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Lee Su-zy, first Korean winner of Hans Christian Andersen Prize

By Hyun Seo-kyung | 기사입력 2022/04/15 [18:38]

Lee Su-zy, first Korean winner of Hans Christian Andersen Prize

By Hyun Seo-kyung | 입력 : 2022/04/15 [18:38]

 

 

On March 21st, 2022, South Korean author and illustrator Lee Su-zy won the Hans Christian Andersen Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for the authors and illustrators of children’s books.



On March 21st, 2022, South Korean author and illustrator Lee Su-zy won the Hans Christian Andersen Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for the authors and illustrators of children’s books. She became the first Korean winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Prize. Her latest work, Summer won the illustrator section of the award. This delightful news was announced at the press conference held at Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy.


The Hans Christian Andersen Prize has the highest authority among many children’s literature awards. Since this award considers all the works that the writer has created so far as a target, it is much more difficult to win a prize there than other awards. The award only selects one illustrator and one writer per year. Overcoming this high competition rate, Korea became the 28th country to produce an Andersen winner.


Lee Su-zy’s prize-winning work, Summer was inspired by “Summer” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. She connected the image of children dabbling in water with “Summer.” In this book, there are only short passages at the beginning of each chapter. From the short passage, which has a form of a journal, and unique illustration, we can vividly experience how children feel when they welcome and enjoy the summer.


Not only her major work but also other works of hers have been highly evaluated for their artistry and creativity. It was also said that her picture book is more than a simple fairy tale and it’s like a piece of art. In her picture book, the whole story is contained in the picture rather than in the language. This is her consideration for children who have difficulties in reading. Like this, she always tries to understand children and write books from their point of view.


After receiving the prize, the sales of her picture books have increased by about 154 times than before. Her major work Summer ranked 1st among the daily bestsellers. Other works including Wave also recorded high sales. The main age group who purchased her books was in their 40s. This proves that her books offer warmth and comfort not only to children but also to all ages.
 

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