Monday, August 24, 2009

Immedium Books

There are some publishing companies who publish such a variety of books that you couldn't really identify the books or the publisher on site. There are other, usually smaller by comparison publishers, who have their own unique blend and style to them. You can tell just by the cover art on a book who published it. Sometimes it's a story line, sometimes it's a main character. The books are their own culture. Immedium is one such publisher. Their books really stand out in a crowd.

I don't know about you, but I like being aware of what various publishers have to offer and what they stand for. I've learned to trust and distrust certain books based on where they are coming from. Each publisher seems to offer up certain types of books and the more you know about the publisher, the more you'll know about the books that are out there and available for consumption.

I was originally drawn to Immedium's Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought book. Being that our young tyke is quite enamoured with trains, and being that I was kinda getting tired of reading about Thomas, I thought we could branch out a bit.

Timmy and Tammy was a perfect fit for us! It is about a sibling set that love to read about trains and play with trains. One day their mother and father decide that it is time for them to ride a real train and so off they go on their own train ride adventure. The illustrations by Health McPherson make me think of I Dream of Jeannie. They are fun, whimsical, cartoonish, 1950's-ish and did I say fun? (Oh, I see that I did!) Great book and we've reread it multiple times.

The Adventures of WonderBaby: From A to Z (illustrated by Joe Chiodo) is also unique unto itself. The baby in this book takes after numerous animals and wildlife. It drools like a dog, enjoys like an elephant, flips like a flounder, etc., etc.

"Faster than a speeding bulldog,
More powerful than a "loco" mole,
With a rainbow of talents
You bound way out of sight."

My only objection is that it says that Wonderbaby bites like a beaver and although it shows him biting a toy, still, it's not a habit I'd like for our children to pick up and/or think is acceptable. So we didn't read that page aloud. (There are blessings in young children not being able to read!)

Still, Oliver Chin, author of the above two books, seems to write in a very tongue-and-cheek manner which makes it a fun read for adults as well as the children. The books are exciting, clever and cute. (WonderBaby kept Bookworm1 completely satisfied for a 20 minute car ride. He just flipped through and stared at the animals so two thumbs up to Joe Chiodo for the illustrations on that one!)

Immedium's other books seem to have the same flair to them. Recently, Stephanie at Olive Tree reviewed The Octonauts & The Frown Fish on her site. I was eyeing those particular books as my son is a rather huge ocean animal fan as well. (He's really into anything animal related. But if it can be linked to Nemo, so much the better!)

One thing that sets Immedium apart is its bent towards Asian-American books. Oliver Chin is the prominent author of their line of books and if you'd like to learn more about him you can visit Immedium's site.

For something a little different and unique, look up some Immedium titles. I bet it won't take you long before you'll be able to identify them on site as well!

1 comment:

Z-Kids said...

Wow - wonderful art... I'm going to try to hunt these down!

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