As with all great discoveries, Mark Teague's eureka moment materialized from something seemingly unrelated when a move from San Diego to New York City planted the seed for his first picture book, The Trouble with the Johnsons. His debut earned him a feature in Publisher's Weekly as one of eleven prominent new authors of 1989 and secured his place among beloved children's authors.
Each of Teague's books starts as “notebooks full of sketches and scribbles, strange little drawings, and phrases that seem mostly cryptic that suddenly come together,” he explains. And though Teague developed his writing and painting talents without formal training, his boundless imagination has earned him a permanent place in the hearts of children.
His books tackle common childhood fears — imaginary monsters living in closets, being late for school, or meeting a new baby-sitter. Mark admits that his own daughter was pretty calm in comparison to the Eggmont children in Baby Tamer, but the idea for the book came from her. One Halloween Night sprung from his love for the holiday — the way a costume can give a person a whole new identity and how everything is transformed into something mysterious and spooky.
Teague has also collaborated with critically acclaimed authors Audrey Wood, Cynthia Rylant, and Jane Yolen. He has worked with Shana Corey on First Graders From Mars, a hilarious series that follows the trials and tribulations of kids on another planet. In the Poppleton series, Teague and Rylant bring to children stories about Poppleton the pig and his engaging community of friends. Teague has also worked with several other award-winning artists in Tales from Shakespeare. This text features the collection of ten Shakespearean stories, which are brought to life by illustrations by twelve acclaimed illustrators.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? is Teague's critically acclaimed collaboration with Jane Yolen. The book was named a New York Times, Publishers Weekly and BookSense bestseller. It also picked up numerous awards, including the Christopher Medal. The sequel, How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? was published to critical acclaim as well. Can you guess what it's about? The dinosaur children are in bed again — but this time it's with the flu! The critically acclaimed team of Yolen and Teague have again joined forces to bring the dinosaurs to life in two board books How do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? and How do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?
For his book, Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School, Teague tells the story of Ike, a dog who has been banished to the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy — which is a nightmarish experience, according to the letters that Ike writes to his owner. But is Ike telling the truth? What is obedience school really like? Using the clever illustrations as clues, readers get to make the final decision. It was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and received numerous other accolades. In the hilarious sequel, Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation, Ike finds himself in jail, unfairly accused of terrorizing Hibbins’ cats. To save himself, he once again pleads his case through letters to Mrs. LaRue.
Mark Teague currently lives in Coxsackie, New York, with his wife, Laura, and their two daughters, Lily and Ava.
to How Do Dinosaurs...?
32 pages; Ages 4-7
The Eggmont kids are every baby-sitter's worst nightmare. They are loud. They are clever. They are naughty. And they have more energy than a three-ring circus! To really impress their new baby-sitter, they are about to turn their house into the greatest show on earth! But Amanda Smeedy isn't like the other sitters. The Eggmont kids have never met with a baby tamer before...
The Flying Dragon Room
written by Audrey Wood
The Blue Sky Press / Scholastic
32 pages; Ages 4-9
Patrick doesn't know it, but his backyard is about to change. Because right now, in her Flying Dragon Room, Mrs. Jenkins is polishing up her set of magic tools. And with these tools and a little imagination, Patrick will be able to build anything - a world entirely his own, filled with bubble machines, sailing ships, friendly dinosaurs - every child's wildest dreams. Join Patrick as he takes his family on an unforgettable, fun-filled romp through a place where monsters become pets, and wild animals eat right out of your hand. Come one, come all, for the backyard surprise of your life!
The Doom Machine
The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic
ISBN 978-0-545-15142-9 HC
Ages 12 and up;
8” by 6”
With surprises around every corner, popular author Mark Teague takes readers on a funny, outrageous adventure when the small, sleepy town of Vern Hollow is invaded by a flying saucer filled with ridiculously inept aliens. When a spaceship lands in nearby Dutch Woods, juvenile delinquent Jack Creedle and prim A-student Isadora Shumway form an unexpected friendship. Jack’s uncle, Bud, a witty amateur inventor with unschooled Einstein abilities, has built a spacetravel machine, and a group of hilariously bizarre space aliens are here to steal it. Despite themselves, the Skreeps manage to capture and fly away with Jack, Isadora, and Uncle Bud—and three other ooman bings from Uurth. Come along on a wild space voyage as our unlikely heroes try to outwit an entertaining cast of aliens who are determined to conquer Planet Earth. Readers young and old will not be able to put this book down!
The Secret Shortcut
32 pages; Ages 5-up
Will Wendell and Floyd make it to school on time? Maybe, if they use the
32 pages; Ages 6-9
Wendell Fultz's room isn't a mess. It's a total pigsty. But even Wendell's own mother can't get him to clean it up. Wendell doesn't think the mess is so awful. In fact, he doesn't even mind it when one day he discovers a real pig sitting on his bed. Then more pigs show up, and the mess grows and grows. Wendell finds hoofprints on his comic books. And his baseball cards are all chewed. Living in a pigsty isn't much fun anymore. But Wendell's got a plan.
The Lost and Found
32 pages; Ages 5-8
What happens to lost toys and clothing after they disappear? Explore with Wendell, Floyd, and Mona, three adventurous friends, who search for a lucky hat in the mysterious hidden world of the lost and found!
Sweet Dream Pie
written by Audrey Wood
The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic
40 pages; Ages 4-9
Imagine a pie made of chocolate, jelly beans, licorice sticks, cookies, gumdrops, butterscotch, and every confection you love. It's Ma Brindle's incredibly delicious Sweet Dream Pie -- a dessert adventure you'll always remember, sure to give you dreams you never forget!
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One Halloween Night