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Julie Black Belt introduces a modern animated heroine whom students of all ages can identify with. Idolizing the movie actress Brandy Wu, Julie confidently accepts her parents offer to enroll in kung fu class. However, getting a black belt won't come as easily as she thought, since her young teacher says everyone must start with a white one! Facing this newfound challenge, Julie wonders what would Brandy Wu do. Can Julie take her lessons to heart, and learn the true "spirit" of this sport? Then will she develop the confidence and discipline necessary to take the Yellow belt test and show her brother, parents, and heroine who's the boss?
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Julie is back in black! The long-anticipated sequel is here! As readers learned in the first adventure, learning martial arts can be really fun but requires more than just the desire to get a black belt. It takes hard work, commitment, and practice. Now in this second story, Julie continues to value these lessons, but she also learns the importance of friendship and the right attitude. Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire picks up as Julie proudly wears her yellow belt and is eager to attain her next rank: orange! Still inspired by Brandy Wu, an action movie star, Julie now meets a new student in her class...but is he better than her? Can Julie learn to improve her abilities while becoming a gracious partner, and ultimately earning her own Belt of Fire? "As with the first book, Charlene Chua's illustrations are bright, cartoon-like feasts of colour that invoke a sense of movement that will keep young eyes flowing from page to page...creating a rather enchanting feeling of watching a movie inside a book...a fun, informative and interesting story that should engage even the most reluctant reader while providing a rich source of information and thought-provoking concepts. Recommended." - CM magazine
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"The original Octonauts books have inspired a popular animated television series broadcast worldwide. This story introduces The Octonauts, a crew of adorable animals who roam the oceans in search of adventure, treasure, and fun! From their undersea base called "the Octopod", the Octonauts explore a colorful world. The crew of eight talented critters, including a brainy octopus, brave polar bear, daredevil kitten, and scientific sea otter, is always ready to embark on a new exciting voyage. In this debut episode, the Octonauts encounter a giant sea monster! What will they do? After taking a deep breath, the crew discovers it is a case of mistaken identity. As they agree to help this stranger, everyone learns the special value of friendship and individuality. Called “charming and beautifully-designed” by comics scholar Scott McCloud, Meomi’s winsome cast of characters have attracted an international audience, from kids and their parents to digital artists and fashion designers. What is their next mission? Stay tuned for the next Octonauts adventure to find out! Reviews "The Octonauts: And the Only Lonely Monster has become a new favorite here. The story follows the path of the adorable, underwater Octonauts who come under attack from a sad, lonely monster and later help the creature find others like it under the sea. A smarter person would say there's a perfect allegory buried beneath the pages -- something about how bullies have fears like everyone else and how wonderful it is to be unique. But I always find myself just getting lost in the illustrations by team Meomi -- made up of illustrators Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy….It's great to find a book that appeals to both kids and adults -- even if the appeal is for different reasons….In other words, these are the best. children's book. animals. ever. I can't get enough of them…I can read this book for hours -- and have.” - SFGate.com "The Octonauts has gained an international cult following for its beautifully rendered and vibrant illustrations (and refreshingly sassy characters)." - Vancouver Magazine "The characters are cuddly and quirky, and the moral of the story is as good as a hug from a dear one saying `I love you for the individual you are.' We hope that's a joy you'll never outgrow." - Rivet Magazine", the Octonauts explore a colorful world. The crew of eight talented critters, including a brainy octopus, brave polar bear, daredevil kitten, and scientific sea otter, is always ready to embark on a new exciting voyage. In this debut episode, the Octonauts encounter a giant sea monster! What will they do? After taking a deep breath, the crew discovers it is a case of mistaken identity. As they agree to help this stranger, everyone learns the special value of friendship and individuality. Called “charming and beautifully-designed” by comics scholar Scott McCloud, Meomi’s winsome cast of characters have attracted an international audience, from kids and their parents to digital artists and fashion designers. What is their next mission? Stay tuned for the next Octonauts adventure to find out!
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The original Octonauts books have inspired a popular animated television series broadcast worldwide. In this sequel to their first book The Octonauts & the Only Lonely Monster, the crew discover that all the shadows in the ocean have gone missing! The Octonauts must travel to the mysterious Sea of Shade to learn why. Along the way our brave heroes must dive down one of the ocean’s deepest rifts, cross upside down caves and somehow traverse the aptly named Bramblywoods! Finally, can the Octonauts convince the great Shade King to return everyone’s shadows? The delightfully entertaining Octonauts will instantly appeal to children, while their sophisticated design and subversive humor will attract appreciative adults. Lushly layered and brightly colored illustrations create a teeming undersea universe that will dazzle readers’ eyes, excite their imaginations, and tickle their funny bones. Reviews ""The crisply drafted pages bloom with fascinating detail: every tree, shadow, rock, and animal has an endearing, individual personality…the book itself is a lush visual treat."" - Utne Reader “It may be a picture book, but the pictures are what it is all about. We’ll say right now that cute is a word that is probably impossible to avoid using in reference to the gang of 7 animals and one vegimal (part vegetable, part animal) who have underwater adventures…The illustrations are simply amazing: colourful digital cartoons that have the mark of becoming classics. Each page is chock full of details to pore over.” - ArtMoCo “I can now report to you that The Octonauts & the Sea of Shade is just as charming, beautiful, funny, and adorable as the first Octonauts book. I highly recommend this to children and adults alike - especialy if those adults love intoxicating graphics and mysterious underwater worlds.” - Treehouse Jukebox" About the Authors Meomi is Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy who live in Vancouver, Canada. They enjoy spending their time making up silly stories, drawing strange creatures, and collecting pine cones. Meomi’s artwork has been featured in books, art shows, and products. Visit them at www.meomi.com. 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, such as the Octonauts (www.octonauts.com) and contemporary non-fiction to commentaries on art and popular culture. Visit us at www.immedium.com.
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"The original Octonauts books have inspired a popular animated television series broadcast worldwide. In their third storybook adventure, the Octonauts meet a frowning fish who's sad expression is making everyone around him glum. Our heroes' challenge is to cheer him up by sharing their favorite and fun pastimes. We bet you didn't know that Sauci Dog was a shutterbug, Dr. Shellington liked miniature golf, and Peso Penguin loved to play music. But can the playful crew make their new friend smile? “Blame it on the Olympics. With Beijing behind us, thoughts turn to Vancouver, then Meomi, the team that designed the 2010 mascots. Next thing you know, we remember there is a new Octonauts book coming out in October. Why write about clown fish when there’s a frown fish that needs cheering up? In The Octonauts and the Frown Fish by Meomi, the underwater crew use activities such as a baking marathon to entice their new friend to smile. Another affordable piece for the adult collector of cute.” - Art MoCo Reviews "Too many children's books talk down to kids, thinking that talking on their level equates to dropping IQ points. It’s refreshing to read The Octonauts and the Frown Fish, a smart and entertaining kids book…it’s fun and teaches a lesson to look past the exterior and appreciate what’s inside. Comic book readers looking to get their kids into graphic storytelling early will want to seek out this one. Nice bed time story reading, this one is." - Ain’t It Cool News "As promised, here’s a post about kids books, and specifically Meomi’s fabulous The Octonauts series...The books in question are The Only Lonely Monster, The Sea of Shade, and the new release, The Frown Fish. All hold the attention of the grownups, the teenager, and the school-age tike in the house. Seriously, everyone should run out and get these." - BoingBoing “The cast of colorful characters are on another deep blue adventure, this time to help out the frown fish have a little fun. Each page is a treat for any color lover as the book is full of color cuteness of soft yet vibrant palettes, and the wonderful compositions and styling we've come to expect from the Meomi team's illustrations.” - Colour Lovers" About the Authors Meomi is Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy who live in Vancouver, Canada. They enjoy spending their time making up silly stories, drawing strange creatures, and collecting pine cones. Meomi’s artwork has been featured in books, art shows, and products. Visit them at www.meomi.com. 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, such as the Octonauts (www.octonauts.com) and contemporary non-fiction to commentaries on art and popular culture. Visit us at www.immedium.com.
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"The original Octonauts books have inspired a popular animated television series broadcast worldwide. In their fourth adventure, the Octonauts travel to a large reef city. When they arrive, they discover that the once bustling waters have turned into a ghost town! The colorful coral has turned an eerie white and buildings lay empty and crumbling. The Octonauts explore the different reef ‘neighborhoods’, from mangrove forests to seagrass meadows, to learn about the plants and animals that make up this strange tropical world. Will the crew be able to find clues to solve the mystery of the Great Ghost Reef? Reviews “I've had the pleasure of reviewing all of the books in Meomi's wonderful 'Octonauts' series, which are published by Immedium. I have to say, they just keep getting better and better, and the newest, The Octonauts & the Great Ghost Reef is probably my favorite yet. Not only are the illustrations so cute I want to hang them on my walls, but the story is great, and it's educational. I've selected a few of my favorite images for this post, but pick up the book, because it won't disappoint! Every page is filled with the cutest illustrations, featuring Meomi's signature characters!” – Tokyo Bunnie “The Octonauts are Diesel Oakland's favorite team of underwater animal explorers. Cute, colorful, imaginative, and action-packed, their exploits appear in four volumes…Their mission? To investigate the mysteries of the deep and to help their fellow creatures. Kids will love the fact that The Octonauts have their own unique personalities, a deep sea workstation in which they live and play, and jobs just like real scientist-explorers. Adults will appreciate the cool graphics and quirky humor. And both will look forward to the vibrant illustrations and little visual details that make each adventure worth returning to again and again.” - Colin Waters, Diesel Bookstore, Oakland, CA “The eight cuddly underwater explorers…take a vacation to the Great Reef City only to discover the wondrous reef ecosystem has become bereft of both life and color…the anime-inspired artwork and oodles of minute details bubbling around each page will have [children] deeply immersed in the fantastical undersea world.” --Ian Chipman , ALA Booklist" About the Authors Meomi is Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy who live in Vancouver, Canada. They enjoy spending their time making up silly stories, drawing strange creatures, and collecting pine cones. Meomi’s artwork has been featured in books, art shows, and products. Visit them at www.meomi.com. 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, such as the Octonauts (www.octonauts.com) and contemporary non-fiction to commentaries on art and popular culture. Visit us at www.immedium.com.
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“Humor, adventure, and tradition come together for another fun installment in Oliver Chin’s Chinese Zodiac series. Don’t be scared off by the scales and fangs. Suzie is one snake you’ll wish you had around!” - Michelle Loomis, San Mateo County Library, CA 2013 is the Year of the Snake! This is the eighth story in Immedium’s popular children’s picture book series on the twelve charismatic animals of the Chinese New Year. The adventures of the smiling serpent Suzie will amuse children and adults alike. Suzie the snake wants to explore the colorful world but meets others who may not like serpents. However, she befriends the girl Lily and together they discover how valuable the qualities of a snake can really be: flexible, strong, sensitive… and clever! But what will Suzie do when the wisest choice is to lie low? This latest adventure in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac follows the Dragon (2012), Rabbit (2011), Tiger (2010), Ox (2009), Rat (2008), Pig (2007) and Dog (2006). Each book features a unique cast from the Chinese lunar calendar. Each year is represented by an animal who symbolizes special qualities. People traditionally identify with the personality of the sign in their birth year.
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"A charming book, I've shown it to all the kids in my family and they want me to read it to them again and again!" - Tony Millionaire, author of Sock Monkey From their treehouse headquarters, come five teen titans and their wise teacher. Now they must save the “Zez,” a mystical beast, from an encroaching civilization, led by the menacing General Moon and his soldiers. Using all their varied powers, can the Treehouse Heroes protect their new friend and restore the balance of nature? Written by a former Dark Horse comics editor and illustrated by a Star Wars: The Clone Wars animator, The Treehouse Heroes appeals to fans of DC Comic’s The Teen Titans, and Avatar the Last Airbender. Its fresh blend of adventure and lyrical art, created by hand in traditional watercolors, will excite young readers.
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"Do you know anyone who is honest, loyal and faithful but completely stubborn? The Year of the Dog could explain it all. With Oliver Chin's warm-fuzzy writing and Jeremiah Alcorn's spunky illustrations, the Year of the Dog is cuter than ever." - Hyphen Magazine "The Year Of The Dog: Tales From The Chinese Zodiac is a picture book about a puppy born on New Years' Day, who explores his surroundings with the companionship of Lin, the little girl next door. A whimsical tale of confusion and adventure, as Lin and the puppy meet the other animals of the Chinese zodiac, some in their imagination, and some in real life...The cartoony and angular art style captures the eagerness of the young dog perfectly, in this upbeat astrological tale." - Midwest Book Review "It's about a boisterous but well-meaning puppy, Daniel, protecting his best friend (an adventurous little girl named Lin), and is unfazed by almost all the creatures that lurk in the forest behind Lin's house. The book is brilliantly illustrated by Jeremiah Alcorn. In their journey together, Daniel discovers his true nature - honest, faithful and loyal." - Asian Week "Perfect timing with the Lunar New Year." - Asian Art Museum, San Francisco "A storybook ideal for launching the lunar year" - Books, Inc., San Francisco, CA. "Tales From the Chinese Zodiac is a series of 12 books about these iconic calendar denizens, starting with The Year of the Dog... each book targets four- to eight-year-olds and stars a baby animal coming of age and learning how to personify the year it represents." - Kidscreen Magazine "The Year Of The Dog is a great one. Its tales of childhood friendships keeps you on edge as you wonder what's coming around the next corner. It teaches a lesson to respect your animals, as it nonchalantly teaches you to be yourself and to follow your instincts. This great tale of man's best friend is a must have for all young ones." - The Opinionated Parent About the Authors Oliver Chin has written the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, Welcome to Monster Isle, Julie Black Belt, Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought, The Adventures of WonderBaby, and other books. His family lives in San Francisco, CA. Jeremiah Alcorn is the illustrator of The Year of the Dog, Year of the Pig, Year of the Rat, and Year of the Ox. Winner of the 2003 ACME animation competition, Alcorn resides in Alabama with his wife and 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.
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"The Year of the Dragon will be sure to keep children on the edge of their seats as they wait to discover how two friends help each other in need." - Shirley Ly, Los Angeles Public Library. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon! This is the seventh story in Immedium's popular children's picture book series on the twelve charismatic animals of the Chinese New Year. The adventures of the fiery dragon Dominic will amuse children and adults alike. Dominic's proud parents rule the sea and sky, advise the Emperor, and have high expectations for their son. Meanwhile Dom befriends the boy Bo and the other zodiac animals, who wish to paddle a boat in the village's annual river race. But when other people and Dom's parents disapprove, what will Dom do? Discover Dom's ingenious solution in this enthusiastic tale! The lastes adventure in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac follows the Rabbit (2011), Tiger (2010), Ox (2009), Rat (2008), Pig (2007), and Dog (2006). Each book features a unique cast from the Chinese lunar calendar. Each year is represented by an animal who symbolizes special qualities, and people traditionally identify with the personality of the sign in their birth year.
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