Books by Marcus Pfister

WHAT A DAY... by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"A trendy experiment in narrative, clumsily done and unlikely to gain much traction except as a curiosity. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pfister swaps out words for signs—mostly big dots with happy, sad, or mad faces—in this tale of a trickster raven's ups and downs. Read full book review >
ANIMAL ABC by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Pfister has a following, so adults who recognize his name will likely be drawn to the (hologram-free) artwork. Others may want to choose from among the more classic animal ABCs. (Alphabet book. 4-6)"
Animal alphabet books abound, so it takes something special to make one stand out; this one doesn't have it. Read full book review >
YELLOW CAB by Marcus Pfister
by Marcus Pfister, illustrated by Marcus Pfister, translated by Rebecca Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Taxi-loving readers will be happy since the tiny, yellow car is the hero, but it is a title a little too easily won. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A taxicab on an everyday run suddenly finds himself in the middle of the rain forest, where it is up to him to save the ecosystem from destruction. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE RAINBOW FISH by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A formulaic, fishy nighttime read sure to please fans. (Picture book. 2-4)"
For his 20th anniversary, Rainbow Fish gets a bedtime story. Read full book review >
AVA'S POPPY by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Bury this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This trite and simplistic tale of friendship and the life cycle offers little that is new. Read full book review >
SNOW PUPPY by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This nicely captures a puppy's (or a child's) distractibility, and the Christmas tie-in adds the moral that Pfister's books never lack. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pfister gets into the head and heart of a puppy experiencing the wonders of his first snow, as well as the heartache of his first time being lost. Read full book review >
QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"In a world that so often emphasizes answers and solid facts, it is refreshing to see a text that encourages questioning, whether realistic or imaginative flights of fancy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a departure from his usual sparkly fare, Pfister's latest is a sweetly simple look at some very deep questions, allowing children the opportunity to delve into some of life's mysteries. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDLY MONSTERS by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Stick with Sesame Street's more lovable critters. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
In a pop-up album that provides a strong argument for attaching parental-advisory labels, happy monsters rear up over a hill, spring from closet and cellar and burst out from under the bed to assure a pair of timorous, pajama-clad children that they're not really scary. Read full book review >
BERTIE AT BEDTIME by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Gentle, sweet and endearing, but hardly unique. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bertie the Hippo wants Daddy to play. Read full book review >
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"In addressing one of childhood's basic insecurities, Pfister has produced an engaging work which children and adults will raptly appreciate 'just the way it is.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
Perhaps the animals should have decided on a costume party instead of a "come-as-you-are" soiree. Read full book review >
RAINBOW FISH AND THE BIG BLUE WHALE by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's almost painfully formulaic, but some children will never get enough of Rainbow Fish, who has now been promoted to ambassador of peace of the pelagic domain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pfister's winking do-gooder returns; Rainbow Fish and his pals find their krill-eating grounds mooched upon by a huge blue whale. Read full book review >
HOW LEO LEARNED TO BE KING by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1998

"Pfister creates the animals in his trademark wet-on-wet technique, but when the facial expressions are crucial, he brings in details and puts the message in focus. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A king is deposed, a lesson is learned, and a message is delivered, all in the pages of a quick-moving, intriguing tale of the jungle. Read full book review >
MILO AND THE MAGICAL STONES by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Pfister's message—about making wise ecological choices—home. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pfister (Hopper's Treetop Adventure, p. 226, etc.) begins this book with his trademark fly-in-the-ointment approach: A happy bunch of cherubic cliff mice inhabit an idyllic island, where all is wonderful until winter forces the mice into dank, dark caves. Read full book review >
HOPPER'S TREETOP ADVENTURE by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"The soft watercolors wash the whole event with angelic light. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A modest adventure involving an ambitious bunny, a tall tree, and some hazelnuts. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, SANTA CLAUS! by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"This is best served to Pfister's many fans, who won't see the framed picture of Rainbow Fish on the wall as a not-so-subtle piece of cross-promotion. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wake Up, Santa Claus! Read full book review >
RAINBOW FISH TO THE RESCUE! by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"This simple book, short and sweet, will be a hit with preschool students of ethics as well as fans of the first glittering book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sequel to Rainbow Fish (1992), this morality tale begins when Rainbow Fish and his new friends, all ensconced in flashing scales, won't let a striped fish without a flashing scale play with them. Read full book review >
PENGUIN PETE AND LITTLE TIM by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"The adorable illustrations are the only appealing thing about this dull, confused penguin tale. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-5)"
On this particular snowy day, Penguin Pete (Penguin Pete, not reviewed) takes his son, Tim, out for a walk. Read full book review >