2009 is the year of the Ox, and Immedium Press has a new children’s book to start the new year. The Year of the Ox is the fourth installment of the annual series Tales from the Zodiac. The Year of the Ox is written by Oliver Chin and illustrated by Miah Alcorn.
Immedium Press was kind enough to send me a review copy. The story is about a young ox named Olivia and her friendship with Mei, the farmer’s daughter. Like the typical ox, Olivia is hard-working, dependable, and a little stubborn. It’s a coming-of-age tale of an ox who discovers her best qualities.
The illustrations are charming, and they remind me of John K. and his Ren and Stimpy show. Olivia is an adorable ox, and you’ll never be able to eat veal again. Oliver Chin’s story does a good job of teaching kids about the year of the Ox. Personally I’m fascinated by Chinese astrology, and this would be a fun way of introducing this subject to kids.
The Year of the Ox is currently available for pre-order and it’s also listed on Amazon.com. To see the other Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, visit this link. I’ll be looking forward to The Year of the Dragon.