About Marilyn



With a degree in fine arts, Marilyn assumed she would be an illustrator. 

But when early in her career she was presented with an opportunity to write, she seized it and quickly discovered that she had found her true love.  No sad, sappy stories for her, however.  She likes to make herself laugh and her characters usually end up looking pretty silly for one reason or another.

Her first children’s book featured a fastidious little English boy named Alistair Grittle and was originally created for the English publisher, Hamish Hamilton, as well as for Simon & Schuster in the United States.  Having created a boy with such perfect behavior, she then turned her attention to a not so-perfectly-behaved little boy.  His name was P.J. Funnybunny, and he has existed for many years in a series of books for Random House, including the highly prestigious "Dr. Seuss Cat In the Hat" series.

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

Between 1999 and 2004, The Disney Channel produced three Original Movies based on Marilyn’s book, "Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century".  Each of Disney’s Zenon movies had exceptionally high ratings, with "Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century" and "Zenon the Zequel" among the highest rated shows in the history of The Disney Channel. 

In 2004, Playhouse Disney began production on Marilyn and Roger Bollen's animated series, "Handy Manny". "Handy Manny" premiered September 16, 2006, as the highest rated Playhouse Disney series premiere of all time. Since its debut, "Handy Manny" has averaged approximately 2 million viewers a week, has generated consistent critical acclaim and has developed a deeply loyal audience. In 2009, Marilyn was nominated for an Emmy Award as Executive Producer of "Handy Manny" in the category of “Outstanding Special Class Animated Program."

In September of 2015, Marilyn and Eric Comstock's 7-book "Charlie Piechart" mystery-math series was launched by Harper Collins Publishers with the release of their first book, "Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice".


  • Western Writers of America Spur Award 2015
  • National Parenting Publications Award, Gold Winner, 2014
  • Imagen Award, Best Children’s Program, Handy Manny, 2010
  • Emmy Nomination, Executive Producer, Handy Manny, 2009
  • Handy Manny, Cable Awards: Best Show/Animated, 2009
  • Handy Manny, NAMIC Vision Award, 2008
  • Handy Manny, Media Access Award, The California Governor’s Committee on
    Employment of People with Disabilities, 2007
  • Parents’ Choice Award, 1990
  • California Children’s Book Award Winner, 1990
  • Florida Reading Association Award, 1988-1989
  • Funny Bone Certificate of Merit Award, Humor, 1987
  • Books and Bookmen Top Ten Award, 1986
  • International Classroom Choice Award, 1984

Published Books

  • Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat (Harper Collins)
  • Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice (Harper Collins) 
  • Tony Baroni Loves Macaroni (Blue Apple Books)
  • Alice from Dallas (Abrams Publishing) 
  • Ten Eggs in a Nest (Random House) 
  • Pass It On (Blue Apple Books)
  • The Parakeet Girl (Random House)
  • It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny (Random House)
  • The Very Bad Bunny (Random House)
  • Honey Bunny Funnybunny (Random House)
  • Money Money Honey Bunny (Random House)
  • Honey Bunny’s Honey Bear (Random House)
  • PJ The Spoiled Bunny (Random House)
  • PJ Funnybunny Camps Out (Random House)
  • PJ Funnybunny’s Bag of Tricks (Random House)
  • Bedtime for Bunnies (Random House)
  • PJ Funnybunny and His Very Cool Birthday Party (Random House)
  • Knock Knock, It’s PJ Funnybunny (Random House)
  • Bobo Crazy (Random House)
  • Stuck on Earth (Random House)
  • Spaceball Star (Random House)
  • Trouble With Fun (Random House)
  • Alistair’s Elephant (Simon and Schuster)
  • Alistair in Outer Space (Simon and Schuster)
  • Alistair’s Time Machine (Simon and Schuster)
  • Alistair Under Water (Simon and Schuster)
  • Alistair and the Alien Invasion (Simon and Schuster)
  • Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century (Simon and Schuster)
  • Elizabeth and Larry (Simon and Schuster)
  • Elizabeth, Larry and Ed (Simon and Schuster)
  • PJ Funnybunny in The Perfect Hiding Place (Golden Books)
  • Blue Barry Bear Counts From 1 to 20 (Golden Books)
  • PJ Funnybunny in The Great Tricycle Race (Golden Books)
  • Chuck Wood and the Woodchucks in The Big Game (Golden Books)
  • The Copykitty (Golden Books)
  • Nanny Goat and the Lucky Kid (Golden Books)
  • Bob and John at Lake Kitty Paw Paw (Troll Publishing)
  • Bob and John in Bad to the Bone (Troll Publishing)