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The Spotlight
March 2009 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Barack Obama is an Ox!
As we all know, 2009 is a challenging year around the world. Luckily, America's new President Obama was born in The Year of the Ox - 1961.

Like our new book's heroine Olivia, President Obama is rolling up his sleeves to help the community at large. Let's wish him good luck and pitch in too, as he personifies her character of a hard working and steadfast friend.

Meanwhile, author Oliver Chin continues to share Olivia's story throughout California. Take a look at some recent TV coverage:
- KTVU - Fox Channel 2
- KGO - ABC Channel 7
- KTSF - Channel 26

"Chin's keen sense of humor and Alcorn's hilarious cartoon-like illustrations will appeal to young children, through and through. Olivia's story introduces the personality attributes associated with those born in The Year of the Ox while showing, in an engaging and playful manner, that it takes determination, patience and hard work to be true to oneself."
- Paper Tigers

B. Adventure travelers recommend Monster Isle
The appeal of a tourist destination rests upon satisfying its guests. Faraway Monster Isle is no different!

Fortunately, this secret hideaway has become a four star vacation for thrill-seeking readers, due to a bounty of admiring reviews from recent visitors:

"Filled with exuberantly colorful and cartoony illustrations, Welcome to Monster Isle is…an enthusiastic, upbeat tale perfect for reading aloud to young monster lovers."
- Midwest Book Review

"It's a charming introduction to crytozoology for very young children, with the polysyllabic words they seem to enjoy, and gorgeously illustrated. And it has positive messages aplenty: man and manimal can live in harmony; you create your own fears; and working cooperatively is rewarding. If, as an adult, you have to read the same story every single night till your sanity gives way, this will be more pleasant than 99% of the competition."
- Fortean Times

"Welcome to Monster Isle is a children's book I would have loved to read to my own kids...The kids will love these monsters, and adults reading this book to those kids will appreciate the homages, the lively plot, and the fun art...It'd be a terrific gift for any creature-loving kids in your life."
- Tony Isabella, Comics Buyer's Guide

C. The stylish land of SKAFFS approaches

Coming in May 2009 is the debut picture book, Chaff n' Skaffs: Mai and the lost Moskivvy, from the cool digital illustrator SKAFFS.

Word has reached his native Australia where fans are already queuing up to get their autographed books. Some lucky blokes have previewed Skaffs' brilliantly hued quest and have given it the thumbs up. Preorder your copy today!

"A Dazzling Celebration of Childhood: ... A touching tale that teaches children the importance of family, friendship and love, the book is packed with vibrant, colourful illustrations and incredible creatures... As you follow the adventures of these three intrepid voyageurs, you can't help but fall in love with the dazzling hues, exotic animals and intriguing storyline that splash the pages of this book. So celebrate the true meaning of being a kid, and order a copy of this gem of a book for the little ones in your family."
- Chic Today


The Octonauts & the Frown Fish
(ISBN: 978-159702-014-5, $15.95)

"Meomi's illustrations are colorful and the underwater scenery is very detailed. Young readers will undoubtedly discover something new each time they open the book. Meomi's story teaches children to embrace people's differences, not shy away from them."
- Northwest Asian Weekly


"Here's another San Francisco gem I recently became aware of: Immedium. The Pacific Rim publisher covers diverse subjects ranging from eye-catching children's books to…multicultural issues. Of particular note to ToyCyte readers is a section of their works that are designed for the next generation of toy fanatics: your kids."
- ToyCyte



- 3/2: Oliver Chin: Read Aloud Day: George Peabody Elementary: 251 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA, am.
- 3/2: Oliver Chin: Read Aloud Day: Alice Fong Yu Elementary, 1541 12th Ave, San Francisco, CA, pm.
- 3/7: Oliver Chin: YOO: Museum of Children's Art: 538 Ninth Street, Oakland, CA, 1 pm.
- 3/9: Oliver Chin: YOO: Meadow Heights Elementary: 2619 Dolores St, San Mateo, CA 94403, am
- 3/10: Oliver Chin: Manga Workshop: Hayward Public Library: 835 C Street, Hayward, CA, 4 pm.
- 3/19: Oliver Chin: YOO: Sun Valley Elementary: 75 Happy Lane, San Rafael, CA 94901, 6:30 pm.


- 4/1: Oliver Chin: YOO: Crestmoor Elementary, 2322 Crestmoor Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066, 10 am
- 4/22: Oliver Chin: Read Aloud Day: Jefferson Elementary, San Francisco, CA.
- 4/25: San Francisco Babes & Babies event, Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St, San Francisco, CA, 10 am.


March forward with a handshake and a smile.

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