. I lost count how many times I have dressed up as him!

Do you have words of encouragement for a kid like me? Whatever it is that you love, keep doing it! Don’t be discouraged no matter the obstacles you face. The biggest obstacle for most people is their fear of failing. Just remember that you HAVE to fail in order to succeed! You can’t have one without the other, so think of each failure as a step towards success!

Do you have a favorite author or illustrator?  I have many, but at this very moment, I choose Peter Brown because I just finished reading The Wild Robot, and it was amazing! You should read it!

Why are you so awesome?  I’m awesome because I don’t give up! I’ve received hundreds (maybe thousands) of rejections over my career, but I don’t let that stop me from doing what I love. I keep going until I get it right.

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Penguin’s Christmas Wish

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By Salina Yoon

This is Penguin’s last story (Boo HOO, WAHHH). I love Penguin but I believe that Penguin will be having secret adventures. Maybe he is a spy now?

This story is about Penguin wanting to celebrate Christmas with his friends instead of a present. A lot of the characters from previous stories are in this story. I didn’t find Crab but maybe he is hiding because it is so cold. There was Moose, Polar Bear, the Puffins, Bootsy and Bear & Floppy.

Everyone should add this to their Christmas book collection. It is about the true meaning of Christmas, which is not piles and piles of presents. It is about the ones we love.

And come back tomorrow because Salina finally answers my questions.