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New Release - The Magic Paintbrush

@tbrbeyondtours & @katzhangwriter  #TheMagicPaintbrush #TBRBeyondTours #KatZhang

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My review


The author and creator bring forward a middle grade inspired by the Chinese legend of the Magic Paintbrush. As an artist, I was immediately connected to this story. The characters can bring creatures and other things to life with art and brushstrokes of magic and all can disappear if the paintbrush breaks.

The chapters have amazing illustrations.

To those who don't relate to creating art, this is an amazing magical adventure with awesome lore creatures and a journey filled with action.

Granddaughter gets a chance to connect and get to know her grandmother better. I am glad that we had chapters from the villain's perspective giving him more depth of character, but overall it's a light fantasy, easy to read, and perfect for those getting into the genre. A great start for a series.

Book Info:

The Magic Paintbrush by Kat Zhang and Eric Darnell

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Publishing Date: May 21, 2024



In this highly illustrated series launch, Amy, a Chinese American girl picks up an ancient paintbrush and unwittingly unleashes the power to make her art real—and sometimes dangerous. Perfect for fantasy readers who love Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor and Dragon Pearl series.

“Gorgeous and gripping, The Magic Paintbrush swoops readers off on rip-roaring fantasy adventure that unfurls like a magnificent scroll…Brimming with imagination and heart…” Soman Chainani, author of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series

Amy has always loved art, but lately her drawings have been less than impressive. There’s no passion, nopersonality, no…magic. Until Amy visits her Lao Lao, her grandmother, and finds an ancient paintbrush that brings anything Amy creates to life!

Now her creation Luna has taken over her bedroom and is running through the streets of Flushing, Queens. What an international adventure filled with an ancient Chinese legend, a greedy adversary and ghastly beasts!

Award-winning author Kat Zhang teams up with Eric Darnell, the writer and director of the Madagascar series and the Chief Creative Officer of Baobab Studios, to create a captivating highly-illustrated middle grade series debut about finding your own path, the power of imagination, and the strength of family.


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About the Author:

Kat Zhang loves traveling to places both real and fictional–the former have better souvenirs, but the latter allow for dragons, so it’s a tough pick. She is the author of the novels the Hybrid Chronicles, The Emperor’s Riddle, and The Memory of Forgotten Things, and the picture books Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon. When not writing, spends her free time scribbling poetry, taking photographs, and climbing atop things she shouldn’t.

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