Five super-powered teens battle a warlord to save an endangered creature. Appeals to fans of comic books, The Teen Titans, and Avatar the Last Airbender.
From their treehouse headquarters come five young champions and their wise teacher. Brawny Cha is a mountain of muscle. Small Klee is a shapeshifter, from girl to animal and back again. Blonde-haired Bri can blow gusts of wind. Long-haired Flo can vanish before your eyes. Lanky Gru is a speedster. Their white-bearded mentor has taught them to help others in need.
Now they must save the "Zez," a mystical Asiatic beast, from an encroaching civilization; especially the menacing General Moon, empowered by enchanted armor, and his soldiers. Using all their varied powers, can the Treehouse Heroes protect their new friend and restore the balance of nature?
Its fresh blend of adventure and lyrical art, created by traditional hand-painted watercolors, will excite young readers. Written by a former Dark Horse comics editor and illustrated by a Star Wars: The Clone Wars animator, this is a PG-rated action-filled quest that will engage parents and will find a home in the classroom or library.
Elementary school teachers can connect Treehouse Heroes to English Language Arts lessons. Because it’s a picture book, it’s a helpful supplement for English Language Development (ELD) students needing visual context. Librarians can use the storybook in lessons to exemplify character traits such as cooperation, thoughtfulness, empathy, and bravery as the characters overcome their fears and doubts to help a friend in need.
"A charming and magical story. The art is poetic and beautiful!"
- Steward Lee, Director on Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.
"In this ecological fable that takes place 'long ago, in a far-east land,' the forests and rivers are populated with mythological beasts...[The artwork] is charming and vibrant. Created by a veteran animator, it recalls the stylized landscapes and figures in The Secret of Kells."
"A beautifully illustrated book that would make a spectacular animated film. Alina uses her animation background to breath life into every illustration. In this book, we are reminded, with a light touch, that nature is both miraculous and fragile. A good part of preserving this beautiful world lies with each of us. The illustrations themselves seem to move like the wind or a flowing stream and remind us of the natural world around us…The story, wrapped in a beautifully illustrated fairy tale, is a good reminder to look for and protect the beauty of our natural world today. Find your town's Zez today and cherish and nurture it!"
- Thomas E. Richner, Associate Professor of Animation, Columbus College of Art and Design, Former Layout Artist on The Simpsons animated TV series
"Alina, I just had to email you to say how much I love your artwork, especially The Treehouse Heroes and the Forgotten Beast sketches and colour pieces you placed on your site. It has a great synergy of traditional and modern art that just struck a chord with me. AMAZING! ...thank you, for creating such inspirational work." - Haydn Dalton, Lead Designer, Darksiders II video game
"The story and illustrations are awesome! I love the style of the characters. The smoke and fire have a life unto their own. The vibrant watercolors contrasted against the pure white backgrounds makes for some really interesting compositions. The moral of the story is nicely told with great illustrations. I think kids would really like this book." - David Kury, Producer, LucasArts
“Amara and Chau have created an enchanting tale of magic, heroism and plenty of action. It so evokes a rich ancient fable you'd think it has existed for hundreds of years. But it hasn't and that's the best part. They've conjured up something classic, yet so new. I love it." - Dan Yaccarino, children's author and creator of Willa's Wild Life
"A whimsical tale of the magical Zez, and her adventures with the Treehouse Heroes & the evil General Moon. A story of magic, hope, belief and wonderment, written by Phil Amara and beautifully accented by the lush illustration of Alina Chau." - Ally Takeuchi, Swoon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"A charming book, I've shown it to all the kids in my family and they want me to read it to them again and again!" - Tony Millionaire, author of Sock Monkey