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Marcus Pfister

Marcus Pfister (born 30 July 1960 in Bern, Switzerland) is a Swiss author and illustrator of children's picture books.

His Rainbow Fish series of children's picture books, published since 1992, has been a worldwide success. The books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold over 30 million copies. DHX Media turned the picture books into a 26-episode animated television series of the same name, which has aired on the HBO Family\television channel in the United States since 2000.

He uses water colors to illustrate his children's books. He begins by stretching the watercolor paper over a wooden board. Next, he copies his rough sketches onto the paper in pencil. He is then ready to begin painting. For his backgrounds and blended contours he uses wet paint on wait paper, this achieves a softer effect. For the finer details, he first lets the painting dry, and then he paints the final picture layer by layer. When the illustration is complete he cuts the paper from the wooden board.

In February 2017 he was the featured speaker, author, and illustrator at Nepal's first children's literature festival, Bal Sahitya Mahotsav.

Marcus Pfister lives with his wife Debora in Bern, Switzerland.



  • 1988: Schweizer Jugendbuchpreis, Nominationlist
  • 1992: Christopher Award
  • 1993: Critici in Erba Prize
  • 1993: 1. Prize Ulmer Bilderbuchspatz
  • 1993: Prix spécial des Libraires religieux pour le livre d'enfant, Valence
  • 1994: Prix de la Jeunesse, Cherbourg
  • 1995: North Dakota Flicker Tale
  • 1995: ABBY-Award
  • 1995: North Carolina Children's Book Award
  • 1996: Readers' Choice Award, Michigan Reading Association
  • 1996: Children's Choices (IRA-CBC)
  • 1997: Christopher Award
  • 1997: Steirische Leseeule
  • 1998: Storytelling World Award


External links

  • Publications by and about Marcus Pfister in the catalogue Helveticat of the Swiss National Library
  • Marcus Pfister in the German National Library catalogue
  • The official website of Marcus Pfister

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