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February 12, 2013 - NEWS

KJ Gamez' New Platform Game Combines the Spirit of an Epic Win with the Hidden Message of Wildlife Preservation
Serious gamers are invited to follow a koala across deep-jungle grassy areas while avoiding collisions with ghosts of extinction.
KJ Gamez proudly announced its innovative mobile game, "Koala Jungle," today. The seriously addictive game has a total of 50 levels, including tricky sequences even the most seasoned gamers will enjoy. Follow KJ Hero, the koala, across deep-jungle grassy platforms to reach a twig of fresh eucalyptus leaves at the end of the journey. Read Full Release.

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February 11, 2013 - NEWS

Two New Mobile Games Pay Homage to Deep-Sea Marvels and Foster Global Awareness About Our Natural Environment
Showcasing the epic beauty of our natural environment while harnessing the power of blissful learning.
Brought to you by KJ Gamez, two new mobile games, "Aqua Koalas" and "Koala Maze," made their debut today. Giant jellyfish have made headlines in Japan, causing havoc by sinking fishing boats and choking intake lines for power plants. Join the KJ Hero, a koala avatar, on a mission to fight the offspring of giant jellyfish and keep the oceans from being destroyed by storm drain trash! Read Full Release.

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February 4, 2013 - NEWS

KJ Gamez Offers 101+ Reasons for Considering its Newest Smartphone Game for a Valentine's Gift
New mobile game has addictive game mechanics and comes with a cluster of tangible prizes.
A new mobile game, "Koala Heroes," launched in time for Valentine's Day, features several popular game mechanics in one. It starts out in a world of candy dreams that warm the player's heart upon when fetching the koala's most precious desire—a simple leaf of eucalyptus—is fetched. Read Full Release.

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January 19, 2013 - NEWS

Koala Jo Publishing Announces 101+ Real-Life Gifts with New Smartphone Games when
Played to Completion

Family-friendly games teach the value of delayed gratification and perseverance in the pursuit of one's passions.
Koala Jo Publishing® today announced it's mobile game division, KJ Gamez™ with ten family-friendly games. The games with titles such as Space Koalas, Dream Koalas, and Happy Koalas also include an interactive coloring book Koala Coloring Book as well as the Klassic Koalas Master Collection, which consists of thirteen popular Koala Jo books compiled into one attractive app for the iPad. Read Full Release.

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February 24, 2012 - NEWS

Move Over, MOMA: KOMA Has Arrived
Local artist reinterprets the classics for Half Moon Bay publisher.
You've likely been to a few—if not several—modern art museums. But no matter how many MOMAs you've been to, you probably have yet to encounter the one that recently arrived in Half Moon Bay. Read Full Article

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February 23, 2012 - NEWS

Koalas and Art History Revealed
If you like cute, fuzzy koalas, then Harbor Books is where you want to be on Saturday.
From 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25, "fine-art museum curator Francois D'Rigour" will present a museum catalogue chronicling works of fine art from the classic masters. What was the Mona Lisa really smiling at? If you look closely, what can you spot lurking in and out of the patterns of an M.C. Escher design or the leaves of a Monet painting? Read Full Article

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February 9, 2012 - NEWS

Koalas Lurk in Fine Art
Margulies' new book spoofs the masters.
What was the Mona Lisa really smiling at? If you look closely, what can you spot lurking in and out of the patterns of an M.C. Escher design or the leaves of a Monet painting? Read Full interview

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February 9, 2012 - NEWS

A Koala Colony of Books in Half Moon Bay
Local publisher shares her story of how the fuzzy animal became the inspiration for 13 books.
In my opinion, Montara artist, writer, and comedienne Nancy Margulies unleashed her creative genius with a completely made-up museum catalog. Read Full Essay

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February 8, 2012 - NEWS

View theatre playbill for Nancy Margulies' upcoming (sold-out!) performance San Francisco's Stage Werx Theatre and launch of her new book Klassic Koalas: The Koala Museum of Modern Art Catalogue. Full View | Book Info

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February 15, 2009 - NEWS

Peter Douglas Donates Royalties to Help Victims of Victoria Wildlife Fires
The famed animal carer and Senior Vice President of The University of Queensland's Gatton's Past Students' Management Committee, donated past two year's royalties from Klassic Koalas: Mr. Douglas' Koalas and the Stars of Qantas to Wildlife Victoria in order to help save lives of animals harmed in the devastating wildfires that have been sweeping across southern Australia. Book Info

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Podcast Gives Author a Voice for Koalas
Thanks to Radio Free Bliss, author Lee Barwood is now able to reach a wider audience in her efforts to raise funds for the Australian Wildlife Hospital. Barwood, the highlighted interview for the month of May, is the latest author to join the company of writers whose insights and works are featured. Read Full Release

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April 29, 2008 - NEWS

Koala Author Makes the News in Premiere of Arts Council Magazine
Kicking off magazine launch with coverage of prime local talent.
Lee Barwood, author of Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings, from Koala Jo Publishing, is featured in the premiere issue of X-It, the new magazine of the Monmouth County (NJ) Arts Council. Read Full Release

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August 7, 2007 - NEWS

Teddy Bear Artists Invitational: One good cause helping another
Environmental author Lee Barwood, whose newest book, Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings raises funds for the Australian Wildlife Hospital, will take her book tour to the Teddy Bear Artists Invitational (TBAI) show in Binghamton, NY in August 16 – 18. Read Full Release

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July 23, 2007 - NEWS

Klassic Koalas Author and Publisher Mark First Milestone in Fundraising
Koala Jo Publishing's two fundraising releases, Koalas: Zen in Fur and Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings, have only been out since May and June, and in that short time they have raised $1,624.99 USD for the work of the Australian Wildlife Hospital. Read Full Release

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July 7, 2007 - NEWS Release

Author Marks Live Earth Day with Launch of Environmental Newsletter.
The Beat of Gaia's Heart, will feature in its premiere issue a lengthy interview with the head veterinarian at the Australian Wildlife Hospital. Dr. Jon Hanger talked with Barwood at length about the need to preserve the environment and the work he does at the Hospital. Read Full Release

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July 6, 2007 - REVIEW

Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings receives a favorable review in July issue of coveted ForeWord Magazine.
"Pourquoi tales explain why the koala and many of his fellow inhabitants of Australia exhibit certain physical and behavioral characteristics today." Read Full Review

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June 18, 2007 - NEWS Release

Author Reaches Booksellers, Librarians with Wildlife Message at BEA
New books about Australian animals were revealed at the World's largest book trade fair Among the 30,000 or so people who attended BookExpo America in New York City were thousands of librarians and booksellers, and author Lee Barwood was there to meet them and talk about her new book. Read Full Release

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June 18, 2007 - NEWS Release

Klassic Koalas: Vegetarian Delights Too Cute to Eat Now Available for Vegans
The creator of The Amazing Nut Milk Bag shares her recipes in a new, FREE
e-book
The new release on May 7 of Klassic Koalas: Vegetarian Delights Too Cute to Eat offers a free PDF download of vegan updates to recipes in the book, so that everyone can enjoy the treats it offers. Read Full Release | Book Info

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June 18, 2007 - NEWS Release

Book Launch Party a Success in Fundraising
Author drives 1,300 miles to meet young Wildlife Warriors To celebrate the launch of her latest book, Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings, from Koala Jo Publishing, author Lee Barwood went on the road. Read Full Release

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May 28, 2007 - NEWS ARTICLE

Call it the "Koala Konnection." It's the thread that has brought together a California publisher, a New Jersey writer, and the artists at the Central Ohio Art Academy in Reynoldsburg. Article by John Matuszak, Eastside Messenger, Columbus, Ohio. More

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May 27, 2007 - NEWS Release

The Embrace of Tranquility
Do creatures from primordial times hold enlightenment in their grasp? Koala Jo Publishing today announced the release of its title, Koalas: Zen in Fur. Full Release | Book Info

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May 21, 2007 - NEWS Release

From Gentle Laughter and Side-Splitting Humor to Visions Glorious to Behold
The astounding photographs only appear to deceive your eye. Koala Jo Publishing today announced the release of its title, Klassic Koalas: Mr. Douglas' Koalas and the Stars of Qantas. Read Full Release | Book Info

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May 15, 2007 - NEWS Release

A Slice of Bygone Times and Timely Every-Day Inspirations
Ethereal images of peacefulness and tranquility remind of what matters most in life. Koala Jo Publishing today announced the release of its title, Klassic Koalas: Vintage Postcards and Timeless Quotes of Wisdom. Read Full Release | Book Info

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May 13, 2007 - NEWS Release

A Celebration of Life
Lush color photographs in Koalas: Zen in Fur show the very special relationship between koala mothers and their young. Mother's Day isn't just for humans—animal mothers show great devotion, too. Read Full Release | Book Info

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May 7, 2007 - NEWS Release

Culinary Wonders for Beginners and the Most Blasé of Epicureans
Spirited animal shape recipes are guaranteed to pique the talk of any party. Koala Jo Publishing today announced release of its new title, Klassic Koalas: Vegetarian Delights Too Cute to Eat. From cupcakes to chocolates, cookies to tea sandwiches, the delectable recipes in this book now let you add everyone's favorite marsupial to any social event. Read Full Release | Book Info

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May 1, 2007 - NEWS Release

An Environmentally Friendly Tribute to Native Australian Wonders and People
90 Australian animals, plants, and Aboriginal terms depicted and explained in detail. Koala Jo Publishing today announced release of its title, Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings, by award-winning author Lee Barwood. It will be in both softcover and e-book formats. Read Full Release | Book Info

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April 23, 2007 - NEWS Release

Author's Reading at School Event Scores Big Points for Wildlife Preservation
New book about Aboriginal Lore and Australian Wildlife was a big hit with young students. Young students at a "Read Across America" event also celebrated Earth Day just a bit early by helping the Australian Wildlife Hospital, a major project of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Ltd, when author Lee Barwood introduced them to the koala's place in Australian Aboriginal folklore. More | Visit store

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April 22, 2007 - NEWS Release

Earth Day Announcement: Wildlife Warriors Benefit from Sales of Koala-Themed Keepsakes
Koala Jo Publishing announces new title, new way to contribute. With the release of its new title, Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings, Koala Jo Publishing announces that readers can help the Australian Wildlife Hospital, a major initiative of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, not only through purchase of the book, but also through purchase of wearable and gift items that display images from the book. More | Visit store

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April 21, 2007 - NEWS ARTICLE

A Passion for Compassion
Oceanport woman's concern for wildlife and the environment infuses her work as an author. An interview with Lee Barwood and Bobbi Seidel, Asbury Park Press.
"She's using those inate passions—a love of word and animals and a concern for he environment—into the realization of a dream." More

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March 08, 2007 - NEWS Release

Australian Marvel Helps Create Compassion for All Living Creatures
Bringing an understanding of the natural world that is lacking in today's hectic pace. Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings, to be released by Koala Jo Publishing in San Mateo this spring, offers A new glimpse of the Dreamtime, the Aboriginal Creation period, in eight stories that offer explanations for everything from the Great Flood to how the koala lost its tail. More | Watch YouTube video

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February 19, 2007 - NEWS ARTICLE

Meet the young aritsts who helped illustrate Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings. Front-page article by John Matuszak, Eastside Messenger.
A unique, real-world experience teaches students of the Central Ohio Art Academy about being a "member of a world society." Read Full Article

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February 16, 2007 - AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Interviewing a very articulate author, editor, and reviewer for Foreword Magazine and FMAM (Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine.)
By award-winning author/editor Lea Schizahs, Leah's Blog
If each of us resolves to take action personally, in some way, it will make a difference. That's what April Rue finds in Drowned Hollow, and that's what Lee Barwood hopes to inspire in others with her work. Full story (View Drowned Hollow YouTube trailer.)

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January 25, 2007 - NEWS ARTICLE

Young Artists Carry on Croc Hunter Spirit Article by Sean Casey ThisWeek News.
Book project introduces middle school students to the design process of the commercial world. Full article (Small corrections: Joanne Ehrich is a U.S. citizen; Jack Hanna wrote the afterword in another Koala Jo Publishing title: Koalas: Moving Portraits of Serenity.)

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February 12, 2007 - AUTHOR INTERVIEW

On Koalas, Dogs, and Writing: An Interview with Author Lee Barwood.
By Courtney Mroch, Families.com
About getting too far removed from animals in modern life and how a better understanding of them leads to not only being "kinder to them but also kinder to ourselves, but and wiser in general about the world as a whole." Read the interview

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September 2006: Animals' Voice magazine, a publication of SPCA New Zealand, promises to give away a FREE book of Koalas: Moving Portraits of Serenity to the winner of the best koala drawing. Visit the New Zealand SPCA website.

The winner is: Julia Wiesniewski of Santa Barbara, California.

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Pet New Zealand Magazine's September issue showcases Koalas. View the stunning two-page article. Visit Pet New Zealand Magazine website.

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July, 2006: Nominated Australian Book of the Month of July by Bookworm, Australia.

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ABC Lismore radio interview | Echo News story | Port Macquarie news

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May 1, 2006 - NEWS RELEASE

Koalas: Moving Portraits of Serenity Debuts to Set a New Standard for Animal Photography. New book called "exquisite celebration of the lovable koala" by animal expert Jack Hanna Read full release

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Koalas: Moving Portraits of Serenity edited by Joanne Ehrich; Oversized trade hardcover; 260 pages; 9.25 x 12.25 inches; 315 photographic plates; Publication date: April 30, 2006; Retail $45 USD, $55 CAN, $60.00 AUD, £32.50 AUD, 50 Euro;ISBN 0-9764698-0-4;

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Tradeshow Schedule

We will be represented at Book Expo America (Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY, May 31st - June 3rd, 2007, in the North American Book Exchange booth) and at theCalifornia Book Trade Show (Oakland, California, October 5th through 7th, 2007, in the NABE booth.)