Bull walrus Franz-Ferdinand doesn’t like to move. But when he sees a flock of ice gliding flamingos dance, he discovers his love of ballet. When he decides he wants to join the graceful dance troupe, no one believes it’s possible. Will Franz-Ferdinand prove them wrong?
Rainbow Fish creator Marcus Pfister’s humorous new story strengthens our belief in our own dreams
Marcus Pfister was born in Bern, Switzerland. After studying at the Art School of Bern, he apprenticed as a graphic designer and worked in an advertising agency before becoming self-employed in 1984. His debut picture book, The Sleepy Owl, was published by NorthSouth in 1986, but his big breakthrough came six years later with The Rainbow Fish. Today, Marcus has illustrated over 65 books, which have been translated into more than 60 languages and received countless international awards. He lives with his wife, Debora, and his children in Bern.
Pfister’s (The Rainbow Fish) chatty, unhurried text has the feel of impromptu narration from a family member, and Franz-Ferdinand is a marvelous creation—a wrinkly, speckled gray behemoth who exudes lighter-than-air grace and joy as he dances amid the pink flamingoes and dappled sea ice.