Mark Parisi

We are delighted to introduce you to a debut author with a career in funny! Marty Pants #1: Do Not Open! is Mark Parisi’s debut novel, but he is no stranger to making people laugh. His comic strip series, Off the Mark, has been running daily since 1987 in newspapers around the country. AND Mark comes recommended by one of our Unlikely favorite authors, Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series: “Funny and engaging. Marty Pants is a surefire hit!”

Big Nate meets E.T. in this hilarious fully illustrated middle grade novel about Marty Pants - artist, cat lover, and unlikely hero in the first book of a three-book series from debut author and award-winning cartoonist of the Off the Mark comic, Mark Parisi.
Marty Pants is different from your typical middle schooler. He has the soul of an artist, and as an artist, he notices things - the kinds of things other kids don’t seem to see. It’s this eye for the unusual that leads him to a note he simply cannot ignore. An alien is watching him and preparing to take over the world. But no one, not his best friends Parker and Roongrat or his mother, father, sister, arch-enemy, Simon, or the chief of Police, believes him. It’s up to Marty to save the world, his way. Debut author Mark Parisi brings his award-winning cartoon chops to this laugh-out-loud middle grade novel about the unlikeliest of heroes to ever have the fate of the world in his hands, complete with comic-style black and white interior illustrations.

Mark Parisi is the creator of the "Off the Mark" single-panel comic strip series, which is syndicated in more than 100 newspapers around the country. It has been running daily since 1987 and won the Best Newspaper Panel Award from the National Society of Cartoonists in 2009 and 2012. Marty Pants is his debut novel.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
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Marty Pants #1: Do Not Open! Cover Image
By Mark Parisi, Mark Parisi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062427762
Availability: Available to Order
Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

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