Books by Mark Oliver

BUGGING OUT by John Kloepfer
Released: April 24, 2018

"As Freddie aptly puts it: 'It was gross, but it was also pretty cool.' (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A newly formed alliance of monster keepers tackles a plague of designer bugzillas in this ichor-splashed sequel to Monsters Unleashed (2017). Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"Gives 3-D printing a whole new dimension (just add water). (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A New Mexico middle schooler's incautious use of a mysterious new art-room printer sets off a plague of bad-tempered monsters in this riotous series opener. Read full book review >
ROBOT DOG by Mark Oliver
by Mark Oliver, illustrated by Mark Oliver
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Twee tale of damaged mechanical doggies finding their bliss—or satirical religious allegory? This import reads either way with equal ease. Punched out on an assembly line, #2304 is so eager to have an owner—" . . . because all dogs, even robot dogs, want an owner"—that he leaps up prematurely, and breaks an ear. Instantly dubbed "Scrap," he's tossed down a chute to a junkyard, where he meets a happy assortment of other reject metal puppies who decide that if they can't get an owner the usual way, they'll make one of their own. All rounded edges, rivets and squared-off heads, Oliver's painted pups, including Scrap, on the cover in a plastic-covered, die-cut frame, are super cute—as is the awkward new "owner," cobbled together from miscellaneous broken toys, appliances and a small golden heart, who "played with them and loved them and cared for them." Like Chris Raschka's Arlene Sardine (1998), the meaning here definitely depends on the reader. (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >