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The Year of the Pig: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Written by Oliver Chin, Illustrated by Jeremiah Alcorn

“Thank you for making The Huntington's Year of the Dog celebration a wonderful success!...your time, energy, knowledge, talent, and expertise contributed immensely to the success of our celebration...We look forward to the Year of the Pig!”
- The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

San Francisco, California-January 15, 2007-Immedium, Inc., proudly announces the publication of The Year of the pig: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac , written by Oliver Chin and illustrated by Jeremiah Alcorn. This is the sequel to 2006’s popular The Year of the Dog that launched Immedium’s annual children’s picture book series on the twelve charismatic animals of the Chinese New Year. Now this young pig’s amusing journey to appreciate her true nature will delight children and adults alike.

2007 is the Year of the Pig! Born on New Year’s Day, the piglet Patricia explores the farm with her parents and Farmer Wu. Growing up is a learning process, as Patty gets advice from her uncles, aunts, and cousins. But being a sensible pig takes practice, as Patty realizes when Farmer Wu loses his jade ring! Can Patty demonstrate her best qualities when others think they aren’t? Bright and dynamic illustrations will appeal to new parents, those interested in Asian culture, and lovers of classic pig tales such as Charlotte’s Web and Babe: The Gallant Pig.

Second in the series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac, The Year of the Pig features the creatures from the Chinese lunar calendar, such as the dog, horse, sheep, and ox. For nearly 5,000 years, the Chinese Zodiac has organized time in cycles of twelve years. Each year is traditionally represented by an animal that symbolizes unique qualities. Therefore people born in the year of a particular animal have certain personalities and identify with their signs.

Called a “Pacific Rim pop culture expert” 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 are growing ever closer.

Now billions of people around the globe celebrate Chinese New Year. This two-week long spring festival is regarded as one of the Top 5 children’s events in London, England. In San Francisco, California, the Chinese New Year parade began in 1853 and is now the largest celebration outside of Asia. So, now readers everywhere can welcome the new year right by enjoying the entertaining adventures of The Year of the Pig!

$15.95 USA, Children's Picture Book, ISBN: 1-59702-007-9, 10 x 9 3/4, 36 pages

About the Authors

Oliver Chin is the author of critically-acclaimed The Adventures of WonderBaby: from A to Z, sports commentary The Tao of Yao: Insights from Basketball's Brightest Big Man, and graphic novel 9 of 1: A Window to the World. A reviewer for Comics Buyer's Guide, and columnist for Comics and Games Retailer, he lives with his wife and son 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 The Year of the Dog, Alcorn resides in Birmingham, AL with his wife and two children.

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.