Mike Thaler
Magic Boy Penny Pencil
Biography

Mike Thaler, Born Oct. 8, 1936 in Los Angeles, started his professional career drawing cartoons for adults.   A children's book editor saw  one of his cartoon stories in a national magazine and encouraged Mike to try writing for children.  His first attempt met with success, and "The Magic Boy" was published in 1961, followed by "Penny Pencil." Both were illustrated by Mike.

Mike has produced over 200 published books for children and is known as "America's Riddle King."  He has also been called "The Court Jester of Children's Literature."


Black Lagoon Bully Brothers Cinderella Bigfoot Preacher Creature

Mike has produced many well known and loved characters in children's literature.  He was the creator of "The Letterman" for the PBS Electric Company series.

Elementary teachers read about Mrs. Green from "The Teacher from the Black Lagoon," and the rest of the Lagoon faculty along with the creative talents of Jared Lee's humorous illustrating.  There are over 45 books in the Black Lagoon series published by Scholastic.

Bubba and Bumpo from "The Bully Brothers" books and some of his retold fairy tales like "Cinderella Bigfoot" have won numerous "Children's Choice" awards.

His Christian series, "Tales from the Back Pew" (10 book set/Zondervan), was released in January 2009.

Mike and Patty

Mike Thaler lives in West Lim, Oregon with his wife Patty.  He welcomes all invitations to speak at school programs, conferences, seminars, and churches.

Mike and Patty travel throughout the world helping children and teachers create their own stories, riddles, and books.  He writes and teaches with creativity, inspiring his audiences with a love of language.

Mike Thaler is considered one of the most creative forces in children's literature today.

Mike Holding Pencil
Mike and Jared
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