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About Phil Amara
Phil Amara is the author of Immedium's Treehouse Heroes and the Forgotten Beast and Awesome Asian Americans, among others. He enjoys a good grilled cheese.
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Enjoy the first English children’s picture book on how Japanese animation and comics were created! Amazingly illustrated, this storybook features a bilingual Japanese translation.
This is the third adventure in our series on cool inventions created in Asia. The cute red panda Dao makes history come alive by transporting the kids Emma and Ethan back in time. Together they learn how fantastic creations came to be and zip back to the future! This dynamic journey explores the evolution of Japanese animation and comic books.
Published in newspapers, magazines, books, and graphic novels, comics became TV shows, movies, and games. These entertainment brought Japanese pop culture across the globe and influenced artists everywhere.
This quest features 100 of your favorite characters and creators: from Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy to Hayao Miyazaki’s Totoro, to Speed Racer, Sailor Moon, and Pokémon. Iconic and best-selling series are brought to life with the amazing artwork of Juan Calle, an otaku (big fan) himself.
Adults and kids can learn about the categories shonen, shojo, and mecha (giant robots), use a handy glossary, and draw inspiration to create their own amazing stories.
" The Discovery of Anime and Manga bursts from the page with energy and color. Informative and entertaining, it's a beautifully rendered concise introduction to manga and anime for not only children, but comics fans of all ages."
- Dr. Dale Jacobs, Department of English, University of Windsor, Canada
The secrets to comic book creation are at your fingertips! This comprehensive guide details the steps to becoming a hit comic book maker—from creating compelling characters and illustrations to getting published and marketing a finished product—and is full of insights from world-famous artists from such companies as DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse. In addition to highlighting tips from seasoned pros, inspiring success stories from young artists are sprinkled throughout along with a resource list of potential publishers to help you hit the ground running.
So, You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist? also features in-depth chapters on adapting a storyline for video games and movies, using social media to promote a finished product, and self-publishing your own comic. Whether you’re just starting out or have been drawing comics for years, this book will get you where you want to go.
Five super-powered teens battle a warlord to save an endangered creature. Appeals to fans of comic books, The Teen Titans, and Avatar the Last Airbender.
From their treehouse headquarters come five young champions and their wise teacher. Brawny Cha is a mountain of muscle. Small Klee is a shapeshifter, from girl to animal and back again. Blonde-haired Bri can blow gusts of wind. Long-haired Flo can vanish before your eyes. Lanky Gru is a speedster. Their white-bearded mentor has taught them to help others in need.
Now they must save the "Zez," a mystical Asiatic beast, from an encroaching civilization; especially the menacing General Moon, empowered by enchanted armor, and his soldiers. Using all their varied powers, can the Treehouse Heroes protect their new friend and restore the balance of nature?
Its fresh blend of adventure and lyrical art, created by traditional hand-painted watercolors, will excite young readers. Written by a former Dark Horse comics editor and illustrated by a Star Wars: The Clone Wars animator, this is a PG-rated action-filled quest that will engage parents and will find a home in the classroom or library.
Elementary school teachers can connect Treehouse Heroes to English Language Arts lessons. Because it’s a picture book, it’s a helpful supplement for English Language Development (ELD) students needing visual context. Librarians can use the storybook in lessons to exemplify character traits such as cooperation, thoughtfulness, empathy, and bravery as the characters overcome their fears and doubts to help a friend in need.
"A charming and magical story. The art is poetic and beautiful!"
- Steward Lee, Director on Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.
Enjoy the best children's anthology of noteworthy Asian Americans. This compelling collection features 20 profiles with 60 action-packed, color illustrations.
It's about time - rebel girls, rad women, little leaders, and great guys are Asian American too!
Readers will enjoy learning about 20 groundbreaking citizens who have contributed to the USA.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (actor)
Bruce Lee (martial artist)
Mindy Kaling (comedy writer)
Jeremy Lin (basketball player)
Lea Salonga (singer)
Steven Chu (Nobel prize winning physicist)
Yuri Kochiyama (activist)
Sammy Lee (Olympic gold medalist)
Helen Zia (journalist)
Tyrus Wong (painter)
Chrissy Teigen (model/entrepreneur)
David Chang (chef)
Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO)
Dr. Jane Luu (astronomer)
Daniel K. Inouye (senator/soldier)
Dolly Gee (lawyer/judge)
Shahid Khan (business owner)
Vicky Draves (Olympic gold medalist)
Sono Osato (dancer)
Flossie Wong-Staal (scientist)
These profiles of compelling personalities, men and women from diverse backgrounds and vocations, are brought to life with fantastic color illustrations.
Immigrants and their children continue to enrich America’s culture. Discover important chapters of U.S. history not covered in school textbooks, and the marvelous accomplishments of these trailblazers. Challenged by racism, prejudice, and stereotypes, these pioneers forged ahead and became role models for generations to come.
Parents and children will enjoy learning about these compelling personalities. These captivating chapters make great reading for any hour, from book reports to bedtime stories. Teachers and librarians will use this contemporary collection as a relevant resource and an accessible reference. Artist Juan Calle’s 60 dynamic color illustrations bring these fascinating and informative portraits to life.
"I really enjoyed your book, a great mix of Asian-Americans from different fields and countries, with many types of stories that should inspire young readers. I learned a lot!"
- Milton Chen, Senior Fellow, George Lucas Educational Foundation
Enjoy the first English children’s picture book on how Japan’s ramen noodles were created! Amazingly illustrated, this storybook features a glossary of Japanese terms.
This is the first adventure in our series on cool inventions created in Asia. The cute red panda Dao makes history come alive by transporting the kids Emma and Ethan back in time. Together they learn how fantastic creations came to be and zip back to the future! This dynamic journey explores the invention of ramen.
This quest is like Chef’s Table meets Back to the Future! The trio begins their trip in 1800’s Japan. They travel from the unpaved streets where pushcart vendors cooked to the growing capital of Tokyo. They witness the rise of instant ramen, Momofuku Ando’s Nissin cup of noodles, and now four star restaurants and celebrity chefs. Along the way, Dao and the kids visit ramen factories and museums and even zoom to outer space! Kids and educators will appreciate the story’s comprehensive scope and Japanese glossary.
Since nearly every city has a ramen restaurant, adults and kids will enjoy learning how their favorite noodles are made! Readers will discover how chefs use different broths and ingredients to boost the special flavor of umami (the savory fifth taste) to make delicious noodle soups.
Along the way, teachers and librarians will appreciate how students eagerly absorb Japanese food history, culinary culture, and key words. Fans of cooking shows and home cooks will delight in the dynamic artwork which render tasty dishes in mouthwatering color to the point where you can smell the aroma coming off the printed pages.
“Perhaps no dish says more about our hunger for Asian food today than ramen. This delightful tale shares the story of how this iconic noodle journeyed from China to worldwide acclaim as both comfort food and instant grub, beloved by bellies of all ages. Thanks for spreading awareness of Asian culture through its delicious cuisine!”
— Danielle Chang, Founder of Luckyrice (www.luckyrice.com) and Creator of PBS TV series Lucky Chow