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About the Author

Mercer Mayer was born December 30, 1943 in Little Rock Arkansas. While attending school at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Mayer decided to enter the field of children's book illustration. He created a portfolio of sketches and peddled them wherever he could. He moved to New York City in 1964, pursuing show more further instruction at the Art Students League of New York, where he met an artist named Marianna who became his first wife. He soon created a new portfolio and with these new sketches persuaded editors at Dial Press and Harper & Row to give him some illustration work. Mayer published his first book, A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog, at Dial Press in 1967. It was notable for being a completely wordless picture book one that tells its story entirely with pictures. Mayer was one of the first illustrators to be credited for using this format. Five more books in this series were to follow. Mayer joined Golden Publishing, creators of Little Golden Books, in 1976. Through them he has sold his "Little Critter" and "Little Monster" series, which are popular with beginning readers. His title Just Me and My Dad made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. In 2015, his title Little Critter: Just a Little Love, also made the list. His holiday book, Merry Christmas Mom and Dad, is also a bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Mercer Mayer

Just Me and My Dad (1977) 3,371 copies
All by Myself (1983) 2,541 copies
Just Me and My Mom (1990) 2,400 copies
The New Baby (Little Critter) (1983) 2,215 copies
Just Going to the Dentist (1990) 2,172 copies
Just Grandma and Me (1983) 2,124 copies
When I Get Bigger (1999) 2,012 copies
Just a Mess (1987) 1,715 copies
Just My Friend & Me (1988) 1,542 copies
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad (1982) 1,493 copies
Just Me and My Puppy (1985) 1,490 copies
Happy Easter, Little Critter (1988) 1,488 copies
Just Grandpa and Me (1985) 1,338 copies
What Do You Do With A Kangaroo? (1975) 1,238 copies
Just Me in the Tub (1994) 1,223 copies
Just Shopping with Mom (1997) 1,168 copies
The Best Teacher Ever (2008) 1,042 copies
Going to the Sea Park (2009) 1,020 copies
What a Bad Dream (1992) 922 copies
Just Lost! (1994) 877 copies
Just Me and My Babysitter (1986) 874 copies
The Fall Festival (2009) 869 copies
Just a Snowman (2004) 854 copies
A Very Special Critter (1993) 757 copies
Just a Daydream (Look-Look) (1989) 697 copies
I'm Sorry (1995) 671 copies
Just Critters Who Care (2010) 621 copies
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog (1967) 615 copies
Just Me and My Cousin (1992) 526 copies
This Is My Family (1993) 519 copies
Just Helping My Dad (2011) 466 copies
Baby Sister Says No (1987) 454 copies
Just a Little Sick (2009) 451 copies
The New Potty (Little Critter) (Look-Look) (1992) — Author — 445 copies
It's Earth Day! (2008) 434 copies
Just a Thunderstorm (1993) 428 copies
Just Me and My Little Sister (1986) 424 copies
Just a Bully (1999) 418 copies
When I Grow Up (1999) 414 copies
Bubble Bubble (1973) 400 copies
Little Critter's Joke Book (1993) 395 copies
Just a School Project (2004) 387 copies
Just Saving My Money (2010) 383 copies
The Lost Dinosaur Bone (2007) 382 copies
The Little Drummer Mouse (2006) 364 copies
Just Say Please (1993) 362 copies
Just So Thankful (2006) 360 copies
Frog Goes to Dinner (1974) 356 copies
Little Critter at Scout Camp (1991) 355 copies
Little Monster at School (1978) 352 copies
Grandma, Grandpa, and Me (2007) 334 copies
Just a Teacher's Pet (2015) 332 copies
That's Not Fair (1993) 322 copies
Frog, Where Are You? (1969) 317 copies
Just a Nap (1989) 314 copies
Frog on His Own (1973) 313 copies
Just a Rainy Day (1990) 309 copies
Just Like Dad (1998) 304 copies
Just a Toy (1971) 303 copies
Just a Bad Day (1995) 284 copies
Just a Little Different (1995) 281 copies
Good for Me and You (2004) 279 copies
Just a Little Music (2009) 278 copies
One Frog Too Many (1975) 278 copies
My Trip to the Hospital (2005) 278 copies
One Monster After Another (1974) 277 copies
Just a Special Day (2014) 276 copies
Little Critter Sleeps Over (1999) 275 copies
Little Critter's Bedtime Storybook (1800) — Author — 268 copies
Bye-Bye, Mom and Dad (2004) 266 copies
What a Good Kitty (2012) 265 copies
Just a Day at the Pond (2008) 257 copies
I Am Sharing (1992) 251 copies
I Am Helping (1992) 251 copies
Just an Adventure at Sea (2017) 250 copies
Just a Baby Bird (2016) 226 copies
Just a Piggy Bank (2001) 223 copies
Just a Kite (2014) 212 copies
The Best Show & Share (2011) 206 copies
Just a Little Too Little (2012) 202 copies
Just Pick Us, Please! (2017) 199 copies
Hiccup (Body Functions) (1659) 193 copies
Little Critter's The Trip (1988) 192 copies
Just Camping Out (1989) 189 copies
Taking Care of Mom (1750) 174 copies
Just a Little Luck (2011) 170 copies
Being Thankful (2014) 165 copies
This Is My Body (1993) 163 copies
At the Beach with Dad (1998) 159 copies
Just a Snowy Vacation (2001) 156 copies
Just Big Enough (2004) 155 copies
Little Monster At Home (1978) 154 copies
Me and My Flying Machine (1971) 153 copies
It's Easter, Little Critter! (2007) 151 copies
Little Critter's the Picnic (1988) 149 copies
The Bravest Knight (1968) 148 copies
Just a Special Thanksgiving (2015) 141 copies
Just One More Pet (2013) 140 copies
Just a Gum Wrapper (1993) 137 copies
The School Play (1995) 133 copies
You're the Scaredy-Cat (1974) 132 copies
The Wizard Comes to Town (1973) 131 copies
Herbert the Timid Dragon (1600) 126 copies
Just a New Neighbor (1999) 125 copies
Little Critter Numbers (1995) 125 copies
Little Critter shapes (1992) 124 copies
Just a Secret (2001) 119 copies
Bat Child's Haunted House (1983) 115 copies
Just a Baseball Game (2003) 113 copies
Boy, Was I Mad! (1969) — Illustrator — 112 copies
My Trip to the Zoo (2002) 112 copies
Play Ball (2002) 112 copies
Little Critter ABCs (1993) 109 copies
Just a Snowy Day (1998) 108 copies
No One Can Play (2002) 108 copies
You Go First (2013) 105 copies
Sleeping Beauty (1984) 102 copies
Little Monster Neighborhood (1978) 98 copies
Shibumi and the Kitemaker (1999) 97 copies
Helping Mom (2002) 92 copies
The Loose Tooth (2000) (1995) 91 copies
Snow Day (1800) 91 copies
Our Park (2000) 91 copies
A Silly Story (1972) 90 copies
Our Friend Sam (2002) 89 copies
A Yummy Lunch (2002) 89 copies
Ah-Choo (1976) 85 copies
Show and Tell (2002) 82 copies
Little Monsters Word Book (1977) 81 copies
The Mixed-Up Morning (2002) 80 copies
My Trip to the Farm (2002) 77 copies
Country Fair (2002) 75 copies
If I Had a Gorilla (1968) 71 copies
Field Day (2002) 67 copies
A Day at Camp (2002) 62 copies
Happy Father's Day! (2007) 62 copies
The New Fire Truck (1698) 57 copies
Surprise! (2002) 55 copies
Too Many Dinosaurs (2011) 54 copies
We Are Moving (2012) 52 copies
Where is my frog? (1991) 50 copies
Favorite Tales from Grimm (1982) — Illustrator — 49 copies
Grandma's Garden (2002) 49 copies
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1987) 48 copies
I Didn't Mean To (1995) 47 copies
Doctor Critter (1987) 45 copies
Tiger's Birthday (2002) 44 copies
Class Trip (1997) 44 copies
Meltdown (Mindwarp 10) (1999) 43 copies
Little Monster at Work (1852) 43 copies
Oops (1869) 43 copies
Goodnight, Little Critter (2002) 42 copies
Play It Safe (1800) 42 copies
Just Too Little (1993) 42 copies
I Was So Sick (1600) 41 copies
Octopus Soup (2011) 38 copies
Our Tree House (2002) 38 copies
I Am Hiding (1992) 37 copies
A Christmas Carol (1986) 37 copies
New Kid in Town (2002) 34 copies
A Special Trick (1970) 34 copies
Liverwurst Is Missing (1981) 34 copies
Astronaut Critter (1986) 33 copies
Rosie's Mouse (1992) 32 copies
Appelard and Liverwurst (1978) 31 copies
The Little Christmas Tree (2003) 28 copies
Harvest Time (1999) 28 copies
Feelings and Manners (2002) 25 copies
Going To The Races (1993) 25 copies
The Prince (1995) 22 copies
Little Critter's Day (1990) 21 copies
Skating Day (2004) 20 copies
Four Frogs in a Box (1976) 20 copies
LITTLE CRITTER (2019) 18 copies
I Didn't Know That (1995) 15 copies
Christmas for Miss Kitty (2003) 15 copies
Whinnie The Lovesick Dragon (1986) 15 copies
Walk, Robot, Walk (1974) 14 copies
Just a Dump Truck (2004) 14 copies
Two moral tales (1974) 12 copies
Just My Camera and Me (1998) 10 copies
Spectrum Phonics, Grade K (2000) 10 copies
Mine! (1970) 10 copies
A Poison Tree and Other Poems (1977) — Illustrator — 9 copies
Tinka Bakes a Cake (1984) 9 copies
Tuk Takes a Trip (1984) 9 copies
Just a Tugboat (2004) 9 copies
Teep and Beep Go to Sleep (1984) 8 copies
Tink Goes Fishing (1984) 7 copies
Spectrum Reading, Grade K (2000) 4 copies
I am a Hunter (1969) 4 copies
Just Like Dad 3 copies
Malcom's Race (1983) 3 copies
Spectrum Phonics, Grade 2 (2000) 3 copies
Math, Grade K (Spectrum) (2000) 2 copies
It's My Birthday! (2005) 2 copies
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog [1981 film] (2004) — Author — 2 copies
If I Had... 1 copy
Casse-Cou l'astronaute (1988) 1 copy
J'ai oublie 1 copy
Hiccups (1978) 1 copy
Dette er vennen min (1991) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Great Brain (1967) — Illustrator, some editions — 2,786 copies
More Adventures of the Great Brain (1969) — Illustrator — 1,090 copies
Me and My Little Brain (1971) — Illustrator, some editions — 944 copies
The Figure in the Shadows (1975) — Illustrator, some editions — 801 copies
The Great Brain at the Academy (Great Brain #4) (1972) — Illustrator, some editions — 800 copies
The Great Brain Reforms (1973) — Illustrator, some editions; Illustrator, some editions — 695 copies
The Great Brain Does It Again (1950) — Illustrator, some editions — 638 copies
The Return of the Great Brain (1974) — Illustrator — 531 copies
Beauty and the Beast (1978) — Illustrator — 520 copies
Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like (1976) — Illustrator — 311 copies
My Teacher is a Vampire (1994) — Creator — 86 copies
The Mummy's Curse (1994) — Creator — 81 copies
The Pizza War (1995) — Creator — 68 copies
Top Dog (Lc and the Critter Kids) (1994) — Creator — 66 copies
The Cat's Meow (Lc the Critter Kids) (1994) — Creator — 63 copies
The E-Mail Mystery (Lc and the Critter Kids) (1995) — Creator — 59 copies
The Purple Kiss (1994) — Creator — 52 copies
Mystery at Big Horn Ranch (1995) — Creator — 50 copies
Outside My Window (1968) — Illustrator — 45 copies
LC and The Critter Kids: The Alien (1995) — Creator — 45 copies
Octopus Island An Adventure Under the Sea (1995) — Creator — 43 copies
Images of Beauty (1804) — Illustrator, some editions — 42 copies
Surf's Up (Mercer Mayer's LC & the Critter Kids) (1994) — Creator — 39 copies
The Swamp Thing (1995) — Creator — 37 copies
Paws and Claws (Beginner Books(R)) (2001) — Creator — 36 copies
Jaguar's Paw (1995) — Creator — 33 copies
Golden Eagle (1874) — Creator — 30 copies
Zombies Don't Do Windows (Critters of the Night) (1996) — Creator — 30 copies
Werewolves for Lunch (1996) — Creator — 30 copies
The Reward Worth Having (1977) — Illustrator — 27 copies
Haunted House (Lc and the Critter Kids) (1986) — Creator — 26 copies
Kim Ann and the Yellow Machine (1972) — Illustrator — 22 copies
While the Horses Galloped to London (1973) — Illustrator — 20 copies
The Bird of Time (1971) — Illustrator — 19 copies
Backstage Pass (School Time Readers , No 6) (1995) — Creator — 17 copies
Mummy Pancakes (1997) — Creator — 11 copies
Let Me Fall Before I Fly (1971) — Illustrator — 8 copies
Amanda, Dreaming (1973) — Illustrator — 6 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 7, March 1977 (1977) — Contributor — 4 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 9, May 1977 (1977) — Contributor — 2 copies
The Great Brain (8 Book Series) — Illustrator — 1 copy
Adventures of the Great Brain Boxed Set — Illustrator — 1 copy

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Works
471
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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