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January 2012 - Immedium

1. News
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3. Events


A. Happy New Year of the Dragon!
"Welcome to 2012 - the year of the DRAGON!
Hear my joyous, hope-filled, tenacious roar!"
- Smithsonian Book Blog

This is a terrific introduction to the 7th adventure in our annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.

The Year of the Dragon
- By Oliver Chin and illustrated by Jennifer Wood

Congratulations to the five winners of our free Year of the Dragon 8x10 photo collages!

Meanwhile, author Oliver Chin and artist Jennifer Wood will share the adventure at dozens of schools, libraries, and museums in the coming months.

Also The Year of the Dragon! will be our 2nd Apple app!

The launch date on iTunes is Chinese New Year (1/23/12). Produced with Mobad Media (following Billie the Unicorn, www.billietheunicorn.com), Dominic and friends will leap off the screen with entertaining narration, sound, and interactivity!

B. Sora and the Cloud fly high!
Readers and reviewers have been uplifted by Felicia Hoshino's) new story:
Sora and the Cloud

On January 4th, 2012, the New York Times Book Review called it "An Ode to Flying":

"It is tempting to label 'Miyazaki-like' anything appealing to children and Japanese in origin. But in this instance the analogy fits. The nameless cloud is a benign yet mysterious and uncontrollable presence as it lifts Sora, Totoro style, into the sky. There he views a skyscraper mid-construction, an amusement park, a festival of kites and other boyish marvels. Hoshino's intricate and delicate drawings deliver this parade of sightseeing pleasures in a way that is at once dreamlike and visceral."
- New York Times Book Review

Following a fantastic launch party in December at the JCCCNC (www.jcccnc.org) in San Francisco's Japantown, Felicia returns to autograph at their traditional new year's celebration "Oshogatsu Matsuri" on January 7th. Stay tuned to see her at a bookstore near you!

C. The Octonauts on American TV!
Already a hit animated TV series from the UK to Japan, the Octonauts are coming to America (in living color)!
Next week, the Octonauts TV show launches on the Disney Channel on Monday, January 9th!

The series airs weekdays at 11:30 am and weekends at 7:00 am, during the Disney Junior programming block.

The Octonauts introduce young viewers to underwater worlds and fascinating marine life. In each 22-minute episode, the team sets out to explore, rescue and protect unique underwater habitats.
Certainly the crew has traveled far since their first book was published in 2006. We and Meomi sincerely thank you, our dear readers.

We hope to go even farther this year and meet many new fans, and certainly value your ongoing support.

In honor of the occasion, the first person who orders at least 2 of the 4 Octonauts adventures will get a free 8x10 photo collage!


Billie the Unicorn
- iTunes App

"This one is a must-have! The illustrations really do appear to be in 3D. Tilt your device to see the environment interact with you in ways you haven't seen before. This is the kind of app that requires you to take the time to tap and swipe around the screen because there are so many interactive features you won't be able to keep track. If you like, there is the ability to turn on hints that guide you toward the considerable number of hot-spots!"
- PadGadget


Sora and the Cloud
978-1-59702-027-5, $15.95

"Prolific Japanese-American illustrator Felicia Hoshino makes her authorial debut in this delightful picture book…The bilingual text…displays a simple exuberance that perfectly matches the light, joyful subject matter…Hoshino's soft, Japanesque watercolors perfectly punctuate Sora's adventure and include plenty of references to Hoshino's native city of San Francisco (the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars, to name a couple). The back matter includes a bilingual glossary, a list of Japanese short expressions, and a note on Japanese cultural inspirations. With its local appeal, cultural relevance, and textual and aesthetic grace, this is a welcome addition for Bay Area collections."
- Bayviews, December 2011, The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California



  • 1/7: Felicia Hoshino & Oliver Chin: Oshogatsu Matsuri - New Year Celebration, JCCCNC, SF, CA
  • 1/9: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Concord Library: 2900 Salvio Street, Concord CA 94519, 7 pm.
  • 1/10: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Half Moon Bay Public Library: Half Moon Bay, California, 7 pm.
  • 1/12: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Moraga Public Library: Moraga, California, 4 pm.
  • 1/17: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Hercules Public Library : Hercules, California, 6 pm.
  • 1/18: Oliver Chin: YODragon: CAIS: San Francisco, California, 9 & 10 am
  • 1/19: Oliver Chin: YODragon: San Francisco Public Library, Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St, CA, 3 pm
  • 1/20: Oliver Chin: YODragon: George Peabody Elementary School: 251 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA, 9 am.
  • 1/20: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Storytime: Presidio Knolls School, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, 4 pm
  • 1/21: Oliver Chin: YODragon: San Francisco Botanical Garden, Lunar New Year Market, CA, 10 am
  • 1/24: Oliver Chin: YODragon: San Jose Public Library, Cambrian branch, 1780 Hillsdale Ave, CA, 4 pm
  • 1/25: Oliver Chin: YODragon: YCIS, Mountain View, CA, 8:30 am
  • 1/26: Oliver Chin: YODragon: John Yehall Chin Elementary School, 350 Broadway, SF, CA, 10:45 am
  • 1/27-28: Jennifer Wood: YODragon: Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival : Riverside, California.
  • 1/29: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Oakland Museum: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, Ca, 12 pm.
  • 1/30: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Gordon Lau Elementary School, 950 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA
  • 1/31: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Author Presentation - Library Materials Fair, Santa Clara County Office of Education, 9 am, 1:15 pm.


  • 2/2: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Miraloma Elementary School, San Francisco, CA, 8:30 am.
  • 2/2: Oliver Chin: YODragon: South San Francisco Public Library, 840 West Orange Ave, CA, 4 pm.
  • 2/4 - 2/5: Jennifer Wood and Oliver Chin: YODragon: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.
  • 2/5: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA.
  • 2/6: Oliver Chin: YODragon: St. James' Episcopal School, 625 S. St. Andrews Place, LA, CA, 10:30 am.
  • 2/7: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Pilgrim School,, Los Angeles, CA, 11 am.
  • 2/8: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., CA, 11 am.
  • 2/9: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Holly Avenue School, Arcadia, CA, am.
  • 2/9: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Wilson Elementary School, 8317 E. Sheffield Rd, San Gabriel, CA, pm.
  • 2/11: Oliver Chin: YODragon: FCC-Northern California: Mill Valley Community Center, CA, 1 pm
  • 2/11: Oliver Chin: YODragon: San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco, CA, pm
  • 2/14: Oliver Chin: YODragon: San Carlos Public Library: San Carlos, California, 7 pm.
  • 2/22: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Millbrae Public Library: Millbrae, California, 3 pm.
  • 2/25: Felicia Hoshino & Oliver Chin: Books, Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA, 11 am
  • 2/25: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Redwood Empire Chinese Association, CA, pm.

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    Whoosh! Fly high and run deep this year!

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