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Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chroniclesby Oliver Chin
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and#147;The exuberant digital illustrations show Julieand#8217;s journey from enthusiastic beginner to struggling novice to poised and confident student who earns her yellow belt...youngsters interested in the sport will be thrilled to follow Julieand#8217;s adventures. Other readers may also learn something from Julieand#8217;s determination to meet her goals.and#8221; and#151;School Library Journal
and#147;Practice makes perfect. Thatand#8217;s what Julie learns in her beginning kung fu class along with lessons about dedication and determination. (She thinks getting a black belt will be a snap.)...a high-action story that encourages deep reflection despite the action movie look.and#8221; and#151;San Francisco Chronicle
and#147;Hereand#8217;s another book that is perfect if you want to get younger children into comics. Plus itand#8217;s a positive story for female readers, an audience that is never given enough attentionand#133;Itand#8217;s a positive tale that encourages hard work and persistence and itand#8217;s entertaining and charming to boot.and#8221; and#151;Ainand#8217;t It Cool News
When Julie takes a kung fu class, she thinks getting a black belt will be easy. But her bold teacher says guess again! As reality doesnand#8217;t match her expectations, Julie wonders, what would her matinee idol Brandy Wu do?
Can Julie take her lessons to heart? Only then can this and#147;white beltand#8221; pass her next test to show her brother, parents, and heroine this sportand#8217;s true spirit.
Julie is a refreshing female character whom children everywhere can identify with. Created before Kung Fu Panda and the new Karate Kid film, Julie displays what real kid power is!
"Idolizing the movie actress Brandy Wu, Julie confidently accepts her parents' offer to enroll in a kung fu class in Oliver Chin's delightful Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chronicles. But getting a black belt won't be easy since her teacher says every beginner must start with a white one. Julie wonders what her big screen idol would do...Find out through Charlene Chua's lively illustrations in this engaging and empowering read." - Audrey Magazine
"Evocative of graphic novels, the illustrations will catch readers' attention. They portray the range of emotions that Julie and the other characters experience and also present the characters in 'action shots,' which will appeal to younger readers and draw them into the story. Many of the illustrations are mid-action sequences that will give readers the impression that they are watching a movie instead of reading a book with static pictures." - CM magazine
Kim Possible meets the Karate Kid.
"Julie Black Belt and its wonderful imagery are a great introduction for young readers into the world of martial arts." - Phillip Wong and Zhang Hong Mei, International Wushu gold medalists
"Julie Black Belt is the kind of picture book I wished we read while we were taking karate. I really like that the main character is a girl with dreamy notions of becoming a black belt but gets daunted by the actual training. This is the reality of karate and#151; itand#8217;s a marathon, not a sprint! But like karate, the act of doing and not giving up pays dividends in areas that cross beyond physical training: self-control, self-discipline, and self-confidence. Julie Black Beltand#8217;s message also has an overarching theme of perseverance and#151; that achievement results from consistent hard work." and#151;Pragmatic Mom
When Julie takes a kung fu class, she thinks getting a black belt will be easy. But her new instructor says guess again! As reality doesnand#8217;t match her expectations, Julie wonders what would her matinee idol Brandy Wu would do.
Julie takes her lessons to heart. But can this and#147;white beltand#8221; pass the test to show her family, teacher, and heroine this sportand#8217;s true spirit? A refreshing character that children identify with, Julie displays what real kid power is!
About the Author
Oliver Chin is a critically-acclaimed writer and artist. Graduating magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991, he is a media professional and public speaker. Residing in San Francisco, CA, he is married with two sons. Charlene Chua is a commercial illustrator who has contributed to Dentsu and Saatchi and Saatchi, FHM and Maxim magazines, and GameAxis and IGN.com. Born in Singapore, she now resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her husband.
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