Mark Binder is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied mythology with David Damrosch and T. E. Gaster and storytelling with Spalding Gray. He received an MA in Theater and English from Rhode Island College, and is a graduate of the Trinity Rep Theater Conservatory.
Over the years, he has edited newspapers
and magazines, started small theaters, repaired windows, taught at schools and universities, and toured as a performance storyteller, spinning tales for listeners of all ages around the world.
He has written and recorded more than 20 books and audio books for adults, families and children.
Mark lives in Providence with his wife and family.
From Giant Killer Jack and The Last Voyage of of Sinbad to the World's First Story, this chapter book of adventures will keep you turning pages.
Written by an award-winning author and storyteller, this collection of framed stories will be enjoyed by young people and parents of all ages.
A flash flood rips a Prince and Princess from their carriage. Lost and alone in the deluge, they find refuge in a barn filled with strangers. Gathering around the fire to keep warm, one by one these unknown women and men began to tell their stories.
Some of the stories are familiar, while others are unexpected, whimsical and fantastic.
Every Hero Has a Story</b> is designed to be read to young children or read by older children. Parents and youngsters alike will delight in the stories as the tales spin. By the end of the evening the stories have done more than just pass the time, they have changed the lives of the Prince and Princess forever.
"You've heard of books that are meant to be read across an entire state? This is a book that can be read across an entire family."
Based in New England, Mark Binder tours the world sharing his spoken and written stories with listeners of all ages. In this collection you'll "hear" his version of Jack and the Beanstalk ("Giant Killer Jack"), and learn the origin of "The First Story." You'll smile at the wisdom of a young girl in "The Contest," and catch your breath at "The Short Tale of Erika P. Spunk." There's even a new addition to the Arabian Nights with "The Last Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor."
Binder blends and dances between genres. He makes traditional stories sound modern and invents new stories that sound as if they have been retold for a hundred years.
At the heart of the book, weaving in and out, is the "frame tale" of the Prince and the Princess, who grow beyond their remoteness and isolation and are touched, moved and transformed by the stories they hear, and the stories that they themselves tell.
Mark Binder is an author and storyteller who knows how to connect generations. It is a true testament to his passion and talent that he is able to reach the hearts and minds of such diverse audiences
His most recent book is Cinderella Spinderella.
I wouldn’t go so far to say that we’re psycho. It’s just that strange things happen to us: explosions • • genetic mutations • • poisonous snakes • • ghost attacks and other mishaps.
Sometimes I wish that we could all just relax.
Seven stories and a chapter book/novella
Top 10 reasons to buy this book
10. Loaded with practical tips
— like what to do if your sister is being eaten
9. Makes your family seem normal
8. Meet the world’s smallest professional wrestler
7. Dynamite recipe for Flying Roast Turkey
6. Prevents bad breath in lab rats
5. Secret code that may reveal the meaning of life*
4. Action. Suspense. Flatulence.
3. New, improved, and now more than 72% slug-free! 2. Lasts longer than a pizza
1. More laughs than “Johnny Tremain”
Pick your Cinderella, pick your prince, and enjoy a new “spin” on the classic tale!
“Cinderella Spinderella is the first international illustrated ebook for families that uses today’s technology to give a favorite story a modern message of empowerment!”
Which Cinderella will your child choose?
"It doesn't matter what you look like… It's who you are that counts."
—The Fairy Godmother from "Cinderella Spinderella"
The classic story of Cinderella has been modernized and urbanized in this beautifully illustrated edition, written with delightful humor and a surprising twist.
Cinderella Spinderella uses ebook technology to allow readers to choose how Cinderella looks. Is she Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, or from the Indian subcontinent?
You can pick.
Mark Binder’s Cinderella Spinderella began its life as a spoken-word story told to very different audiences— groups of inner city youngsters and their parents and campers with severe physical disabilities.
The ebook Cinderella Spinderella, connects with any reader, offering 25 different combinations, so that every youngster can see herself or himself reflected in the story.
This is Cinderella who powerfully chooses her identity!
The classic story is modernized in this beautifully illustrated edition, written with delightful humor and a surprising twist.
"Eleanor lived alone with two stepsisters in a skinny house that her father had left to her in his will. By all rights the house belonged to Eleanor, yet her stepsisters treated her very poorly."