A cinematic journey through the Seoul subway that masterfully portrays the many unique lives we travel alongside whenever we take the train. A poetic translation of the bestselling Korean picture book.
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS
★ “[S]ensitive, closely observed portraits.” Publisher’s Weekly
★ “A contemplative, poignant rendering of everyday journeys.” Kirkus Reviews
★ “[B]eautiful and unusual.” Youth Services Book Review
★ “Bewitching.” Foreword
Accompanied by the constant, rumbling ba-dum ba-dum of its passage through the city, the subway has stories to tell. Between sunrise and sunset, it welcomes and farewells people, and holds them—along with their joys, hopes, fears, and memories—in its embrace.
Originally published in Korean and brought to English-speaking audiences with the help of renowned translator Deborah Smith (The Vegetarian), I Am the Subway vividly reflects the shared humanity that can be found in crowded metropolitan cities.
- A wonderful gift for parents, carers, and grandparents of train-loving children
- Perfect for teachers and librarians looking for books that share global experiences and lives from an own-voice perspective
Great for fans of Next Stop Grand Central Station by Maira Kalman, Subway by Christopher Neiman, and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robertson
★“[S]ensitive, closely observed portraits of Seoul’s subway passengers…in this quiet treasure of a tale, every person in the crowd has a story, a family they love, and dreams they cherish.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
★“In this picture book, a subway train shares intimate stories while ferrying passengers around Seoul…A contemplative, poignant rendering of everyday journeys.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★“A bestselling Korean picture book is translated to bring this entrancing tale of “the unique lives of strangers you might never meet again” to a new audience. Told from the perspective of the Seoul subway, the story peels back layers on the people who board, reminding us that everyone we encounter has a story we don’t know. Bewitching.”—Foreword, starred review
★“In this beautiful and unusual book, first-person narration by a subway tells us all about the regulars who ride its cars in busy Seoul each day…Perfect for subway enthusiasts, kids who live in the city and think about their fellow train passengers, and for those who don’t but wonder what the experience would be like. If a class is studying Korea, this would be a fascinating unit activator.” —Youth Services Book Review, starred review
“This is a love song, a poem to a means of transportation, an excuse to talk about a beloved city and a true invitation to get to meet the people of Seoul, getting to know their names, their joys, their hopes, and of course, the stations they come to and from.” —Geek Dad
“[A] celebration of humanity, diversity and people of all walks of life.” —Books Grow Minds
“Journey through the Seoul subway as it ba-dum, ba-dums across the city and dip into the many lives that rely on it each day. Striking the perfect balance of being a universal story while staying deeply rooted in it’s sense of place, any reader who uses public transportation regularly will see echoes of their experiences in the crowded train cars. The illustrations, soft and expressive, are an important layer to the reading experience, adding more details and colors as the individual stories of each passenger unfolds.” —Stephanie Heinz, bookseller at Print Bookstore
“Having lived in South Korea for a couple years I am so happy to read this beautiful celebration of the small moments that happen everyday all around us in the most mundane yet fantastic of places.” —Ryan Kimmett, bookseller at Kismet Books
“The subway leads the reader on a journey of the heart, experiencing each new arrival with their story and thus their humanity. Poetic and powerful, this book has led me on not only a journey through Seoul but the experience of moments in the day and a connection to each rider.” —Jesica Sweedler-DeHart, librarian at Neill Public Library
- World Illustration Awards for Children Publishing