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It Ate My Sister (and other family stories)

 Like many siblings, Mark and his older sister Ellen don't get along. She tortures him, calls him names and regularly locks him out of the bathroom.

Mark decides to take revenge…

From bullies and wild snakes to exploding turkeys and a mysterious "Running Head," these are stories that will make you smile, laugh, and occasionally spook you out.

“If this is true, then I’m still alive!”-Frank Zappa

Seven complete stories, and a full-length novel.

It was a dark and stormy night…

Spooky Comedy!

Vampires… Corpses… Mangled Harry Potter…

TV Deprogrammer — a modern fable
It Ate My Sister — autobiographical
Hairy Fingers — a classic… with a twist
Old Scratch Nickels — modern revenge
The Monkey’s Paw — montypythonesque
Death of Harry Potter — infamous!
Haunted Playground — autobiographical
Sarah’s Stake – a girl and her vampire

Some violence and gruesome detail. Parental guidance: If the cover bothers you, don't buy it. .
Recorded live!

60 minutes. Perfect for keeping the peace on car rides...
Recorded live at Knotty Oak and Horrible Mann

A Hanukkah Present — Book, eBook & Audio

Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature

In Chelm, the village of wise fools, Chanukah is never quite normal.

  • What Shlemiel invented the Chanukah Present?
  • You think you have it bad? Try telling your wife she makes “The Lethal Latkes!”
  • Or maybe you want to win your bride with “The Spin of a Dreidle” And what’s with “A Chanukah Bush?”

“Lethal Latkes,” by the way, is not a murder mystery. It concerns some awful-tasting latkes (potato pancakes) and what you might call another Hanukkah miracle: love.”
—New York Times

A Hanukkah Present includes eleven stories and a novella.
Audio: Winner of Storytelling World Storytelling Magazine Honor

“Listeners of all cultural backgrounds will be entertained by these tales.”

—School Library Journal

Humor and adventure, plus nice rhythm and pacing, make this a real gift, providing stories just right to read aloud each night while the candles burn down.

—Seattle JT News

“An entertaining CD that, like its title, will make a great Hanukkah present for Jewish children and their families.”
—AJL Newsletter

 

The Bed Time Story Book

36 Familiar favorites and illustrated classics that will enchant the whole family!

More than 60,000 Bed Time Story Books have been sold!

Ages 3-7 and parents/caregivers.

Mark Binder's best-selling collection of stories for young people (and their parents and caregivers)

Includes bonus essay, "Telling and Reading Stories with Children"

Turn bed time into fun family time! The Bed Time Story Book is a wonderfully original colection that will entertain the entire family.

"Accompanied by classic illustrations, the stories are retold in an exceptionally amusing style and perfect for reading aloud!"

These are the classic stories that you enjoyed as a child, and will want to share with your own children.

Makes a perfect gift.

Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions

Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions

An excellent primer for young readers… Classic stories retold with new energy and new tales that seem timeless

28 Stories for you and your family

Grades 1-3 and parents/caregivers.

Aesop and Anansi, Rapunzel, The Brave Little Tailor, Stone Soup, at Valley Forge and many more…

If you liked The Bed Time Story Book you’ll love, Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions. (You also will enjoy, Genies, Giants and a Walrus…)

These are stories children will enjoy reading by themselves, or with parents and caregivers. And the grown-ups will enjoy reading them, too. Includes dozens of evocative and humorous old-school and wood-block style illustrations.Award-winning children’s author, Mark Binder presents this collection of stories with the ear of a professional storyteller and the love of a parent reading to his family.

“…a gift for humor — both broad and subtle…”
- Publisher’s Weekly

“…author and storyteller Mark Binder is the spellbinder…”
- School Library Journal

Part of the best-selling “Bed Time Story Book” series, this collection starts with simple stories for early readers, and then allows youngsters to stretch their skills.

Bonus tips for reading-aloud at bed time!

An around-the world tour of Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia, including Tales of Animals, Ordinary and Extraordinary People, Kings and Fools, American Favorites and International Classics.

If you don’t know these stories, you’ll soon learn why so many of them are classics…

Author and storyteller Mark Binder reworks, revises and invents stories that feel fresh while maintaining a strong connection to the past.

Genies, Giants and a Walrus

Genies, Giants and a Walrus

Amazing Adventures and Terrific Tall Tales for older readers who are ready to sink their teeth into something fun.

Fun, Fantastic and Exciting

Boys, Girls and Parents will Love Reading Genies, Giants and a Walrus.

Thor… Scheherazade… Paul Bunyan… Clever Doris?

Enjoy discovering the original myths that inspired the videos. Find new stories to make you smile.

Magic and Myth, Tricksters and Theft Wits Win and Tales Triumph

Award-winning author and storyteller Mark Binder has collected some of his favorite adventures from across the globe and put them together in one collection for the entertainment of all.

Genies, Giants and a Walrus includes some of the world’s best adventure stories, selected and edited for the pleasure of voracious young readers. From Gilgamesh and the Arabian Nights to Norse Mythology and the American West, these are stories that both girls and boys will enjoy reading and rereading. is an excellent primer for young readers… Classic tales retold with new energy… New tales that seem timeless, and a few old favorites that preserve the flavor of years gone by.

Grades 3-6 and all lovers of stories.

Cinderella Spinderella

Cinderella Spinderella Book Cover

Winner of five international ebook awards!

Eleanor lives alone with her two stepsisters. Even though she's in a wheelchair, they make her sleep downstairs in the basement!

“It doesn’t matter how you look, what matters is who you are.”
— Fairy Godmother

 Cinderella Spinderella uses today’s technology to give a classic story a contemporary message of empowerment.

Mark Binder and Steve Mardo have created new classic.

Transmit Joy! Parents Choice Gold for Audio Storytelling

Transmit Joy - an awesome audio storybook (front cover)

Cavemen! Wolves! Bad Manners!
A troll, a candy store and… bunny rabbits? Ten stories of food, friends and adventure that you and your children will enjoy again and again.

“a master at spinning old tales and everyday events into storytelling gold.”
– 2016 Parents’ Choice Gold Medal for Audio Storytelling

Transmit Joy! is a 65 minute audio book for early learners, fans of stories, parents and teachers.

Educational and fun! • Excellent for Early Learners • Splendid for School Age • Perfect for car rides

The Zombie Cat

Witches, Tsunami, Toxic Chemicals and Tossed Cookies
-We didn't mean to get into trouble. The trouble always found us...-
This is a book about a bunch of ordinary kids who have extraordinary adventures. What happens when my friend Kovar brings his sister's cat from the dead? What happens when my cousin Adam finally goes boogie boarding? Was it really a good idea to take candy from the doorstep of the witch's house? And what about the inter-school game of capture the flag that we played with water guns?
Epic humor, horror and pungent stanks...
Written for young people and adults with a sense of humor, The Zombie Cat includes seven stories plus a full length chapter book (novella).
Mark Binder is the storytelling author of more than 20 books and audio books, including It Ate My Sister and It was a dark and stormy night... Much of his work is multigenerational for diverse audiences of listeners and readers. An internationally renowned performer, he tours the world sharing truths, telling lies and transmitting joy.

Fun, funny, disgusting and exciting!

Loki Ragnarok

The Viking Armageddon retold by the trickster

They broke into his home. They kidnapped his children. Left his wife bound and gagged on the floor, where she choked and died. He had once helped them, been their friend and blood brother. The story of Loki echoes the cycles of violence and revenge playing out across our world. Told with a blend of poetry and prose, humor and horror, it offers no solution — but a glimmer, perhaps of understanding and compassion.

LOKI RAGNAROK is the Viking Armageddon retold by the trickster. In the shadow of prophecy, a family is torn asunder, leading to betrayal, torture, madness and revenge.

It begins with Loki, chained to a rock, listening for the trumpet that will announce the end of the world. Loki tells his side of the story.

“For nearly a thousand years, the tale of Ragnarok – the Norse myth of Apocalypse – has painted Loki as a Satan-like evil. With a fast-paced blend of prose and poetry, award-winning author Mark Binder offers an epic revision of the Eddas with modern resonance.”
– Duval, Between Myth, Lies, and History

On the eve of battle
is the time to tell tales,
sing ballads, glorious stories,
remembering, reliving, reveling
in all that has been.
Tomorrow all ends in blood.

– Loki

What drives homicidal madness?

On the brink of Apocalypse, why would anyone kindle utter destruction?

Pop culture relies on heroes to save the day. Their choreographed fights are entertaining. We will be safe.

Loki Ragnarok gives a horrific villain a voice with measures of rage, humor and compassion.

“Mark Binder has a knack for blending ancient mythology with modern storytelling techniques to create a vibrant and contemporary tale.”

Available in Hardcover and Audio Book. 

The Zombie Cat – Dyslexie Font Edition

A book for people who hate reading (and those who like it!)

Even if you have a hard time reading, you'll have a great time with the Dyslexie Font edition of The Zombie Cat!

Witches, Tsunami, Toxic Chemicals and Tossed Cookies 

-We didn't mean to get into trouble. The trouble always found us...-

This is a book about a bunch of ordinary kids who have extraordinary adventures. What happens when my friend Kovar brings his sister's cat from the dead? What happens when my cousin Adam finally goes boogie boarding? Was it really a good idea to take candy from the doorstep of the witch's house? And what about the inter-school game of capture the flag that we played with water guns?

Epic humor, horror and pungent stanks...

Written for young people and adults with a sense of humor, The Zombie Cat includes seven stories plus a full length chapter book (novella).

Mark Binder is the storytelling author of more than 20 books and audio books, including It Ate My Sister and It was a dark and stormy night... Much of his work is multigenerational for diverse audiences of listeners and readers. An internationally renowned performer, he tours the world sharing truths, telling lies and transmitting joy.

Fun, funny, disgusting and exciting!