Mark Teague


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San Diego, The United States
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Mark Teague has delighted young readers with more than 20 picture books, and he has written many of them himself, including the popular Pigsty, Baby Tamer, and One Halloween Night. He is also the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant's beloved Poppleton series for beginning readers and the best-selling books by Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon.

Mark Teague's life changed when he moved from San Diego to New York City and he planted the seed for his first picture book, The Trouble with the Johnsons. Each of Teague's books start as "notebooks full of sketches and scribbles, strange little drawings and phrases that suddenly come together," Teague explains. And although he had no formal writing training, his e
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“On Halloween, Wendell, Floyd, and Mona were walking home from school when a black cat crossed their path.
“Don’t pet it, Floyd!” cried Wendell. “Don’t you know that black cats are bad luck?”
“That’s just an old wives’ tale,” Mona said. “Besides, what could happen?”
Wendell merely shook his head. “Anything can happen on Halloween.”
In fact, something did happen as soon as they got home. First, Wendell discovered that his mad scientist costume had turned pink in the wash.
This is definitely a bad sign, he thought.
Then Floyd found out that he had to take his sister, Alice, trick-or-treating with him. “Pirates don’t have little sisters,” he complained.
Worst of all, Mona’s mother insisted that she go out dressed as a fairy princess. “I look ridiculous,” Mona protested.
“Nonsense,” said her mother, and handed her a magic wand.
They all felt gloomy that evening as they set out trick-or-treating and hoped that no one they knew would see them.”
Mark Teague, One Halloween Night

“On Halloween, Wendell, Floyd, and Mona were walking home from school when a black cat crossed their path.
“Don’t pet it, Floyd!” cried Wendell. “Don’t you know that black cats are bad luck?”
“That’s just an old wives’ tale,” Mona said. “Besides, what could happen?”
Wendell merely shook his head. “Anything can happen on Halloween.”
Mark Teague, One Halloween Night

“They all felt gloomy that evening as they set out trick-or-treating and hoped that no one they knew would see them.
But their troubles were far from over. At some houses, they were surprised with tricks instead of treats.
At other houses, the treats were weird, or awful. Soon their bags were full of candy with names like “Broccoli Chews,” “Sweet ‘n’ Sauerkraut,” and “Eggplant Fizzlers.”
“I can’t believe this is happening,” Wendell grumbled.
At that moment a screech of laughter came from down the block. Floyd peered through his spyglass and groaned. “It’s Leona Fleebish and her nasty friends.”
“Not them!” Mona squeaked. “They’re the worst!”
“We’d better run for it!” cried Wendell.
Floyd led them down a hidden path through the woods behind the old Dreedle House. But soon Leona’s jeering voice rang out: “We see you! You can’t hide!”
The chase was on!”
Mark Teague, One Halloween Night

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