“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.
Kings Wolves, Princesses and Lions 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" you'll love, "Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions."
These are stories children will enjoy reading by themselves, or with parents and caregivers. And the grown-ups will enjoy reading them, too. Includes dozens of evocative and humorous old-school and wood-block style illustrations.
Award-winning children's author, Mark Binder presents this collection of stories with the ear of a professional storyteller and the love of a parent reading to his 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 starts with simple stories for early readers, and then allows youngsters to stretch their skills.
Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions: Grades 1-3
The Bed Time Story Book: Grades PK-2
Genies, Giants and a Walrus: Grades 3-5 (and up)
Bonus tips for reading-aloud at bed time!
An around-the world tour of Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia. The five sections are broken down into Tales of Animals, Ordinary and Extraordinary People, Kings and Fools, American Favorites and International Classics.
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.
With updated and extended versions of Aesop Fables, Anansi, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Sleeping Beauty, The Brave Little Tailor, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Rapunzel, Stone Soup (at Valley Forge), King Midas, Androcles, and a cast of mice, bats, weasels, cranes, dogs, wolves, and of course lions. Dozens of stories, including: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Androcles and the Lion, The Princess and the Mouse, The Brave Little Tailor, King Midas and The Golden Touch, The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, Stone Soup at Valley Forge, Sleeping Beauty, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Rapunzel and many more!
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."
"Wired Words/Electric Prose" —Providence Phoenix
"The Brothers Schlemiel is a delicious and exciting novel of mixed identities told in delicious bite-sized chapters. You won't want to put it down, but if you do, you will come back to it again and again… At last, one of the very first ebooks is restored to its full glory."
Meet Abraham and Adam. From the day they are born, “those Schlemiel twins” are trouble. No one, not even their parents, can tell them apart, which is sometimes an advantage.
They use their wits to create mischievous pranks, foil thieves, meet governors and kings, and eventually begin to grow up.
But when Abraham falls in love a Gypsy princess and Adam falls in love with a girl who thinks he’s Abraham, it’s a problem.
If they switch places one more time, will they finally find happiness?
Set in Chelm, the famed village of fools, The Brothers Schlemiel is both a tightly interwoven story of two lives, and a rambling picaresque novel filled with rich characters. Originally written as a weekly serial, it’s a page-turner that can be enjoyed a bit at a time, but will call you to keep going and just read a little more.
The Brothers Schlemiel is a book to savor. It's a timeless book that resonates in today's fast-paced digital society.
During its initial 100 installment newspaper run from 1999-2001, The Brothers Schlemiel also became the first novel to be published serially via email. An abridged edition was published in hardcover in 2008. At last, the complete adventures of Abraham and Adam Schlemiel have been gathered together in one unabridged "authors cut."
Glowing Headlines and Reviews about previous editions of the (abridged and e-serialized) Brothers Schlemiel:
Wired Words/Electric Prose
"To say that Jacob Schlemiel went temporarily insane after the birth of his twin boys might be to overstate it. The poor man certainly had a breakdown. It was as if the mule pulling his wagon down the road of life had suddenly kicked him in the head." So begins one episode of The Brothers Schlemiel. Binder could have also been describing what's happening to traditional publishing. With the arrival of electronic serials and e-books, old-fashioned print is getting something of a kick in the head. As tech-savvy authors like Binder are exploring the Internet's possibilities, traditional publishers are racing to get into the game."
Dickens For The 21st Century
"I find it exciting that Mr. Binder has put his extensive talents to use on the internet. The return of serialized literature is long overdue and "The Brothers Schlemiel" seems the perfect work to introduce a new generation of readers to a method as traditional as Dickens using technology that Jules Verne could only have dreamed of."
Schlemiels in cyberspace… old-fashioned storytelling in a newfangled way
—The Providence Journal
Laughing out loud humor… very poignant and sweet
—Jewish Herald Voice, Houston, TX
"In The Brothers Schlemiel, Mark Binder tries to capture the community of Chelm in all its innocence, foolishness and humor. 'In this work of fiction, history lives in the footnotes,' he declares in his author's note. When history gets in the way of the story, it is easily modified. So it's clear from the start that there is nothing factual about this book, which traces the lives of the Schlemiel family and the community that surrounds them. [Readers] will really get the humor written between the lines. 'Only in Chelm could a father get so lost going to fetch the midwife that he misses the birth of his first child,' Binder writes, poking consistent fun at the antics and idiocy of those who call Chelm home. It seems that everyone in the town is in slow mode, so the mix-ups are many and the potential for laughter abundant
—Jewish Book World