*STARRED* REVIEW FROM SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: "The illustrations and the narrative work together wonderfully to tell this fascinating episode in Korean naval history. A great mix of myth and history for most picture book collections."

The Turtle Ship

The Turtle Ship sailed into the world on JUNE 5, 2018! It’s been getting great reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and a starred review in the School Library Journal.

The Turtle Ship is a picture book about a boy named Sun-sin who dares to dream BIG, even though people laugh at him. Inspired by his pet turtle, he enters a national contest for the best battleship design. It’s loosely based on true facts about the Korean hero Admiral Yi Sun-sin and his incredible turtle ship. Brilliant artist Colleen Kong-Savage illustrated the book with exquisite paper collage. You can see more about the book on Lee & Low’s website.

We had an amazing launch party in NYC! About a hundred people showed up, and details are in this blog post.

Next up: Our L.A. Reading/Signing at Children’s Book World, Saturday September 8th at 2:30. Colleen the illustrator will be flying out from NYC for this event! See the invitation below.

GIVEAWAY: From now through July, I will be running a giveaway! It’s easy to enter: 1) Purchase the book and 2) email a photo/copy of your proof of purchase to: hkrheeauthor@gmail.com. If your receipt shows the purchase of multiple copies, you will be entered multiple times. Five winners will be randomly selected (by a software program) at the end of July! Each winner will receive a signed copy of the book (if desired, the inscription can be personalized to whomever you want) + swag (cool stuff you will want to show off).

Below are links to order the books. If books are sold out online or unavailable at your local shop, you can always order directly from the publisher Lee & Low. Signed copies are now available at Children’s Book World (L.A.) and Books of Wonder (NYC) — both in-store and online!

Cover art to be revealed once it's ready!

The Paper Kingdom

This is my second picture book, which will be illustrated by talented artist Pascal Campion and published by Penguin Random House. More details are coming soon. For now, check out the Publisher’s Weekly announcement. And Pascal’s amazing work is on Instagram.

Articles & Interviews

Most recent listed first:

  1. Starred review of THE TURTLE SHIP in School Library Journal. June 14, 2018. Click here.
  2. Great review of THE TURTLE SHIP in Publisher’s Weekly. May 9, 2018. Click here.
  3. Q&A for National Picture Book Writing Week. May 1, 2018. Click here.
  4. Article for SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) about joining their pro track at the annual conference. August 9, 2017. Click here.
  5. Q&A for SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) about getting the book deal for The Turtle Ship. May 17, 2017. Click here.
  6. Original deal announcement for The Turtle Ship in Publisher’s Weekly (scroll to halfway down the page). January 10, 2017. Click here.