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January 2013 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Happy Year of the Snake
Happy new year!

We welcome the debut of Suzie the snake who rings in the lunar crossover on February 10th.

Author Oliver Chin kicks the season off this Saturday morning in San Francisco's Japantown. Come to the JCCCNC's Oshogatsu Matsuri festival and enjoy mochi, taiko, and a warm community.

Artist Jennifer Wood participates again in the annual Chinese New Year celebration in Riverside, CA on January 26th.

Both creators will share the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac at many more events at schools, libraries, and cultural museums.

Meanwhile, we're reprinting The Year of the Rat (2007), Tiger (2009), and Dragon (2012):

We have one more FREE 8x10 photo of Suzie the snake! Order an autographed copy and win it : )

B. Upcoming books
We have 4 sensational storybooks debuting in 2013
- we look forward to sharing them with you!

Justin Time: The Big Pet Story
- April
- sequel to The Pancake Express
- by Brandon James Scott
- Justin really wants a pet. But can the gang handle the biggest pet of all?

Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire
- September
- sequel to the Kung Fu Chronicles
- illustrated by Charlene Chua
- Julie is gunning for her next belt - orange! But can she and her heroine Brandy Wu deal with new rivals?

I'm the Scariest Thing in the Jungle!
- October
- DreamWorks Animation's Dave Derrick pens his 3rd storybook, following Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job, and
Animals Don't, So I Won't!
- A young tiger and a kid crocodile wage a war of words in this rumble in the jungle!

The Year of the Horse: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
- December
- 9th in our annual series
- illustrated by Jennifer Wood
- Hannah the horse is our latest hero, and boy, is she a breed apart!

C. Justin Time goes global
Just like its globe-trekking hero, the TV show Justin Time is entertaining fans in more than a dozen countries around the globe.

Immedium published the first book adaptation The Pancake Express a few months ago. In America, you can view episodes on PBS Sprout and NBC Kids on Saturday mornings.

Produced by Guru Studio, the animated series airs on Disney Junior channels in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Italy. The series also broadcasts on Discovery Kids Latin America, Discovery Familia in the U.S., Finland's YLE, Israel's Hop!, South Korea, and Super RTL (SRTL) Germany.


The Treehouse Heroes
By Phil Amara and Alina Chau

"A wonderful adventure...The Treehouse Heroes and the Forgotten Beast will appeal greatly to children ages 4-8 with its fantastic tales of heroes and beasts with special powers, enhanced with delicate, rainbow illustrations of this imaginary world"
- Midwest Book Review

Sora and the Cloud
By Felicia Hoshino

"the watercolors/mixed media in this bilingual treat [are] a treasure trove to pore over and marvel at. The double spread of cute ants busily moving around town, matching Sora's impression of people as tiny ants when seen from up above, is priceless. It adds a touch of sweet humor to a story that is all warmth, delicacy and gentle embrace. Sora and the Cloud soars in more ways than one, and is a perfect story to share with very young ones who are starting to look at the world with wonder and amazement."
- Paper Tigers



  • 1/11: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Beacon Day School, 2101 Livingston Street, Oakland, CA 94606, 9 am.
  • 1/12: Felicia Hoshino & Oliver Chin: Oshogatsu Matsuri - New Year Celebration: JCCCNC, 1840 Sutter Street, Suite 201, San Francisco, CA, 415-567-5505, 11 am.
  • 1/15: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Miraloma Elementary, San Francisco, CA, 10 am.
  • 1/22: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: San Carlos Public Library: San Carlos, California, 7 pm.
  • 1/24: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Berkwood Hedge Elementary School, 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA, 94703, 7 pm.
  • 1/26: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop: San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery St., San Ramon, CA 94583, 1 pm
  • 1/26: Jennifer Wood: YOSnake: Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival : Riverside, California.


  • 2/1: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Presidio Knolls School, San Francisco, CA, 4 pm
  • 2/2: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop: Moraga Public Library: Moraga, California,, 1 pm
  • 2/2: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco, CA, 4 pm
  • 2/3: Jennifer Wood: YOSnake: Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA.
  • 2/3: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2 pm.
  • 2/4: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: CAIS, San Francisco, CA, 9 am.
  • 2/4: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Pacifica Sanchez Library, 1111 Terra Nova Boulevard, Pacifica, CA 94044, 650-359-3397 evening.
  • 2/5: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop: El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton, El Cerrito, CA 94530, 4:30 pm
  • 2/6: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Commodore Sloat Elementary School, San Francisco, CA, 9 am
  • 2/6: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop: Antioch Public Library, CA, 3 pm.
  • 2/7: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop: Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94707, 3:30 pm
  • 2/8: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: South San Francisco Public Library, 840 West Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA, 4 pm.
  • 2/9: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Books, Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA, 510-522-2226, 3 pm
  • 2/10: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Southern Marin's Mother's Club, 100 Coleridge Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941, lunch.
  • 2/10: Jennifer Wood: YOSnake: Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena, CA, 11 am.
  • 2/12: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Gordon Lau Elementary School, 950 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA, am
  • 2/14: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: John Yehall Chin Elementary School, 350 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 95124, am
  • 2/15: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: George Peabody Elementary School, San Francisco, CA, 9 am
  • 2/15: Oliver Chin: San Jose Public Library, MLK Branch, San Jose, CA, 4 pm.
  • 2/16: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Sacramento Chinese New Year Festival: with Eastwind Books, Scottish Rite Temple, Sacramento, CA.
  • 2/16: YOSnake: San Francisco Botanical Garden, Lunar New Year Flower Market, CA, am
  • 2/16-17: Jennifer Wood: YOSnake: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.
  • 2/17: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Oakland Museum, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2/18: Oliver Chin: Academy of Art University , Children's Book Club, San Francisco, CA, pm.
  • 2/19: Oliver Chin: San Jose Public Library, Joyce Ellington Branch, San Jose, CA, 5 pm.
  • 2/25: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: St. James' Episcopal School, 625 S. St. Andrews Place, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2/26: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, Marina del Rey, CA, 310.821.3415, 10:30 am.
  • 2/26: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: St. Brendan's School, 238 S. Manhattan Place, Los Angeles, CA, 12:45 pm
  • 2/27: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Los Angeles Breakfast Club, 3201 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, (323) 662-1191, 7 am.
  • 2/27: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., CA (310) 559-1676, 11 am.
  • 2/29: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Longfellow Elementary School, 1065 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA, 1:15 pm

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