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The Spotlight
December 2007 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Rat-a-tat-tat: Ralph the Rat has arrived!
Looking for a perfect present for a loved one? Though 2008 is not here yet, we're happy to announce that our sequel The Year of the Rat is! The third book in the series The Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is ready to bring smiles to children and adults everywhere.

Ralph the rat joins the humorous ranks of Patty the Pig and Daniel the Dog in our expanding pantheon of furry heroes. Ralph befriends the boy named Bing, and together they usher in another cast of colorful characters and tackle a brave new world of adventure!

Illustrator Jeremiah Alcorn pushes the artistic envelope to animate another marvelously inviting world. In the coming months, we'll read dozens of story times to readers of all ages.

So we hope you'll see for yourself how Ralph will bring to life the Chinese New Year in a funny and fresh way.

B. Meomi wins the Olympic Trials!
"Meomi takes the cake in cute character design, and it turns out, now they have a book! I'm definitely adding 'The Octonauts' to my Santa list this year!"
- TokyoBunnie

The Octonauts' sequel (www.octonauts.com) delights appreciative audiences - if you've been a good girl or boy, you may be lucky and find a copy of The Sea of Shade under your Christmas tree (or similar holiday decoration).

Meanwhile, their authors Meomi's continue to spread glad tidings. In fact, they won the contest to create the mascots of Vancouver's upcoming 2010 winter Olympics!

News of Meomi's winning designs got picked up by popular blog's Drawn! and Boing Boing. So here's to the pride of Canada who is giving the good citizens of the world something to cheer about.

C. Julie Black Belt kicks higher!
"Practice makes perfect. That's what Julie learns in her beginning kung fu class along with lessons about dedication and determination. (She thinks getting a black belt will be a snap.) San Francisco author Oliver Chin writes a high-action story that encourages deep reflection despite the action movie look."
- San Francisco Chronicle

Julie Black Belt (www.julieblackbelt.com) turns heads wherever she goes. This empowering read is ideal for kids who are acquiring a martial art as well as for those who enjoy energetic illustrations set to a plot with a learning curve.

Comicon's Jennifer Contino interviewed Charlene Chua's who "tells us how she got her 'kicks' working on this junior karate kid."

Read the feature "CHUA'S BLACK BELT IN ILLUSTRATION" here.

D. Thanks for a brilliant 2007!
Yes, it's hard to believe another year is almost in the books. In 2007, we published four children's titles on a variety of subjects, and each features stellar artistry:

January: The Year of the Pig

June: Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought

September: Julie Black Belt

October: The Octonauts and the Sea of Shade

Along they way, we're glad to have met so many kids, parents, familial relations, and friends who've enjoyed our stories' messages, content, and style. For 2008, we plan to keep producing innovative tales. The Year of the Rat leads off, followed by a bevy of cool titles coming later in the year.

Julie Black Belt
(ISBN: 1-59702-009-5, $15.95)

"I recommend this book. The characters' constant state of motion adds excitement to the story. The kung fu classes are filled with male and female racially diverse students, and their cartoon-like appearance will appeal to children. When children read Julie's story they will understand how important and beneficial it can be to keep going despite difficulties. Julie's tireless effort and enthusiastic attitude create a positive ending to this story."
- Resource Links


The Octonauts and the Sea of Shade
(ISBN: 978-1-59702-010-7, $15.95)

"The illustrations are simply amazing: colourful digital cartoons that have the mark of becoming classics. Each page is chock full of details to pore over."
- Art MoCo


- 12/14: Oliver Chin: TTT: San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA, 11 am & 2:30 pm
- 12/16: Oliver Chin: TTT: Golden State Model Railroad Museum, 900-A Dornan Drive, Point Richmond, CA, 12:30 pm.
- 12/19: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: San Francisco Juvenile Hall, San Francisco, CA, 9:30 am.


- 1/2/08: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: Benicia Public Library, CA, 2 pm.
- 1/10/08: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: San Francisco Public Library - Presidio branch, San Francisco, CA, 6 pm.
- 1/11/08: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: San Francisco Public Library - Anza branch, San Francisco, CA, 4 pm.
- 1/13/08: Oliver Chin: YOR: Marin Chinese Cultural Association.
- 1/19/08: Oliver Chin: Presenter: Santa Clara County Reading Council: Asilomar Reading Conference - 2008, Pacific Grove, CA, 10:30 am.
- 1/24/08: Oliver Chin: YOR: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, (415) 927-0960, 10 am.
- 1/27/08: Oliver Chin: YOR: Families with Children from China-Northern California: Between Two New Years Celebration, 1 pm.
- 1/30/08: Oliver Chin: Guest Speaker: De Anza College - Creative Arts Division (Painting & Drawing), 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA, 4 pm.
- 1/31/08: Oliver Chin: YOR: Books, Inc. - Laurel Village, San Francisco, CA, 6:30 pm.


Happy holidays and peace be with you, every one!

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