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December 2008 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Eight isn't enough for Octonauts fans!
One small Frown Fish produces really big smiles. The star of the Octonauts' latest tale is a proven audience pleaser, just like its eight friends.

"The third book in The Octonauts series is once again full of colourful and engaging illustrations...The characters display characteristics to which young children can relate - concern for the feelings of others, seeing the value in simple pleasures, using technology, and appreciating one's friends. An important lesson is taught about caring for the feelings of others. How often do we act without taking into account how others will feel about our actions? How often do we care about others who appear to be sad? Many conflicts could be avoided if we just paid more attention to the feelings of others. Although the book appeals to young children, it has a wry sense of humour which will also appeal to adult readers...All in all, the book engages the readers through its visual appeal!...This book could be used as a read aloud for children at home and with students in primary classrooms. Meomi's story will inspire discussion about issues as far ranging as: underwater creatures, happiness, sadness, feelings, music, and reading. Recommended."
- CM magazine (Canadian Review of Materials)

Enjoy some of the pictures from Meomi's recent author tour on their blog at http://hellomeomi.livejournal.com.

B. Olivia the Ox counts down to 2009
Ralph the Rat from the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac enjoyed a great 2008 and also made a bunch of pals along the way.

"This story is just so sweet and the illustrations have that beautiful classic cartoon feel. Makes me proud to be a rat!"
- Coquette

But all good things must come to a blend - and be joined by another adventure just as snazzy. So we herald The Year of the Ox, which stars our newest heroine Olivia and her girlfriend Mei. The fourth book in the series is illustrated again by the inspired Miah Alcorn. It arrives in the USA next week, just in time to be a great gift for loved ones near and dear to you.

"Oliver Chin's spirited storytelling and Mia Alcorn's spot on characterization and subtle palette combine to bring Olivia and Mei in The Year of the Ox into rambunctious life."
- Belle Yang, author of Hannah Is My Name

C. Happy Holidays & You Tube video gift to you!

"We're now entering the dangerous X-mas shopping period, where we'll all be on the lookout for some gifts for friends and family, and here's our first suggestion for you! Immedium books are a San Francisco publisher who produce illustrated books, and what's great about them is that they're great for youngsters, but also great from an aesthetical point of view."
- Thunder Chunky UK

The Examiner newspaper also added our titles in their Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Gifts for little book lovers.

We'd like to take this moment to express our sincere gratitude for all your support this past year. Your thoughtful and energetic readership inspires us to create more fantastic journeys for you to read. As a token of our appreciation, here is a fun gift for your viewing pleasure: our debut You Tube video - the "theatrical" trailer for Julie Black Belt!

Take a look, forward the link to a friend, and read the book for yourself. Thanks to our video intern Nat Lee for producing this original episode, which hopefully is the first of more to come!

Plus, as a final present, for the month of December: purchase Welcome to Monster Isle from www.immedium.com, and get a free, limited edition, 11 x 17 poster, signed by artist Jeff Miracola and author Oliver Chin!


The Woollyhoodwinks vs. the Dark Patch
(ISBN: 1-59702-012-1, $15.95)

"Immedium is a San Francisco based publisher of the cutest illustrated children's books. Their newest book, Woollyhoodwinks has the cutest plush wool characters in it! You will fall in love with them. The story is really cute too! The five characters take turns trying to solve the mystery of the dark patch that is spreading, which is a piece of the sky that fell to the earth. The photography is great too!"
- On My Perch

The Octonauts & the Frown Fish
(ISBN: 1-59702-14-5, $15.95)

"This is the third edition in the Octonauts series and yet again the colors are right on point. The cast of colorful characters are on another deep blue adventure, this time to help out the frown fish have a little fun. Each page is a treat for any color lover as the book is full of color cuteness of soft yet vibrant palettes, and the wonderful compositions and styling we've come to expect from the Meomi team's illustrations."
- Colour Lovers



- 12/2: Oliver Chin: Welcome to Monster Isle: Hamlin School 2129 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, 8 am.
- 12/6: Woollyhoodwinks & Monster Isle: Foster City Public Library 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA, 10:30 am.
- 12/6: Jeff Miracola: Welcome to Monster Isle: Muckwonago Community Library,300 Washington Avenue, Mukwonago, WI, noon.
- 12/13: Woollyhoodwinks: San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, 550 Sutter St San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-773-0303
- 12/14: Timmy & Tammy's Train of Thought: Golden State Model Railroad Museum, 900-A Dornan Drive, Point Richmond, CA, 12:30 pm.


- 1/4: Oliver Chin: The Year of the Ox: Bowers Museum - Kidseum, 12:30 pm.
- 1/20: Elaine Chu: YOO: Kensington Public Library, 61 Arlington Ave, CA, (510) 524-3043, 7 pm.
- 1/24: Oliver Chin: YOO: Books Inc: 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-931-3633, 11 am.
- 1/25: Oliver Chin: YOO: Oakland Museum: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, California, 510-238-2200, 1 pm.
- 1/26: Oliver Chin: YOO: San Pablo Public Library, 2300 El Portal Dr. Suite D, San Pablo Community Resource Center, CA, 510-374-3998, 7 pm.
- 1/31: Oliver Chin: YOO: Families with Children from China -Northern California: Between Two New Years Celebration, Mill Valley Community Center, 1 pm.


Cherish the gift of the imagination and the warmth of friends and family this season.

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