Pokémon Tales

Pokémon Tales (Japanese: ポケモンえほん Pokémon Picture Book) are a series of children's picture books published by VIZ Media in North America and Shogakukan in Japan. A small number of artists collectively provided illustrations across the series, many of which have since become established within the Pokémon franchise. Each book contains a story focusing on one Pokémon, such as a Squirtle afraid to come out of his shell or a hungry Snorlax. While the initial series comprises 48 books, only 23 were translated into English.

The front cover of the "Pikachu's Day" book.

Pokémon Tales

Title Author Illustrator Original release
01 01 Charmander Sees a Ghost Akihito Toda Kagemaru Himeno 1997-06
02 02 Come Out, Squirtle! Tomoaki Imakuni Naoyo Kimura 1997-06
03 03 Bulbasaur's Trouble Akihito Toda Benimaru Itoh 1997-06
04 04 Pikachu's Day Toshinao Aoki Toshinao Aoki 1997-06
05 Yadon's Big Yawn Akihito Toda Miki Tanaka 1997-06
20 06 Onix Underground Akihito Toda Benimaru Itoh 1997-07
07 That's Lucky for You Tokoya Kanabun Tokoya Kanabun 1997-07
08 Transforming Metamon Sumiyoshi Kizuki Sumiyoshi Kizuki 1997-07
12 09 Lapras Makes a Friend Kunimi Kawamura Toshinao Aoki 1997-07
10 Let Me Borrow Your Leek, Kamonegi-kun Junko Wada Yukiko Baba 1997-07
11 What's Nassy's Favorite Word? Eriko Matsumura Kouichi Ooyama 1997-08
12 Sihorn and the Planet's Navel Kazuyuki Yamamoto Mitsuhiro Arita 1997-08
14 13 Diglett's Birthday Party Junko Wada Yasukazu Arai 1997-08
14 Where is Beedle's Father? Akihito Toda Akemi Sugiura 1997-08
06 15 Where's Clefairy's Voice? Kunimi Kawamura Kagemaru Himeno 1997-08
16 Ready, Set, Dodo! Tomokazu Komiya Tomokazu Komiya 1997-10
10 17 Snorlax's Snack Sumiyoshi Kizuki Sumiyoshi Kizuki 1997-10
16 18 Seel to the Rescue! Kazuyuki Yamamoto Naoyo Kimura 1997-10
19 Spherical Marumine Tsunekazu Ishihara Toshinao Aoki 1997-11
20 Not Yet, Caterpie Akihito Toda Kagemaru Himeno 1997-10
21 Tattu Likes the Sea Junko Wada Yuka Morii* 1997-12
22 Let's Play Again, Porygon Toshiko Takashi Sumiyoshi Kizuki 1997-12
23 Forgetful Pigeon Chōji Yoshikawa Toshinao Aoki 1997-12
13 24 Eevee's Weather Report Junko Wada Masako Yamashita 1997-12
15 25 First Prize for Starmie Kazuyuki Yamamoto Kagemaru Himeno 1997-12
26 Lots of Nyorozo! Hajime Yume Kaoru Iwasa 1998-03
22 27 A Star for Tauros Akihito Toda Yukiko Baba 1998-03
28 Beroringa Licks Everything Junko Igarashi Naoyo Kimura 1998-03
29 Nazonokusa's Hide and Seek Kunihiko Yuyama Tomokazu Komiya* 1998-03
11 30 Jigglypuff's Magic Lullaby Megumi Hayashibara Kagemaru Himeno 1998-03
31 The Name's Karakara Sumiyoshi Kizuki Sumiyoshi Kizuki 1998-06
32 I Want to Become a Kamex Junko Wada Toshinao Aoki 1998-06
33 Little Ghost Aya Kusube Aya Kusube 1998-06
18 34 Magnemite's Mission Yachiyo Numazaki
Keiji Kinebuchi
Keiji Kinebuchi 1998-07
07 35 Fly on, Butterfree Toshiko Takashi Naoyo Kimura 1998-07
36 Let's Make Pizza, Wanriky! Keiko Yanagisawa Yuka Morii* 1998-07
05 37 Psyduck's Tongue Twisters Hajime Yume Kagemaru Himeno 1998-11
38 Rokon and the Girl Akihito Toda Miki Tanaka 1998-11
39 Heart-pounding Sand Tomokazu Komiya Tomokazu Komiya 1998-11
08 40 Dragonite's Christmas Junko Wada Naoyo Kimura 1998-12
41 What Is a Transel? Sumiyoshi Kizuki Sumiyoshi Kizuki 1998-12
09 42 Meet Mew! Akihito Toda Kagemaru Himeno 1998-12
43 Nyarth's Moon-viewing Soba Inuko Inuyama Keralino Sandorovich 1999-06
44 Sawamular's Extending Legs Motoharu Sakata Shin-ichi Yoshida 1999-06
20* 45 Gengar's Shadow Aya Kusube Aya Kusube 1999-06
19 46 Don't Laugh, Charizard! Akihito Toda Naoyo Kimura 2000-02
21 47 Togepi's Tears Hajime Yume Kagemaru Himeno 2000-02
17 48 Mewtwo's Watching You! Akihito Toda Aya Kusube 2000-02

Special Pokémon Tales

These books tie in to the first two Pokémon movies and were included in the English gift box sets for the original books.

Title Author Illustrator Original release
01 01 I'm Not Pikachu! Junko Wada Toshinao Aoki 1998-08
02 02 Pikachu's Unparalleled Adventure Junko Wada Toshinao Aoki 1999-07

Pokémon Gold and Silver Tales

A second series of Pokémon Tales books were published following the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver (Japanese: ポケモン金銀えほん Pokémon Gold and Silver Picture Books). Unlike the initial Pokémon Tales series, all of these books were translated into English.

Title Author Illustrator Original release date
01 01 Detective Chikorita Akihito Toda Sumiyoshi Kizuki 2001-11
02 02 Cyndaquil and the Mystery Hole Akihito Toda Toshinao Aoki 2001-11
03 03 Totodile's One Gulp Akihito Toda Benimaru Itoh 2001-11
04 04 Muddy Pichu Akihito Toda Naoyo Kimura 2001-12
05 05 Wobbuffet Watches Clouds Akihito Toda Yasukazu Arai 2001-12
06 06 Swinub's Nose Akihito Toda Kagemaru Himeno 2002-03
07 07 Wake up, Lugia! Akihito Toda Toshinao Aoki 2002-03
08 08 Look Out Houndour! Akihito Toda Midori Harada 2002-07
09 09 Corsola's Brave New World Akihito Toda Tomokazu Komiya 2002-07

Pokémon Exciting Tales

Pokémon Exciting Tales (Japanese: ポケモンわくわくえほん Pokémon Exciting Picture Books) was apparently a short release made in the run-up to the sixth Pokémon movie, which was the first for Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire .

No. Title Author Illustrator Release date
01 Pichu-Pichu Staring Contest! Akihito Toda Kouki Saitou 2003-06
02 PokéPoké Oekaki! Akihito Toda Naoyo Kimura 2003-06

Pokémon Daisuki Tales

The Pokémon Daisuki Tales (Japanese: ポケモンだいすきえほん Pokémon Enjoy Picture Books) are interactive audio picture books in Flash. They are viewable online (Japanese) on the Pokémon Daisuki Club website. All of the stories are on the site, but some are not accessible through normal navigation of the Daisuki Club website. New titles are added periodically.

On September 4, 2007, Media Factory printed and distributed the stories The Mysterious Yacht, The Mysterious Crayon, The Mysterious Big Clock, and The Mysterious Maze. The books were miniature-sized and hardcovered, and came with a ball chain.[1] They did not actually have ISBNs, though, so they were classified closer to toys than books.[2] Pokémon Daisuki Club also distributed printed books of The Mysterious Drum and The Mysterious Stockings to 200 people in a February 2009 giveaway. They also came with stickers of characters from the books.[3]

No. Title Author Illustrator Narrator Release date
01 The Mysterious Lines Akihito Toda Sumiyoshi Kizuki Chikage Yamashita
Yōtarō Ōkubo
02 The Mysterious Rainbow of Colors Akihito Toda Aya Kusube Chikage Yamashita
Yōtarō Ōkubo
03 The Mysterious Yacht Akihito Toda Kagemaru Himeno Chikage Yamashita
Yōtarō Ōkubo
04 The Mysterious Crayon Akihito Toda Midori Harada Nao Minami 2006-05-12
05 The Mysterious Constellation Akihito Toda Mitsuhiro Arita Hiroko Ōhashi 2006-08-04
06 The Mysterious Big Clock Akihito Toda Atsuko Nishida Kaori Tanabe 2006-11-24
07 The Mysterious Maze Akihito Toda Masakazu Fukuda Maya Hayashi 2007-03-09
08 The Mysterious Drum Akihito Toda Tomokazu Komiya Karen 2007-07-02
09 Mysterious Hide-and-Go-Seek Akihito Toda Kouki Saitou Ai Koike 2007-09-07
10 The Mysterious Stockings Akihito Toda Miki Tanaka aki 2007-11-26
11 Mysterious Pirate Ship Akihito Toda Kanako Eo Naoko Yanase 2008-02-25
12 The Upside-Down Forest Creatures Sumiyoshi Kizuki Mayumi Sudou 2008-10-30
13 Night of Shooting Stars Creatures Midori Harada Mayumi Sudou
Ezaki Kouji
14 Nokocchi Tag Creatures Mizue Kuroyanagi Mayumi Sudou
Ezaki Kouji
15 The Great Cake Caper Creatures Sumiyoshi Kizuki Mayumi Sudou
Tomonori Tsuchimochi
16 Iwapalace Moves House Creatures Naoki Saito Mayumi Sudou
Tomonori Tsuchimochi

Pokémon Tales Gift Boxes

VIZ Media released two gift boxes of the Pokémon Tales series. Each boxed set contained five books each.

Box artwork Books included
  Charmander Sees a Ghost
Come Out, Squirtle!
Bulbasaur's Trouble
Pikachu's Day
Movie Special: I'm Not Pikachu!
  Psyduck's Tongue Twisters
Where's Clefairy's Voice?
Fly on, Butterfree
Dragonite's Christmas
Movie Special 2: Pikachu's Unparalleled Adventure


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