Books by Alan Marks

SNOW SCHOOL by Sandra Markle
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Little human cubs will want to roll and cavort like these snow leopards—and learn more about them. (endnotes, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Over the course of the year, a pair of snow leopard cubs learn all they can from their mother, becoming ready for independence. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR ICE by Sandra Markle
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Sturdy and well-put-together nature writing for younger readers. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Markle provides an uncommon look at polar bears, the largest hunters on land, in this narrative that follows an orphaned cub barely old enough to survive on her own. Read full book review >
FAMILY PACK by Sandra Markle
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"An excellent story for wolf-lovers and a welcome addition to elementary-school science shelves. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
As they did with their award-winning A Mother's Journey (2005), Markle and Marks bring the natural world close through the story of a single female animal—in this case, one of the grey wolves released into Yellowstone National Park in 1995. Read full book review >
HIP-POCKET PAPA by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"This intriguing, informative introduction is a worthy successor to the team's Finding Home (2008). (author's note, facts, further sources) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Building on the appealing notion of nurturing fathers, Markle and Marks present this tiny Australian frog in the context of its natural environment. Read full book review >
FINDING HOME by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Capped by an explanatory afterword, extra koala facts and several recommended print and web resources, this makes another fine choice for budding naturalists to read alone or aloud. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
The creators of the award-winning penguin trek, A Mother's Journey (2005), now trace the odyssey of a koala parent with the same attention to detail and broadly appealing illustrations. Read full book review >
LITTLE LOST BAT by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"Nonetheless, this is a must for every nonfiction collection and bat fan. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
Markle successfully presents the astonishing world of Bracken Cave, the largest nursing colony of Mexican free-tailed bats. Read full book review >
A MOTHER’S JOURNEY by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"Sentimental title aside, this is sure to keep young nature lovers rapt, and carries added value for its unusual focus. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Accounts of how male Emperor penguins stand still for weeks to incubate their eggs while the females go off after food are easy to find on library shelves, but it's the male who usually gets most of the attention. Read full book review >
PILOT MOM by Kathleen Benner Duble
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2003

"A lot of information made palatable for young people while responding to their questions and fears in a post– "shock and awe" world. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Jenny and her best friend K.C. get a tour of the air base and airplane where Jenny's Mom is a tanker pilot. Read full book review >
IT’S BEDTIME! by Brigitte Weninger
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2001

"One note of caution: the illustrations of Ben's toy of choice elevates this tale from preschool appropriateness to young grade-schoolers; while little ones may take fright at the fierce ghoulishness of the toy, older, savvier ones will appreciate it's macabre effectiveness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A small boy selects an unlikely bedmate in this quirky tale from the author of the popular Davy Rabbit series (Happy Birthday, Davy!, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
HOW LONG? by Elizabeth Dale
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Marks provides gently shaded watercolors. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A moving tale that explores a child's notions of time and the enduring nature of love. Read full book review >
RAGGED BEAR by Brigitte Weninger
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Deceptively simple, deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-7)"
 Ragged Bear is ``old and worn, ragged and torn,'' but he is a forgiving soul. Read full book review >
ABBY by Wolfram Hänel
by Wolfram Hänel, illustrated by Alan Marks, translated by Rosemary Lanning
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"The watercolor-and-ink illustrations match the mood, introducing humor that's especially welcome during the sorrowful parts. (Fiction. 7-9)"
 Abby ($13.95; PLB $13.88; Oct. 15, 1996; 1-55858-648-2; PLB 1-55858-649-0): Moira lives on an island off the coast of Ireland with her family and her dog, Abby. Read full book review >
DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
 A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >
THE THIEF'S DAUGHTER by Alan Marks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"The ink-and-watercolor illustrations look suitably long- ago-and-far-away, with Magpie as a perpetually windblown waif. (Fiction. 6-9)"
 Known as the illustrator of Paton Walsh's Birdy and the Ghosties, Marks pens his own easy-to-read fantasy, a rather muddled tale of an honest man disgraced and discharged from his court post when he is suspected of theft. Read full book review >