Previously in 2002 he wrote The Tao of Yao: Insights from Basketball’s Brightest Big Man, which Publishers Weekly called a “clever twist on the traditional sports biography” and The Honolulu Advertiser praised as “meticulously researched and will interest the phenom’s thousands of fans.” In the same year he wrote and illustrated the graphic novel 9 of 1: A Window to the World which received 2003 Honorable Mention for the Gustavus Myers Award that “commends works that extend our understanding of the root causes of bigotry and the range of options we as humans have in constructing alternative ways to share power.”
Oliver had spoken on NPR, FoxSports and Pacifica Radio, and at colleges such as Yale, MIT, Columbia, Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC, USF Center for the Pacific Rim, University of Michigan, De Anza, San Francisco State University, and City College of San Francisco. He has read at diverse community venues nationwide such as the US Census Bureau, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, De Young Museum, Oakland Museum, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Bowers Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Huntington Library, and Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles.
Called a “comics expert” by the San Jose Mercury News, he has conducted comics workshops at dozens of public libraries and schools, and is an entertainment columnist for Comics and Games Retailer magazine and reviewer for Comics Buyer’s Guide. Having graduated magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard, where he was the cartoonist for the Harvard Crimson, he lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife and two sons.
|Book||The Year of the Tiger, Tales from the Chinese Zodiac|
Curiosity kindles this cat. Teddy is a cub who is destined to be a tiger king! His thrilling journey celebrates the new year.
Born into royalty, the young prince Teddy is warned by the King and Queen to steer clear of humans who are intruding into their wild domain. However, curiosity compels this cat to befriend the girl Su. But each camp doesn’t want to cross the other’s tracks. Despite his parents’ warnings, can Teddy prove the jungle is big enough for both man and beast?
2022 is the Year of the Tiger! Illustrating expressive characters and vibrant action, artist Justin Roth creates an inviting new world for readers to explore. Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is a popular annual children’s book series showcasing the twelve charming animals that embody the Chinese New Year.
Teddy’s roaring run to find his true talents will delight children and adults alike. Kids love identifying with how each animal embarks on a unique quest to discover his or her own character: Bright and dynamic illustrations will appeal to parents, those interested in Asian culture, and, of course, cat lovers.
Teachers appreciate how Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is the only English series on each of the animals of the Chinese lunar calendar. Librarians like how it one of the longest-running children’s book series featuring Asian American themes. Now readers everywhere can enjoy these entertaining and original tales.