Mini Magellan strives to encourage kids to develop global social awareness and express themselves creatively through games, toys, art, stories, entertainment and fun interactive play.

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Bringing the Past Into the Present

The Jade Stars series puts a modern spin on age old folk tales that have been passed down from generation to generation. We aim to entertain and engage kids of today while remaining true to the original stories of how things came to be, everyday life lessons and morality. Our hope is to thoughtfully introduce kids to other cultures and make distant lands seem not so distant.

Year of the Tiger 15" Plush - Limited Edition

It is the sixth of twelve limited edition jumbo plush animals for the newly released book Jade Stars: The Great Race. This super soft 15” pancake plush, designed by Jerome Lu and Patty Variboa of Fat Rabbit Farm, makes a great gift for any year of the tiger collector.

Year of the Rabbit 19" Plush - Limited Edition

It is the fifth of twelve limited edition jumbo plush animals for the newly released book Jade Stars: The Great Race. This super soft 19” pancake plush, designed by Jerome Lu and Patty Variboa of Fat Rabbit Farm, makes a great gift for any year of the rabbit collector.

Jade Stars: Let's Celebrate! Sticker Activity Book

Have fun celebrating with the Jade Stars and all their friends during a Cherry Blossom Festival, Dragon Boat Race and more! Over 75 reusable stickers are included that you can peel and reapply again and again while creating whatever you can imagine.

By Charles Huang and Stacey Hirata, illustrated by Jerome Lu of Hyperactive Monkey.

Year of the Horse 17" Plush - Limited Edition

The first of twelve limited edition jumbo plush animals for the newly released book Jade Stars: The Great Race. This super soft 17” pancake plush, designed by Jerome Lu and Patty Variboa of Fat Rabbit Farm, makes a great gift for any year of the horse collector.

Year of the Snake 14" Plush - Limited Edition

The second of twelve limited edition jumbo plush animals for the newly released book Jade Stars: The Great Race. This super soft 14” pancake plush, designed by Jerome Lu and Patty Variboa of Fat Rabbit Farm, makes a great gift for any year of the snake collector.

Year of the Ram 19" Plush - Limited Edition

It's the third of twelve limited edition jumbo plush animals for the newly released book Jade Stars: The Great Race. This super soft 19” pancake plush, designed by Jerome Lu and Patty Variboa of Fat Rabbit Farm, makes a great gift for any year of the ram collector.

Year of the Dragon 19" Plush - Limited Edition

It's the fourth of twelve limited edition jumbo plush animals for the newly released book Jade Stars: The Great Race. This super soft 19” pancake plush, designed by Jerome Lu and Patty Variboa of Fat Rabbit Farm, makes a great gift for any year of the ram collector.

The Great Race: How the Chinese Zodiac Came to Be

To celebrate his birthday, the Jade Emperor has organized a Great Race and invited all of his favorite animals to compete for a place of honor in the heavens. The Jade Stars must use their talents, wits and determination to race to the finish and earn their place in the lunar calendar.

By Charles Huang and Stacey Hirata, illustrated by Jerome Lu of Hyperactive Monkey.

Baby Onesie for Chinese New Year and Zodiac

A perfect and thoughtful baby gift for any Year of the Horse 2014 newborn to celebrate Chinese New Year. The essential short sleeve onesie is made of soft 100% cotton. A fun and cute baby shower gift for those born under year of the horse.

REVIEWS

The Great Race: How The Chinese Zodiac Came to Be

MEET THE AUTHORS

Charles Huang

Charles was born in Taiwan the same year his wife, Lillian, was born in Shanghai. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Kaylan and Charley. Together, Charles and Lillian raise their daughters to be good global citizens and it is this mission that serves as the core of Mini Magellan.

Charles' belief in promoting global consciousness in youth also manifests in other endeavors. For instance, he launched the Huang Scholars Program at his alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, where he got his degree in Asian Studies. The Huang Scholars Program is a two summer program which sends students to study language and work at internships in China.

Charles has been entertaining kids and adults now for over 15 years. As a co-founder of RedOctane, he co-created the Guitar Hero video game franchise, which went on to become the fastest video game to reach $1B in sales and has also exceeded $5B of total revenue to date. When he is not building entertainment or hardware products, Charles serves on the Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees.

Stacey Hirata

Born “Yonsei” (a 4th generation Japanese-American), Stacey was raised in San Francisco, California. Exposed to an eclectic mix of cultures and customs at a very young age, social diversity and global awareness became a key creative influence through her childhood.

Stacey discovered early in her career a knack for finding creative ways to entertain kids and adults alike. Dabbling in tour and travel, event planning and even TV news media for a few years Stacey eventually found her calling in the video games and digital entertainment industry. For over 20 years Stacey led the marketing, brand and creative teams for hundreds of video

games including pop culture brands Pac-Man and Guitar Hero. Stacey first met her co-author Charles when she was hired as VP of Marketing at RedOctane, the creators of the billion dollar brand Guitar Hero.

Stacey and her husband, Ford, became parents when they welcomed twins Kennedy and Ryder into the world. They recognized the importance of integrating “play” into their children’s development, instilling in them the principle that even learning can be fun. Stacey’s children served as her inspiration behind the creation of Mini Magellan and Jade Stars, her answer to finding the vital balance between entertainment and education while encouraging kids to explore beyond the horizon and to reach for the stars.

Q & A

How did you and Charles meet?

Stacey: Long story short. Charles and his brother hired me as their VP of Marketing to work on their up and coming video game called Guitar Hero. They brought me in to take the marketing of the brand to the next level. Happy to say we achieved over a billion dollars in revenue just a year later, became the fastest growing video game franchise ever and reached pop culture status. Let’s hope we can make lightning strike twice in the same spot together!

Who was your biggest inspiration when creating Jade Stars?

Charles: My mom told me this folk tale growing up. And I realized few non-Chinese know the story of the chinese zodiac, even though they know of the zodiac. So I thought it made sense to retell the folk tale for a new audience.

Stacey: My 5 year old twins Kennedy and Ryder. My hope is to give them a balance of ABC’s and 123’s with a mix of fun creative play and culture.

Do you listen to music while you are writing? Who?

Charles: I listen to music all day long at work. I listen to a mix of english and c-pop (chinese) music.

Stacey: Nope. If I’m writing I’m truly invested in imaging the world. Music would probably take me out of the experience.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Charles: It’s never been easier to get a book out into the world. Technology, online distribution, ebooks, etc. is much more efficient. So don’t worry about getting a publisher. Just get your story out.

Stacey: Just do it! We all sit there and say we want to do something, its another thing to get up and actually try. My husband Ford always tells me “Don’t say I should have. Just do it!"

If you could collaborate with any writer or artist, who would it be?

Charles: My favorite stories growing up were Sherlock Holmes. But Arthur Conan Doyle is long passed.

Stacey: Hum, right now it would be Jon J Muth, the writer for Zen Shorts. I love the way he’s carefully crafted and integrated the messages and lessons while still entertaining the child.

Q & A Lightning Round!

Charles: Android. Google gave me a free HTC Nexus One year ago so I’ve always been Android.

Stacey: iOS

Charles: Chocolate Cake

Stacey: Pie

Charles: I drink multiple cups of tea over the winter. Mostly green tea with honey.

Stacey: COFFEE!!!

CHINESE ZODIAC CHARACTERS

In the Chinese lunar calendar, a different animal represents each year in a 12 year cycle. People born under a particular year identify with that animal’s personality traits, strengths, weaknesses and compatibility with the other animals.

What's your zodiac character?

1924,1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Bringing the Past Into the Present

The Jade Stars series puts a modern spin on age old folk tales that have been passed down from generation to generation. We aim to entertain and engage kids of today while remaining true to the original stories of how things came to be, everyday life lessons and morality. Our hope is to thoughtfully introduce kids to other cultures and make distant lands seem not so distant.

The Team

The Jade Stars team came together to pursue one common goal- to broaden the horizons of our youth. The creators use inventive storytelling as a means to introduce children to different cultures. Created in 2013 by Charles Huang and Stacey Hirata, the aim of Jade Stars is to entertain children and acquaint them with classic tales and folklore, presented through an exciting, modern lens. Jade Stars was created by parents and it's our sincere hope that other parents will share our stories, characters and artwork with their own children and help us foster global social awareness.

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Wallabee Home gives you the freedom to turn any room in your home into a one of a kind work of art. Modern design unites with function in a variety of products that encourage you to personalize your surroundings. Express yourself, let your creativity run wild and tell a story with your home decor. Wallabee Home will help you turn your vision into a reality.

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Fat Rabbit Farm is a magical, floating kingdom inhabited by spontaneous and adventurous friends, including a fluffy bunny obsessed with sweet treats, a pirate bunny looking for the next thrill, a quiet but brave little turtle, and a vegetable yelling hybrid yeti bunny. The farm is full of surprises, where a few places are known, and most are still yet to be discovered.

Fat Rabbit Farm has won the hearts of many kids and adults of all ages as we hope to continue to share the stories and adventures through our apparel, art, accessories, and story books.

The Creators

Since 2006, the creators have instilled the passion, creativity, and personality into what Fat Rabbit Farm is today with the goal of filling warm hearts all across the globe with laughs and smiles.

The intellectual property brand was originally created in Los Angeles by creator and designers Jason Ponggasam and Patty Variboa, inspired by their fluffy bunnies named Babee and Blanket. The two bunnies won over Jason and Patty's hearts with their own unique individual personalities that brought smiles and laughs to their everyday lives. Using the love and passion for design and bunnies, the design couple were compelled to create animated characters of the two buns and eventually a whole magical world filled with other friends appeared.

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To learn more about Fat Rabbit Farms and the creators,
visit www.fatrabbitfarm.com.

Hyperactive Monkey is the collective works of Jerome Lu. It is where your wildest dreams and Saturday morning adventures come true. So come on and join some of our friends like Shaolin Monkey and Ninja Monkey and start monkeying around!

Jerome Lu

Jerome Lu was born in Mountain View and raised in the Bay Area by a family of wild monkeys. Even when he was a small chimp, they could see that he believed every crayon in the box had magical powers, and he would transform blank pages into colorful, fantastic worlds filled with monkeys, ninjas, robots and all his craziest dreams. His wild monkey relations soon recognized his artistic talent and nurtured it with a diet of Skittles and Corn Nuts. They made sure his art education included Saturday morning cartoons and ABC After School Specials. Now that Jerome has grown up to be a big monkey, they are quite proud that his childhood creativity has never diminished. In fact, it has grown, and he is working on his biggest art project to date: constructing a 20-story ultimate monkey ninja robot.

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To learn more about Hyperactive Monkey and Jerome,
visit www.hyperactivemonkey.com.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Jerome Lu

1. What is your earliest memory of drawing?

I remember always drawing at my babysitter’s house. She would always leave out pencils and crayons for me to doodle on. I think it was her way of getting me to stop watching so much tv.

2. Do you listen to music while you create your art? Who?

I don’t listen to music while I work but I always have cartoons like Adventure Time or a random Studio Ghibli movie on in the background.

3. If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

Maurice Sendak who is the writer and author of my favorite book, Where the Wild Things Are.

4. What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Getting to wake up every morning and getting to create and draw wonderful things.

5.What’s the worst thing about being an artist?

Never having enough time to make all your ideas come to life.

6. What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

Just keep doodling and drawing everyday and never let other people’s opinions get you down.

7. What’s the last great book that you read?

Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.

8. What’s your ideal vacation spot?

Someplace quiet by the beach with just me, my girlfriend, and my sketchbook.

9. What’s a website that you visit everyday?

www.cuteoverload.com

10. What can we look forward to from you in the future?

More toys, books, and general Hyperactive Monkey goodness.

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