“A well-told tale of the Norse gods.… Binder’s voice swoops and soars, now angry, now gleeful and now mocking, as Loki tells these stories of the gods run amok.” — The Providence Journal
LOKI RAGNAROK is the Viking Armageddon retold by the trickster. In the shadow of prophecy, a family is torn asunder, leading to betrayal, torture, madness and revenge.
It begins with Loki, chained to a rock, listening for the trumpet that will announce the end of the world. Loki tells his side of the story.
“For nearly a thousand years, the tale of Ragnarok – the Norse myth of Apocalypse – has painted Loki as a Satan-like evil. With a fast-paced blend of prose and poetry, award-winning author Mark Binder offers an epic revision of the Eddas with modern resonance.”
– Duval, Between Myth, Lies, and History
What drives homicidal madness?
On the brink of Apocalypse, why would anyone kindle utter destruction?
Pop culture relies on heroes to save the day. Their choreographed fights are entertaining. We will be safe.
Loki Ragnarok gives a horrific villain a voice with measures of rage, humor and compassion.
“Mark Binder has a knack for blending ancient mythology with modern storytelling techniques to create a vibrant and contemporary tale.”
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.
Boys, Girls and Parents will Love Reading Genies, Giants and a Walrus Award-winning author and story performer Mark Binder has collected some of his favorite adventures from across the globe and put them together in one collection for the entertainment of all.
Thor... Scheherazade... Paul Bunyan... Clever Doris?
Enjoy discovering the original myths that inspired the videos. Find new stories to make you smile.
"Genies, Giants and a Walrus" includes some of the world's best adventure stories, selected and edited for the pleasure of voracious young readers. From Gilgamesh and the Arabian Nights to Norse Mythology and the American West, these are stories that both girls and boys will enjoy reading and rereading. is an excellent primer for young readers...
Classic tales retold with new energy... New tales that seem timeless, and a few old favorites that preserve the flavor of years gone by. If you liked "The Bed Time Story Book" or "Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions," you'll love, "Genies, Giants and a Walrus." You can read them by yourself, or with your family.
".a gift for humor -- both broad and subtle..."
- Publisher's Weekly ..".author and storyteller
"Mark Binder is the spellbinder..." - School Library Journal Part of the best-selling "Bed Time Story Book" series, this collection takes it to the next level of literary pleasure. Target ages: Genies, Giants and a Walrus: Grades 3-5 Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions: Grades 1-3 The Bed Time Story Book: Grades PK-2 Some of the world's finest heroes and heroines make appearances, including, Scheherezade, Thor, Paul Bunyan and Clever Doris. Includes plenty of witches, giants, genies and of course, a Walrus. If you don't know these stories, you'll soon learn why so many of them are classics...
Author and storyteller Mark Binder reworks, revises and invents stories that feel fresh while maintaining a strong connection to the past. The collection ends with a brief selection from some of the finest poetic stories ever written in English, including Kipling, Lewis Carroll and Casey at the Bat. Guaranteed fun for all.
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."