똥이 필요해

I simply must share some of these awesome Korean (written by a Korean in Korean) children’s books I’ve gotten my hands on.

Title of the first book, 똥이 필요해 written by 노영수 and illustrated by 유현경. For those who don’t know Korean, the title is… I Need Poop.

In I Need Poop, a rabbit sits, happily eating carrots. He eats them all and his stomach is full and a small apple tree asks for his poop. So the rabbit turns and poops all over the apple tree. (Complete with “bbujik, bbujik” noises.)

The apple tree cries out, “That’s not enough! I need some different poop!”

The rabbit, rather hurt, says, “Is my poop lacking?”

The rabbit collects a goat, who poops on the tree. (Sound? “Tong, tong, tong!”) A mouse rakes his poop onto the tree’s roots.

Next up, a pig wearing a baseball cap. The mouse, rabbit and tree all hold their noses while the pig does his duty. “Bbujijik!”

Still, the tree is not happy. “Give me more poop!”

The rabbit gets a cow. “Jwareureureuk!”

The apple tree grows up tall and strong and finally yells out, “Children! Come quickly and eat apples!” The animals (and a dog, some ducks, and some other creatures) eat apples. The tree explains, “Because of your poop, I grew a lot of fruit, thank you!”

The animals yell, “Wow! Our poop made these delicious apples!” (See? I have photographic proof of this.)

Finally, a dog lets loose on the tree (no, fresh dog poop does not make good compost, and dog poop should never be used on food crops) while a second tree cries out, “Me, too!”

The end.

I swear, I might photocopy a page from this book, frame it, and hang it over my worm bin. Awesome.