Our third tale for the fall season is about a realm both far away and yet familiar. The Treehouse Heroes & the Forgotten Beast is the first children's book by writer Phil Amara and artist Alina Chau. Phil was a comics editor at Dark Horse Comics (Star Wars, Predator, Terminator, and many other titles) and Kitchen Sink Press, and is now an elementary school teacher for Boston Public. Alina is a professional animator and now a 3D artist at LucasArts, working on the popular animated TV series on the Cartoon Network Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Together they've created a brave new world, where fantasic scenery and characters are beautifully rendered in flowing watercolors.
Situated high in an ancient forest, five young teens have banded together under the tutelage of a wise teacher. They live in a land of noble traditions which are suddenly under siege by an increasingly rapacious civilization. A case in point is how mystical creatures are becoming rarer, such as the red-coated Zez whose reputed powers are now highly sought after by the power hungry General Moon.
Luckily for the Zez, it befriends the Treehouse Heroes, each of whom also possess special abilities. Cha is super strong. Klee can shape-shift. Gru is a speedster. Flo can teleport. Bri's breath is like the wind. But together can they save the Zez and the vanishing world it represents?
Sunil Thankamushy from DEEPBLUE Worlds called this a "A
beautifully illustrated mythical adventure filled with fun and magic for young
kids. The vibrant characters and creatures pop out of the pages and fill your
imaginations. My kids loved it!" Discover this unique blend of picture book and graphic novel storytelling for yourself :)