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The Year of the Ox: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Written by Oliver Chin, Illustrated by Jeremiah Alcorn

"[The illustrations of ] artist Jeremiah Alcorn are reminiscent of the work of Chuck Jones, the animator behind such Warner Bros. cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny. They look like animation stills."
- Paul Kilduff, San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco, California- January 15, 2008 - Immedium, Inc., proudly announces the publication of The Year of the Ox, written by Oliver Chin and illustrated by Jeremiah Alcorn. This is the newest title in Immedium's popular children's series on the twelve charismatic animals of the Chinese New Year. The adventures of the young ox Olivia will amuse children and adults alike.

2009 is the Year of the Ox! The fun-loving calf Olivia befriends the girl Mei, and the two become inseparable soul sisters. But pulling her weight on the farm is no easy task for the young ox. Suddenly, when her buddy and village are in trouble, can Olivia show her best qualities? This calf of golden character will appeal to readers of the classic children's book Ferdinand.

The fourth in the series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac follows The Year of the Rat (2008), The Year of the Pig (2007) and The Year of the Dog (2006). Each book features a unique cast from the Chinese lunar calendar. Each year is represented by an animal that symbolizes special qualities, and people traditionally identify with the personality of the sign in their birth year.

Called an "expert on Pacific Rim pop culture" by the San Jose Mercury News and noted for how he "brings large issues into personal focus" by Library Journal, author Oliver Chin honors how the worlds of East and West grow ever closer. Billions of people around the globe celebrate Chinese New Year and its two-week long spring festival. The authors present nationwide at schools and leading community venues including the Huntington Library, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Oakland Museum, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Birmingham Library, and Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles. So, now readers everywhere can welcome the new year right by enjoying the entertaining adventures of The Year of the Ox!

$15.95 USA, Children's Picture Book, ISBN: 978-1-59702-015-2, 10 x 9 5/8, 36 pages

"Since publishing his latest book in December, Chin has held readings of Year of the Rat at local community centers, bookstores and schools...The Year of the Ox is coming up next."
- The San Francisco Examiner

About the Authors

Oliver Chin has written the children's books Julie Black Belt, Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought, the acclaimed Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, The Adventures of WonderBaby, and other titles. His family lives in San Francisco, CA.

Jeremiah Alcorn is an accomplished artist, character developer and game designer. Winner of the 2003 ACME animation competition and illustrator of Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, Alcorn's family resides near Birmingham, AL.

About Immedium

Immedium, Inc. inspires a world of imagination, and creates entertaining books that have multi-dimensional appeal. Based in San Francisco, CA, Immedium sits on the Pacific Rim, a vibrant intersection for crossover cultural trends from Asia and America. Embracing an increasingly diverse and "multimedia" world, Immedium publishes titles ranging from eye-catching children's books and contemporary non-fiction to commentaries on art and popular culture. Visit us at www.immedium.com.