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May 2008 - Immedium

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A. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Established in 1978 by the US Congress, this special month commemorates two key dates in American history: the first Japanese immigration (May 7, 1843) and how Chinese workers helped complete the transcontinental railroad (May 10, 1869).

Immedium is proud to help celebrate the contributions and culture of Asian Americans. We'll share our recent book The Year of the Rat in San Mateo, CA on 5/10 at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival. Next the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, CA has invited us back on 5/25 to read the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac and Julie Black Belt.

"RBF Approved - We Tested, We Love:
Whee - according to Chinese Astrology, this year is for the rats! The illustrated children's book The Year of the Rat is super cute about a little rat who gets into trouble with the family of humans he lives with because he gnaws a little too much and hoardes items he shouldn't be hoarding. Bright, colorful illustrations, a cute cast of characters and a lesson that sometimes we need to be true to ourselves made this a delightful read."
- Rare Bird Finds

B. Woollyhoodwinks #2: Ozard
Anticipation for our crafty August release is multiplying like a stitch in time. Made lovably real in select woolen fabrics, the Woollyhoodwinks are handmade in the USA, and cajole fans to DIY (do it yourself). Each 'Wink is completely unique, as is their upcoming tale which features an inspired "hand-sewn" illustration style. Here is the third of these five furry friends:

He is the scientist of the bunch. This Woollyhoodwink studies, tests, and tinkers until he finds the answer. Ozard is one smart cookie, having devised a genius dumbwaiter system to haul library books up to his special reading spot in their home in a hollow tree. Math homework assistance? No problem. Solving an argument with a friend? Consider it done. The other 'Hoodwinks look up to Ozard as the brainy one, the "Professor" of the Black North Forest.

C. The Red Bull from Monster Isle
Also ready to come off the drawing board onto your bookshelf, is our September title which blends the hijinks of Gilligan's Island with…Godzilla! The boy Finnegan and his family land on Monster Isle, home to an amazing bestiary. Colorfully illustrated by the monster master Jeff Miracola, the inhabitants include:

The Catoblepas:
This red bull needs no energy drink to rival the strength of a buffalo, but its heavy head pulls its bloodshot gaze towards the ground. Its name comes from the Greek word "to look downwards". Wielding impressive horns and a mane of protective scales along its back, the beast is legendary for its toxic breath (though nothing some after dinner mints wouldn't fix). This creature is naturally bullish, regardless of current forecasts about the economy.

Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought
(ISBN: 978-1-59702-014-7, $15.95)

"this book is a fun, colorful look at all the different types of trains. The character designs are top-notch. Heath's style is so rich with flavor -- I think I'm going to be sick from all the sweetness. (That's a good thing.)"
- The Ward-o-Matic


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

"The illustration duo of Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy primarily make digital art featuring the most delightful characters and scenes imaginable. I especially love their Octonauts children's book series and the mascots they designed for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics."
- The New Zealand Herald


- 5/10: Oliver Chin: JBB: Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, San Mateo Central Park Recreation Center, 50 East 5th Ave, CA, 2:30 pm
- 5/14: OC: Comics Workshop: Kipp Bayview Academy, 1060 Key Ave San Francisco, CA, (415) 467-2522, 4 pm.
- 5/16: OC: Comics Workshop: San Pablo Public Library, 2300 El Portal Dr. Suite D, CA, 3 pm.
- 5/17: OC: Comics Workshop: Pinole Library: 2935 Pinole Valley Road, CA, (510) 758-2741, 1 pm.
- 5/21: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Canadian Children's Book Centre - Art Extravaganza, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 7:30 pm.
- 5/25: OC: YOR: Bay Area Discovery Museum - Asian Heritage Month Festival: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA, 415-339-3900, 10:30 am.


- 6/12: OC: Story Time: San Francisco Public Library - Sunset Branch: 1305 18th Ave, CA, 10:30 am.
- 6/14: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: CWILL - Spring Book Hatching , Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1 pm.
- 6/21: OC: Manga Workshop: Hayward Library - Weekes Branch: 27300 Patrick Ave, Hayward CA, 1 pm.
- 6/22: OC: TTT Golden Gate Live Steamers, Tilden Park, Berkeley, CA, noon.
- 6/23-7/18: OC: Comics Class: Euphrat Museum, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.


May flowers will bloom as predicted!

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