Marilyn Sadler

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Marilyn Sadler is a children's writer[1] with a deadpan sense of humor. She was born November 17, 1950 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of her best known works was made into a television Disney movie, under the title Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. That book is about a space girl who is sent to earth and the cultural clashes she finds in her new planet. Subsequently, two additional Zenon films were made, Zenon: The Zequel and Zenon: Z3.

She is also the author of the Alistair books, including Alistair in Outer Space and Alistair Underwater, Alistair's Elephant, and Alistair's Time Machine. This series concerns a boy genius whose activities include building a time machine, exploring outer space, and ironing his shoelaces.

Other books written by Marilyn Sadler include It's Not Easy Being a Bunny and the rest of the P. J. Funnybunny series, which was followed by the Honey Bunny series starring P. J.'s little sister, and Elizabeth and Larry, about a friendship between an old lady and a young alligator.

Marilyn is also one of the creators of the Disney preschool show Handy Manny.[2][3]

Marilyn's television credits also include two Reading Rainbow programs featuring Alistair, an Alistair program for the BBC, three ABC Weekend Specials featuring PJ Funnybunny and a show based on her children's book, Elizabeth and Larry for Showtime's Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories.

She has also illustrated an educational book, produced by the Academy of Economic Education, on economics for kids titled Ump's Fwat: An Annual Report for Young People.[4]



  1. ^ Lisa; Korayma (1 July 2001). "The Kids' Reading Room; Reading by 9; Book Reviews by Kids; Book Reviews By Kids; Thanks to Wizard, Bully Learns What It's Like to Be an Ant". Los Angeles Times. p. E.6. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  2. ^ Luttermoser, John (29 August 2009). "Daytime Emmys, 'True Blood,' 'Mad Men,' 'Rescue Me': TV's best for Aug, 30-Sept. 5". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  3. ^ Madden, John (2 October 2009). "GeekDad talks to 'Handy Manny' Producer Rick Gitelson". Wired. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  4. ^ Rupp, Rebecca (1998). The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology. Random House. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-609-80109-3. Retrieved 2 January 2011.

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