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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 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)
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Just Me and My Dad 2,708 copies, 33 reviews
All by Myself 1,967 copies, 33 reviews
Just Me and My Mom 1,911 copies, 27 reviews
There's a Nightmare in My Closet 1,907 copies, 64 reviews
I Just Forgot (A Little Critter Book) 1,812 copies, 38 reviews
Just Grandma and Me 1,714 copies, 23 reviews
The New Baby 1,696 copies, 23 reviews
When I Get Bigger 1,610 copies, 26 reviews
Just Going to the Dentist 1,603 copies, 19 reviews
Just a Mess 1,315 copies, 20 reviews
Me Too! (A Golden Look-Look Book) 1,270 copies, 17 reviews
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad 1,220 copies, 9 reviews
Just My Friend & Me 1,200 copies, 18 reviews
Just Me and My Puppy 1,175 copies, 11 reviews
Happy Easter, Little Critter 1,111 copies, 12 reviews
Just Grandpa and Me 1,072 copies, 2 reviews
There's an Alligator under My Bed 1,023 copies, 66 reviews
What Do You Do With A Kangaroo? 1,020 copies, 14 reviews
Just Me in the Tub 980 copies, 6 reviews
Just Shopping with Mom 939 copies, 12 reviews
What a Bad Dream 761 copies, 16 reviews
The Best Teacher Ever 732 copies, 10 reviews
There's Something in My Attic 730 copies, 44 reviews
Just Lost! 710 copies, 4 reviews
Just Me and My Babysitter 698 copies, 5 reviews
A Very Special Critter 632 copies, 9 reviews
Going to the Sea Park 602 copies, 4 reviews
Just a Daydream (Look-Look) 577 copies, 3 reviews
Just a Snowman 572 copies, 6 reviews
Trick or Treat, Little Critter 559 copies, 5 reviews
I'm Sorry 544 copies, 10 reviews
The Fall Festival 541 copies, 4 reviews
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog 526 copies, 21 reviews
Just Me and My Cousin 437 copies, 7 reviews
This Is My Family 416 copies, 7 reviews
Just Critters Who Care 395 copies, 4 reviews
Baby Sister Says No 375 copies, 4 reviews
Just Me and My Little Sister 374 copies, 4 reviews
Just a Thunderstorm 363 copies, 5 reviews
The New Potty (Author) 358 copies, 2 reviews
When I Grow Up 341 copies, 5 reviews
Just a Bully 339 copies, 6 reviews
It's Earth Day! 333 copies, 6 reviews
Little Critter's Joke Book 328 copies, 1 review
Bubble Bubble 326 copies, 2 reviews
Frog Goes to Dinner 313 copies, 23 reviews
Little Monster at School 297 copies, 4 reviews
Just Say Please 294 copies, 1 review
The Little Drummer Mouse 287 copies, 2 reviews
Little Critter at Scout Camp 287 copies, 3 reviews
Just a School Project 284 copies, 2 reviews
Just Helping My Dad 281 copies, 5 reviews
Just a Nap 281 copies, 2 reviews
Just a Rainy Day 280 copies, 1 review
Just a Little Sick 279 copies, 2 reviews
The Lost Dinosaur Bone 277 copies, 3 reviews
Frog, Where Are You? 269 copies, 8 reviews
It's mine 265 copies, 2 reviews
That's Not Fair 257 copies, 4 reviews
Frog on His Own 251 copies, 9 reviews
Just So Thankful 250 copies, 3 reviews
Just a Toy 246 copies, 5 reviews
Just Saving My Money 242 copies, 1 review
Grandma, Grandpa, and Me 241 copies, 7 reviews
One Monster After Another 239 copies, 4 reviews
One Frog Too Many 230 copies, 11 reviews
Just a Little Different 227 copies, 12 reviews
Just Like Dad 224 copies, 5 reviews
Little Critter Sleeps Over 222 copies, 2 reviews
My Trip to the Hospital 214 copies, 2 reviews
Bye-Bye, Mom and Dad 210 copies, 2 reviews
Just a Bad Day 210 copies, 4 reviews
Good for Me and You 209 copies, 1 review
Little Critter's Bedtime Storybook (Author) 202 copies, 1 review
Merry Christmas, Little Critter! 195 copies, 2 reviews
Just a Day at the Pond 192 copies, 2 reviews
What a Good Kitty 183 copies, 1 review
Just a Teacher's Pet 182 copies, 3 reviews
I Am Helping 171 copies, 1 review
There Are Monsters Everywhere 170 copies, 13 reviews
I Am Sharing 167 copies, 2 reviews
Just Camping Out 166 copies
Hiccup 165 copies, 1 review
Little Critter: Just a Big Storm 150 copies, 3 reviews
Little Critter's Christmas Book 150 copies, 1 review
The Best Show & Share 148 copies, 1 review
Just a Little Too Little 146 copies, 1 review
Little Monster's Bedtime Book 146 copies, 2 reviews
This Is My Body 143 copies, 2 reviews
Taking Care of Mom 142 copies, 3 reviews
A Monster Followed Me to School 141 copies, 2 reviews
At the Beach with Dad 141 copies, 1 review
The Bravest Knight 130 copies, 9 reviews
Just a Baby Bird 129 copies
Little Monster At Home 128 copies, 3 reviews
Little Monster's Counting Book 124 copies, 3 reviews
Little Critter's the Picnic 121 copies, 2 reviews
Just a Little Luck 120 copies, 1 review
Just Big Enough 115 copies, 4 reviews
Being Thankful 114 copies
You're the Scaredy-Cat 111 copies, 3 reviews
Little monster's alphabet book 110 copies, 3 reviews
Just a Kite 110 copies
Just a Gum Wrapper 108 copies, 5 reviews
Just a New Neighbor 103 copies, 1 review
Bat Child's Haunted House 102 copies, 1 review
It's Easter, Little Critter! 97 copies, 1 review
Sleeping Beauty 96 copies, 11 reviews
Just a Snowy Day 96 copies, 2 reviews
Just a Secret 94 copies, 2 reviews
The School Play 94 copies, 3 reviews
Just a Baseball Game 92 copies, 1 review
Little Critter Numbers 92 copies, 2 reviews
Just One More Pet 91 copies, 3 reviews
Shibumi and the Kitemaker 89 copies, 3 reviews
Little Monster Neighborhood 86 copies, 1 review
Play Ball 83 copies, 1 review
A Silly Story 82 copies, 6 reviews
Ah-Choo 79 copies, 4 reviews
No One Can Play 75 copies
The Loose Tooth (2000) 74 copies, 1 review
Beach Day 73 copies
You Go First 72 copies
Our Friend Sam 72 copies, 1 review
A Yummy Lunch 69 copies, 1 review
Helping Mom 68 copies, 2 reviews
Our Park 64 copies
The Mixed-Up Morning 60 copies, 1 review
Snow Day 60 copies
Show and Tell 59 copies, 1 review
How the Trollusk Got His Hat 56 copies, 1 review
Country Fair 56 copies
Little Critter's Play with Me 53 copies, 1 review
Adventures of Little Critter 52 copies, 1 review
Favorite Tales from Grimm (Illustrator) 50 copies
Field Day 49 copies
A Day at Camp 46 copies
Surprise! 46 copies, 1 review
The Pied Piper of Hamelin 46 copies, 6 reviews
We Are Moving 45 copies
Just Not Invited (Look-Look) 45 copies, 1 review
Happy Father's Day! 44 copies, 2 reviews
Too Many Dinosaurs 44 copies, 4 reviews
The New Fire Truck 44 copies, 1 review
Oops 41 copies, 1 review
Doctor Critter 40 copies, 1 review
Little Monster at Work 38 copies, 1 review
Where is my frog? 37 copies, 2 reviews
Play It Safe 35 copies, 1 review
Octopus Soup 35 copies, 5 reviews
I Was So Sick 34 copies, 1 review
Just Too Little 33 copies, 1 review
Liverwurst Is Missing 33 copies, 2 reviews
A Special Trick 30 copies
I Am Hiding 29 copies
I Didn't Mean To 29 copies, 2 reviews
Appelard and Liverwurst 29 copies, 3 reviews
Rosie's Mouse 28 copies, 1 review
Harvest Time 27 copies
Class Trip 26 copies, 1 review
New Kid in Town 25 copies
Our Tree House 24 copies, 1 review
A Christmas Carol 24 copies, 1 review
Going To The Races 20 copies, 1 review
Four Frogs in a Box 17 copies, 1 review
The Prince 16 copies
I Didn't Know That 14 copies, 2 reviews
Walk, Robot, Walk 14 copies, 1 review
Skating Day 13 copies
Two moral tales 11 copies
Tinka Bakes a Cake 9 copies, 1 review
Mine! 9 copies, 1 review
A Poison Tree and Other Poems (Illustrator) 8 copies, 3 reviews
Malcom's Race 3 copies
I am a Hunter 3 copies
Hiccup 1 copy
The Great Brain (Illustrator, some editions) 2,436 copies, 32 reviews
More Adventures of the Great Brain (Illustrator, some editions; Illustrator) 966 copies, 5 reviews
Me and My Little Brain (Illustrator, some editions) 838 copies, 5 reviews
The Figure in the Shadows (Illustrator, some editions) 735 copies, 16 reviews
The Great Brain at the Academy (Great Brain #4) (Illustrator, some editions) 732 copies, 8 reviews
The Great Brain Reforms (Illustrator, some editions; Illustrator, some editions) 636 copies, 3 reviews
The Great Brain Does It Again (Illustrator, some editions) 585 copies, 2 reviews
The Return of the Great Brain (Illustrator) 479 copies, 3 reviews
Beauty and the Beast (Illustrator) 461 copies, 22 reviews
Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like (Illustrator) 282 copies, 5 reviews
My Teacher is a Vampire (Creator) 71 copies, 1 review
The Mummy's Curse (Creator) 69 copies
The Pizza War (Creator) 57 copies
The E-Mail Mystery (Creator) 47 copies
Mystery at Big Horn Ranch (Creator) 43 copies
The Purple Kiss (Creator) 43 copies
Images of Beauty (Illustrator, some editions) 35 copies, 1 review
Outside My Window (Illustrator) 35 copies, 1 review
LC and The Critter Kids: The Alien (Creator) 33 copies, 1 review
The Swamp Thing (Creator) 31 copies
Jaguar's Paw (Creator) 26 copies
Werewolves for Lunch (Creator) 26 copies
Golden Eagle (Creator) 25 copies
The Reward Worth Having (Illustrator) 23 copies
While the Horses Galloped to London (Illustrator) 19 copies
Kim Ann and the Yellow Machine (Illustrator) 16 copies
The Bird of Time (Illustrator) 14 copies, 1 review
Mummy Pancakes (Creator) 10 copies, 1 review
Let Me Fall Before I Fly (Illustrator) 8 copies
Amanda, Dreaming (Illustrator) 4 copies
The Great Brain (8 Book Series) (Illustrator) 1 copy

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