My Books


Superhero Instruction Manual

By Kristy Dempsey

Illustrated by Mark Fearing

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016

Buy it on Amazon

Barnes & Noble

or get it locally!


Dilly Dally Daisy

Released 2015 by Dial Books

The greatest picture ever created about Dilly Dallying. Because most of the other ones were never finished.


Tommy Can’t Stop

Released April, 2015. Written by Tim Federle. Illustrated by Mark Fearing. Available from Disney-Hyperion Publishing.

Order it from Barnes & Noble! Get an extra copy – or three – for gift giving!

Broadway veteran and middle-grade novelist Federle has good fun with language and similes in his picture-book debut. His little tapper is a strong and sturdy boy who finds the perfect outlet for his volcanic energy. Fearing’s full-bleed artwork is full of motion, with his Tommy sporting a mop of blond hair and googly eyes. An animated line of dashes that flits around the apartment allows readers to truly appreciate Tommy’s energy spurts. An enjoyable performance for both the boisterous and the calm. (Picture book. 4-7)—Kirkus


The Great Thanksgiving Escape will be released in September of 2014 by Candlewick Press. Consider buying a copy for every holiday!

Fearing’s first solo picture book, based on his memories of Thanksgivings past, is a hoot for all ages. Kids will identify, and parents will reminisce. The digitally manipulated colored-pencil illustrations from a kid’s-eye view layer the humor on an exaggeratedly goofy text.


Order The Great Thanksgiving Escape from Barnes & Noble by clicking here.


Released in July of 2013, A Very Witchy Spelling Bee is written by George Shannon and Illustrated by Marko Fearingo. Read it, buy it. See the movie.

Buy it at Barnes & Noble!

And look for it at Powells.

And here is an early review.

How Martha Saved her Parents from Green Beans

Dial Books

Author: David LaRochelle. Illustrator: Mark Fearing. Released in April of 2013.

My early review: “Fantastic! I’ve never read or seen a better book about green beans.”

Here’s a review in the Minneapolis Star Tribune from June, 2013.

And another review about Martha and those troublesome green beans!

Earthling! Chronicle Books. July 2012

Earthling is named the winner in the Spirit of Oregon Book awards for graphic novel!

Earthling! is a graphic novel I wrote and drew. It’s 250 pages of Sci-fi, all ages, funky-alien fun.

It took a few years but the book is done, and will be released from Chronicle Books in July of 2012. You can read the first two chapters on the Chronicle Books Website! Just click here.

You can order a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Powell’c city of books. Why stop with just one? Order a few.

“By the time Fearing brings “Earthling!” in for its landing, with a bit of L. Frank Baum flourish, the entertainment experience feels remarkably complete: good art, good design, good inking, tight story. “

David Kamp- The New York Times

“A high-octane space adventure starring a lovable hero kids will quickly relate to. Earthling! is the perfect book for young readers!”
—Jarrett J. Krosoczka, creator of the bestselling Lunch Lady series

Here’s an Earthling! review from August 2012 at

The Book That Eats People

Tricycle Press/Random House

The 2011-2012 Picture Book of the Year in North Carolina!

Author: John Perry. Illustrated by: Mark Fearing

From an Amazon Review: “What a great book! My daughter had me read
it to her so many times she has it memorized.”

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

Schwartz and Wade Books/ Random House

Author: Margaret McNamara. Illustrated by: Mark Fearing

Review excerpt from Amazon: “Young Readers and space enthusiasts…will enjoy this fun romp through our solar system. The text is quite clever and the illustrations are a riot.”

So You Want To Catch Bigfoot

Candlewick Press

Author: Jamie Michalak. Illustrated by: Mark Fearing

A tie in book to the Judy Moody universe. Related to the feature film released in 2011.


OPP Press

Written and drawn by: Mark Fearing

A comic book published by OPP in 2004. It was a small press release and is hard to find.

Review excerpt from Ain’t It Cool News; “Fans of Sergio Aragones’ Groo the Wanderer will be pleased with this one…
I found myself laughing out loud at the cavemen who talk as if they were living in modern times.”



An ebook available only on Apple’s iBookstore.

26 pages.

Heavily Illustrated. All ages friendly.

A young boy becomes best friends with a headless creature that endears itself to no one else and causes mayhem. But sometimes it is the oddest events that allow for new insights. Striking pen and ink style illustrations set a gothic tone for a fairytale style story reminiscent of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton.

A joyously dark tale told in verse with striking pen and ink style illustrations. A friend with no head is better than no friend at all.


The Boy Who Was Swallowed By A Tiger

An ebook available only on Apple’s iBookstore.

22 Pages. All ages friendly.

A gothic tale reminiscient of the works of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton. Accompanied by striking pen and ink style illustrations. 22 pages.

A young boy dares to meander in the jungle and is swallowed by a tiger! But his life does not develop as you might suppose. Told in prose with a folktale feel the story is accented by lively pen and ink style illustrations.

Cave Bear and Duck iPad Read Along comic book

This is no longer available from the App Store. Sorry!

Good Dog Publishing

Where’s There’s Smoke, There’s Marshmellows.

iPad ‘read along’ comic.

Written and drawn by: Mark Fearing

Featuring music and sound effects. The character  voices
were done by Tom Kenny. (The voice of Spongebob!)

Review from the iTunes store: “Simple but elegant interface with lovely characters.”

14 Responses to My Books

  1. Lolly says:

    Hi Mark, my brother has fallen in love with an earlier illustration of yours called “Volcano Man”, and was wondering if there is a book with a story to accompany it? Thank you, Lolly x

    • mfearing says:

      I’m always happy to hear when someone responds to a piece. There is a story. I’ve revised it several times over the past 4 years. It’s a bit of a hybrid, part story book, part fairy tale and I’ve been told, totally unpublishable in this day and age. It’s not a picture book and the current market for picture books is fairly conservative and there is a modern expectation for what an illustrated book for kids will be like. I understand that and I do realize that Volcano Man is a throw back in some ways to a more traditional fairy tale or adventure story. I’ve thought about putting it online. I have perhaps half the art work in sketch form and 2 or 3 development pieces for it. I’ll post some on this blog in the future.

  2. Anna says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading to the students at BTES today. Their teacher said they talked about it the rest of the day. Not many people would have done what you have for our students. Can’t wait until July when we can order Earthling! Thanks once again, you are a celeb at our school:)

  3. Nicole says:

    Hi Mark,
    I’m a children’s librarian in Bermuda and I’ve just stumbled onto your great blog. I thought you’d be interested to know that one of our young patrons checked out “The Book That Eats People” recently, and then came back with his mother to return it to us the very next day. She explained that he was (rightly of course!) concerned for his little sister and made sure to stack it underneath several very heavy books to prevent it from snacking on any family members in the night 🙂 Your book definitely made an impression (though thankfully not teeth impressions!) on him 🙂

    • mfearing says:

      It’s nice to hear that the little boy was so concerned for his sister! I know it can be a bit scary for some kids, but they also seem to really enjoy it. John Perry is the wonderful author of that book and I enjoyed illustrating every funky page of it. Thanks so much for dropping me a note!

  4. Nicole says:

    We’ve got a lot of kids that enjoy it immensely as well. But I think it’s something for a kid to have a visceral response to a book like that – it means it’s really hitting the right notes in his imagination. I have no doubt that with an imagination that vivid that one day he’ll be writing his own stories 🙂

  5. mfearing says:

    I agree. I think for most kids the response is one of “What if…”. And that is a very powerful thought process. That book acts as a jumping off point for a child. They have to make some decisions about how serious the story is. And it promotes not only creative thinking but constructive thinking. Some classic dialectic that would make Socrates proud. IF this book is really able to eat people…And I think they pretty quickly arrive that it is not possible, but it’s FUN to pretend!

  6. Shannon says:

    My 8-year old son stumbled upon “Earthlings” at our public library yesterday afternoon. He started reading the book while waiting for his soccer practice to start, picked it up again after dinner and continued to read until bedtime. I woke this morning to find him completing the last few pages! He has never been captivated by a book like he was this one. (It is typically a struggle to have him complete his 30 minutes of required reading for school each night.) I told him how proud I was that he had done so much reading on his own, he replied “I surprised myself, Mom.”
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your wonderful work. It really captured him. More, please!!!

  7. Jenny Hansen says:

    At my elementary school your book Earthlings is always flying off the shelves and everyone loves it! We are all curious if there is a sequel to this great graphic novel.

    • mfearing says:

      Jenny, thanks for the kind words! There may be a sequel, someday, but not soon. However I am getting ready to post some short stories (short graphic novel style) with Bud and Gore and Cosmos Academy on my website and blog ETC. I’ll talk about that once I finish them!

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