Reviews and Notices

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At the Horror Writers Association website you can read a great interview with author Bonny Becker and I about our new picture book, The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael. 


Two of my books released by Candlewick Press are in the running for the 2019 Children's Choice Picture Book Award in Washington State! The list is an awesome selection of great books, honored to be on it at all. 


Giant Pants finds itself included on a list of exceptional picture books in this years Texas 2x2 list! This list is selected by the Texas Round Table, a unit of the Texas Library Association. A giant book for a giant state!


Books4YourKids blog has a giant review of  Giant Pants!

"...My students LOVED Fearing's brightly colorful illustrations, each of which is packed with details and humor. The pace of Giant Pants is perfect for read-out-loud..."


Kirkus has nice things to say about Giant Pants. Read their entire review by clicking here! "...The central joke in Fearing’s simple text will tickle toddlers as will the digitally created, bright, cartoon illustrations of the ginger-haired white giant failing miserably to protect his dignity while he acts like a toddler himself..."


Publishers Weekly reviewed Giant Pants and found lots to laugh about and enjoy!  "...Fearing (The Great Thanksgiving Escape) gives readers lots to laugh about..."

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Giant Pants has been called out as FUN STUFF for 2017 picture books by Parent's Choice. I agree. I think it's fun stuff too!


A great call-out and review of Chicken Story Time at The Small Protagonist. Awesome to hear from so many people how much they love reading this book to audiences.


A great review for Great Barbarians at Shelf Awareness. That is to say Great, Now We've Got Barbarians was reviewed and the barbarians behaved admirably. Here's a excerpt: 

"... The cartoonish barbarians, with their scruffy beards, horned helmets, scars and tattoos are like overgrown puppies, and just as threatening. Even dyed-in-the-wool slobs won't mind being on the receiving end of this fun cautionary tale."

--Emilie Coulter, freelance writer and editor


Barbarians were welcomed and reviewed at Kirkus. Needless to say Great, Now We've Got Barbarians was a hit and they said many nice things so the barbarians were pleased as punch. Or grog ... or whatever barbarians drink.

"This book may make the prospect of a barbarian invasion seem at least initially appealing, but adults will appreciate the message at its heart. Fearing’s cheeky style perfectly accompanies these grungy, Viking-helmeted, oddly endearing warriors ... "


The Winter 2016-2017 Kids' Indie Next List called Chicken Story Time a new story time classic!

"Will the librarian figure out how to bring calm back to the library? A fun – and noisy – new story time classic!"


August, 2016

Chicken Story Time was reviewed and the chickens at Kirkus loved it! And the people too.

“This book may make free-range storytimes de rigueur. (Picture book. 3-7)”


July 28th, 2015

Kirkus Likes to Dilly Dally

Kirkus calls out Dilly Dally Daisy! Let's hope she's not too busy to respond. "An ode to young daydreamers—and tempting distractions—everywhere."


December 2nd, 2014

The Minneapolis Star Tribune!

The Great Thanksgiving Escape was called out as an exceptional wintry picture book in The Star Tribune! It's another list filled with great books. Speaking for Gavin and Rhonda I can say we are honored to be included!


December 1st, 2014

The Horn Book!

The Horn Book called out the Great Thanksgiving Escape as a 2014 Holiday High Note! It's agreat honor to be on this list of amazing books. Thanksgiving is only once a year, but we're already counting down to the next one!


November 25th, 2014

Publishers Weekly!!

Publishers Weekly chose The Great Thanksgivng Escape as one of the top Thanksgiving Books to be thanksful for. The Great Thanksgivng Escape shares the list with many wonderful titles.


July 25, 2014

Parade says Martha a food favorite!

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans was chosen an outstanding food-themed picture book by Parade. It shares the list with some OUTSTANDING books and it's great to be included on the list!


July 15, 2014

The first review escapes!

The Great Thanksgiving Escape was recently reviewed by Kirkus! "...Graphic novelist and illustrator Fearing’s first solo picture book, based on his memories of Thanksgivings past, is a hoot for all ages. Kids will identify, and parents will reminisce. The digitally manipulated colored-pencil illustrations from a kid’s-eye view layer the humor on an exaggeratedly goofy text. A holiday offering that definitely makes a fun all its own."


June 14, 2014

Martha is great fun to read aloud!

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans has been named an honor book in the Wanda Gág Read Aloud Awards. This award is sponsored by the Cirriculum Materials Center at the The Livingston Lord Library at Minnesota State University Moorehead, Moorehead Minnesota. Reading Martha aloud to a group is great fun but it's just as fun to read aloud to yourself when no one is in earshot!


May 23, 2014

Martha keeps growing new readers!

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans has been named one of 15 finalists for the Buckaroo Book Award which is the children's choice award in the state that has the American Buffalo as its offical state mammal. I am talking about Wyoming of course!


December 21, 2013

Drawing on Imagination:The Art of Children's Illustration

The Multnomah County Library and The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Oregon Chapter are hosting a show in the Collins Gallery featuring the many stages involved in creating illustrated books for young readers. The show features author/illustrators and illustrators from Oregon and SW Washington. There is an opening reception on December 21, noon-2pm where the artists will discuss their work and answer questions. Mark will mainly be answering questions about winterizing plumbing but he will also talk about book making. Mark will have samples from many of the books he has worked on from sketchs to dummy books and revised pages.


October 22, 2013

USA Today selects A Very Witchy Spelling Bee as an outstanding Halloween book for 2013!

For most young celebrants, Halloween (October 31 for those who have yet to chose their costumes) consists of more treats than tricks. USA TODAY's Bob Minzesheimer recommends four illustrated books featuring witches, ghosts and vampires. Most are not all that scary and should last long after the candy is gone.


October 01, 2013

Huff Post Selects A Very Witchy Spelling Bee as a top Halloween book for 2013!

A list of ghoulish and fiendish books perfect for blustery October days writes The Huffington Post's Devon Corneal when she made a short list of great Halloween books for 2013. And don't worry, they aren't all scary -- in fact some are downright cute and all are guaranteed to entertain even your more particular kids.


April 25, 2013

The Book That Eats People eating The New York Times too!

The Book That Eats People was mentioned in the Motherlode blog of The New York Times as a book worthy of making the trip when you have to pack things up and move. It couldn’t be happier. New place, new things to eat!


November 5, 2012

The Book That Eats People a Dreadful Classic!

The New York Times Motherlode blog picked (I hope with gloves) The Book That Eats People as a classic picture book that can fill you with dread. I think that’s a good thing.


August 23, 2012

EARTHLING! Lands on the The New York Times Sunday Book Review

David Kamp calls EARTHLING! "an exhilerating hoot."



EARTHLING! Wins the Spirit of Oregon award for outstanding graphic novel in 2012!

The Oregon Council of Teachers of English recognized EARTHLING! as an outstanding graphic novel in 2012. Thanks to all the teachers and students who supported the book!



The Book That Eats People is loose in North Carolina!

The Book That Eats People was selected as the outstanding picture book in 2011-2012 by the North Carolina Children’s Book Award (NCCBA).  The book promises not to eat anyone in North Carolina for two years.



The Original Art Show

Illustrations from The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot were selected for the 2011-2012 Society of Illustrators of New York juried illustration showcase called Original Art: The Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration.