Marcus Pfister was born in Bern, Switzerland. After studying at the Art School of Bern, he apprenticed as a graphic designer and worked in an advertising agency before becoming self-employed in 1984. His debut picture book, The Sleepy Owl, was published by NorthSouth Books in 1986, but his big breakthrough came six years later with The Rainbow Fish. Today Marcus has illustrated over fifty books, which have been translated into more than fifty languages and received countless international awards. He lives with his wife, Debora, and his children in Bern.
"Each page offers eye-catching creatures in various colors, shapes, and designs, which will keep the attention of young children." Children's Literature reviews Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea
PreS-K-It is difficult to understand what the creative impetus might have been for this picture book. There is little, if anything, that is new in the story line. Little Rainbow Fish is having difficulty falling asleep and wants his mother. He thinks of different scenarios in which he might get scared and asks if she will be there for him. Of course, she answers that she will protect and love him no matter what. Sounds familiar? The bright color illustrations of the fish are filled with familiar silvery scales that children are bound to enjoy. Overall, though, the book is nothing special.-Mary Cass Mabbot, Indianapolis Public Library, IN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.