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April 2013 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Read The Treehouse Heroes for Earth Day
April 22nd is the 43rd Earth Day, when one billion people acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it. Their kindred spirits are the Treehouse Heroes who heed the call to action.

"In this book, we are reminded, with a light touch, that nature is both miraculous and fragile. A good part of preserving this beautiful world lies with each of us. The illustrations themselves seem to move like the wind or a flowing stream and remind us of the natural world around us. The style of the illustrations well reflect the message of the story."
- Thomas E. Richner, former Layout Artist on The Simpsons

Artist Alina Chau autographs at the CTN Block Party in downtown Burbank, CA, the weekend of April 13-14.

Author Phil Amara presents on the east coast, including at the Boston Comic Con on the following weekend, April 20 - 21, at the Hynes Convention Center. On Earth Day, he'll read at Josiah Quincy elementary school, where he is a dedicated teacher!

B. Justin Time sequel coming in May
Our second adventure The Big Pet Story arrives next month. Like most kids, Justin really wants a pet. So he and Squidgy travel to India and learn that Olive is a royal pet keeper. But can all of them handle a big pet elephant?

Justin Time's 2nd TV season debuted on PBS Sprout in the USA on 7:45 am and 3:15 pm.
- On NBC Kids on Saturday morning, it is the most popular show with children ages 2-5
- It is also the second highest rated show with kids ages 2-11.

Justin Time launched on Netflix in the US and UK on April 1st and will be available in Latin America starting June 2013.

The show is now broadcast on Nick Jr. France, Disney Australia, YLE Finland, and Hop! Channel Israel, in addition to more than 60 other countries such as on Disney (Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Italy), SRTL (Germany), Discovery Familia (Spanish USA), and Tiny Pop (UK).

Justin Time was recently nominated for three Annie Awards (Best Character Animation, Best Production Design and Best General Audience).

C. Octonauts toys now in America
For you fans of our original Octonauts books, we are happy to announce that you can now get your very own Octopod and undersea pals to play with.

The Fisher Price toys, previously distributed in the UK (and "collectible", as noted by Wired's Geek Mom) are now available in the US at retailers nationwide such as Toys R Us.

Toys include many favorite crewmates such as Captain Barnacles Bear to Lieutenant Kwazii Cat, submersibles Gup-A through Gup-D, and their iconic headquarters.

Again we appreciate your valued readership which has enabled the Octonauts to spread more joy in 3D!


The Year of the Snake: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

"In The Year of the Snake, Oliver Chin has managed to weave an adventurous story of friendship and acceptance into an important cultural lesson about the Chinese Zodiac... As a Teacher Librarian, I am continually searching for books that have a positive message as well as captivating illustrations, and The Year of the Snake is just that!
- Julie Griffin, Palo Alto Unified School District, CA

Welcome to Monster Isle - iTunes App

"Mobad Games has once again brought a 3D book app to the iPad for a storytelling adventure your child will not soon forget.... Lots of interactive elements and light animation enhance the story nicely, along with dozens of fun items to find.... Overall this is a well-crafted and fun story about an adventurous family.... Children will love the stunning 3D enhancements, but underneath all the special effects lies a great story with a delightful surprise ending. Recommended." - Digital Storytime



  • 4/9: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Alice Fong Yu Elementary School, San Francisco, CA, 11:30 am
  • 4/13-14: Alina Chau: THH: CTN Block Party, Burbank, CA.
  • 4/17: Phil Amara: THH: Boston Public Libray - Copley Plaza, Boston, MA.
  • 4/20: Oliver Chin: Cal Day - UC Graduate School of Education - Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA, 10 am.
  • 4/20-21: Phil Amara: THH: Boston Comic Con, Boston, MA.
  • 4/22: Phil Amara: THH: Josiah Quincy Elementary School, Boston, MA.

  • MAY

  • 5/7-8: Immedium: Edgewood Fair, Golden Gate Club - Presidio, San Francisco, CA.
  • 5/11: David Derrick: Animals Don't, So I Won't!: Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena, CA, 1 pm.
  • 5/17-19: Jeff Miracola: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2, booth 619, Kansas City, MO.
  • 5/28: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: College Park Elementary, San Mateo, CA, am.
  • 5/29: Oliver Chin: YOSnake: Saratoga Elementary, 14592 Oak Street, Saratoga CA.

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