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Friday, January 27, 2017

#ReadYourWorld The Year of the Rooster by Oliver Chin & Juan Calle

Enjoy a Ray of Sunshine!

The Year of the Rooster Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Written by Oliver Chin Illustrated by Juan Calle

“[An] imaginative menagerie of endearing characters, whose stories embody the chief characteristics of each animal of the Chinese Zodiac in turn. These are also tales of friendship and finding a place in the world.” - Paper Tigers

“Each [Chinese Zodiac Tale] combines a sense of tenacious accomplishment with just plain rollicking fun.” - BookDragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center blog

San Francisco, California—January 1, 2017—Immedium announces the publication of The Year of the Rooster: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, written by Oliver Chin and illustrated by animator Juan Calle. This is the twelfth and concluding story in Immedium’s ground-breaking children’s picture book series.

This is the only series in English on the charismatic animals of the Chinese New Year. This is also one of the longest running series featuring Asian American characters and multi-cultural themes, as championed by #WeNeedDiverseBooks. Ray the rooster's journey to discover his unique personality will delight kids of all ages.

2017 is The Year of the Rooster! Ray is a newborn chick who proves to be very plucky! He loves his Mama hen and admires his Papa who has the important job of waking the town up everyday. However, he and his friend, the girl Ying, soon learn of a mystical creature that may shine even brighter. Together these two pals embark on a fantastic quest to find the fabled Phoenix. But will Ray ever get a chance to see the light?

This latest adventure in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac follows the Monkey (2016), Sheep (2015), Horse (2014), Snake (2013), Dragon (2012), Rabbit (2011), Tiger (2010), Ox (2009), Rat (2008), Pig (2007) and Dog (2006). Like the previous story Monkey, the Rooster features a bilingual translation in simplified Chinese.

Each book features a unique cast of a dozen creatures. In the Chinese lunar calendar, a special animal represents every year. Each creature symbolizes unique qualities and has a personality that people identify with.

With expressive characters and vibrant action, artist Juan Calle creates an inviting new world for readers to explore. Now readers everywhere can welcome 2017 with the entertaining adventures of The Year of the Rooster!

$15.95 USA, Children’s Picture Book ISBN 13: 978-1-59702-125-8 10 x 9 1/2, 36 pages

Oliver Chin has written the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, and other books including Welcome to Monster Isle, Julie Black Belt, Timmy and Tammy’s Train of Thought, and The Adventures of WonderBaby. Called “an expert in Pacific Rim pop culture” by the San Jose Mercury News, he presents at schools, libraries, museums, and cultural associations nationwide. His family lives in San Francisco, CA.

Juan Calle leads Liberum Donum, an art studio in Bogota, Colombia. Liberum creates illustrations, editorial, advertising, animation for movies and TV, and visual development and concept art for video games. Their first children's book was Good Dream, Bad Dream, which was a Junior Library Guild selection and School Library Journal praised it as "highly recommended." Visit

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

Praise for Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

The Year of the Dog: ISBN: 1-59702-002-8
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

The Year of the Pig: ISBN: 1-59702-007-9
"The artwork is] reminiscent of the work of Chuck Jones, the animator behind such Warner Bros. cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny. They look like animation stills....[this series] wants to bring the ancient stories of the Chinese zodiac to life in a modern context.”
- San Francisco Chronicle

The Year of the Rat: ISBN: 978-1-59702-011-4
“Though recommended for elementary students, The Year of the Rat is steeped in Asian culture and will appeal to readers of all ages. And even if readers cannot engage personally with the traits of the Rat, they will certainly be able to identify with Ralph’s feats and struggles.” - Paper Tigers

The Year of the Ox: ISBN: 978-1-59702-015-2
“Olivia the Pig has got nothing on Olivia the Ox:
As you're looking for an inexpensive one size fits all baby gift for all those friends of yours having kids this year, consider The Year of the Ox, written by CMP fave Oliver Chin and illustrated by Miah Alcorn, the fourth book in the wonderful Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series.”
- Cool Mom Picks

The Year of the Tiger: ISBN: 978-1-59702-020-6
"Oliver Chin has continued his entertaining stories of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac with another story that teaches both Eastern and Western values to children. Courage, friendship, and personal growth are all displayed in this story of a young tiger learning his place in the jungle and among humans." - Warren Wright, Chinese American International School

The Year of the Rabbit: ISBN: 978-1-59702-023-7
“I’m lucky enough to have a Rabbit living at home ... too clever by far sometimes, but thank goodness he’s nimble and resourceful, too, because like Rosie, he enjoys those run-for-your-life adventures way too much!” - BookDragon, Smithsonian Book Blog

The Year of the Dragon: ISBN: 978-1-59702-028-2
Recommended: The acrylic drawings are bright and enticing... This is a great lesson in perseverance and working together as a team to achieve a common goal.”
Library Media Connection

The Year of the Snake: ISBN 13: 978-159702-038-1
“The heartwarming story about overcoming misconceptions resounds in any culture... Despite the scales and fangs, Suzie is a snake with a heart of gold."
- Sampan

The Year of the Horse: ISBN 13: 978-159702-080-0
“Vote for Perfect Picture Book: This is a great story with great illustrations! It is a whimsical story about friendship, and the Chinese Zodiac... The story has a great feel to it...The illustrations are bright and the characters are cute."
- This Kid Reviews Books

The Year of the Sheep: ISBN 13: 978-159702-104-3
The Year of the Sheep is cause for celebration, especially for fans of the series."

- Kirkus Reviews

The Year of the Monkey: ISBN 13: 978-159702-118-0
"A story of practice, hard work, and family expectations that's sure to appeal long after the Year of the Monkey is over.—
School Library Journal 


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