Book Spotlight: The Central Park Tales: Marcus Meesters

The Central Park Tales

Written and Illustrated by Marcus Meesters


Enchanted Adventures in an Urban Oasis



         One of the most wonderful things about children is the magical lens through which they view the world. Even the simplest of activities or plainest of places can be turned into an enchanted experience in the imagination of a child. Imagine when a child dreams about a location as large and extraordinary as Central Park, nestled in the heart of New York City. What must come to life in their imagination?

Marcus Meesters captures this magic in his newest children’s book, The Central Park Tales. Enhanced with sixty beautiful illustrations depicting real places throughout the park, Meesters expertly narrates the adventurous tales of the animals who live in Central Park. Containing ten short stories, young readers (and adults, alike!) are introduced to Squirrel, Duck, Frog, Mousekin, and lovable dog brothers, Doctor Beggar and Mister Pup, among others, and follow along as they navigate their marvelous world – a lush, green oasis in the midst of one of the most bustling, famous cities in the world.

            Reminiscent of the classic, charming books of another era, The Central Park Tales aims to encourage wishes and dreams, promotes individuality and inspires friendship. Meesters introduces The Central Park Tales as part of a trilogy, the first bookbeing his extremely well-received TheVondelpark Tales (released in the Netherlands as De Vondelparkverhalen, to be released in English in 2016) and the third, The Hyde Park Tales, also to be released in 2016. Meesters was inspired to begin the trilogy after living in Amsterdam and exploring its famed Vondelpark.

“My hope is that the trilogy, which is connected by a narrator named Uncle Mouse in all three books, contributes to the rich urban cultures of New York, London, and Amsterdam, creating a new intercultural connection between three beautiful cities,” Meesters says.

         Meesters and The Central Park Tales explores:

How another world comes to life in the most famous park on the planet

The value of wishing and fulfilling dreams, beginning from a young age

Real places, scenes, and landmarks throughout Central Park for children to identify when they visit

Celebrating how unique individuals can live together and be friends

Connecting urban culture from around the world

And much more

Marcus Meesters is the author and illustrator of The Central Park Tales. He was born in the Netherlands and, at the age of 25, he moved to Amsterdam, where he got to know Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s most famous city park. Meesters is a lover of classic children’s books, and it was during one of his walks in Vondelpark that he got the idea to write his own children’s book about the animals that live there. His first book, The Vondelpark Tales, was born and extremely well received.


Meesters recently released the second book in the trilogy, The Central Park Tales, which beautifully depicts the famous Central Park in New York City. The third book in the trilogy, The Hyde Park Tales, is expected to release in 2016.


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The Central Park Tales can be purchased from iBooks, BookBaby, Amazon,,, and Powell’s as well as through all major booksellers.

*All info provided by PR


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