Pokémon anime novelization series

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File:Winner Takes All.jpg
The cover of Winner Takes All, the last book in the series

The Pokémon anime novelizations are the main series of Pokémon books. In this series, there are twenty eight books. However, only twenty six books are based on actual anime episodes, with Race to Danger and Talent Showdown having original plots. Like the Pokémon Junior series, it is a multiple-author series, with its authors being Tracey West, Jennifer L. Johnson, and Sheila Sweeny. The Pokémon anime novelizations start with the book I Choose You! and ends with Winner Takes All, spanning throughout the Indigo League, Orange Islands, and some portion of the Johto Journeys. This series can be distinguished from other series based on anime episodes from its chapter-book format and the design of the blurb on the back, which consists of a black box with text and several circles featuring different species of Pokémon on its rim. Books in this series typically have a Pikachu near the corner of a page, except for Team Rocket Blasts Off!, which has Meowth in the corner of the pages, as a reference to the member of Team Rocket.

Books in this series

Original Series

File:I choose you.jpg
The cover of I Choose You!, the series's first book
  1. I Choose You!
  2. Island of the Giant Pokémon
  3. Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon
  4. Night in the Haunted Tower
  5. Team Rocket Blasts Off!
  6. Charizard, Go!
  7. Splashdown in Cerulean City
  8. Return of the Squirtle Squad
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The cover of Race to Danger, the thirteenth book in the series and one of two in it that has an original plot

Orange Islands

  1. Journey to the Orange Islands
  2. Secret of the Pink Pokémon
  3. The Four Star Challenge
  4. Scyther, Heart of a Champion
  5. Race to Danger
  6. Talent Showdown
  7. Psyduck Ducks Out
  8. Thundershock in Pummelo Stadium

Johto Journeys

  1. Go West, Young Ash
  2. Ash Ketchum, Pokémon Detective
  3. Prepare for Trouble
  4. Battle for the Zephyr Badge
  5. The Chikorita Challenge
  6. All Fired Up
  7. Ash to the Rescue
  8. Secrets of the GS Ball
  9. Prize Pokémon
  10. Teaming Up With Totodile
  11. Tough Enough
  12. Winner Takes All

In other languages

The Pokémon anime novelization series has been known to be translated into Canadian French and Indonesian.


  • The books were the first canonical object in the Pokémon series to reveal Gary having a Blastoise, with it being shown in Talent Showdown. However, he was also shown with a Charizard and Venusaur due to the author not actually knowing which one was his starter.
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Authors and illustrators: Akihito TodaBill MichaelsGregg SaconHiroshi TakaseHoward DewinJason R. Rich
Jennifer L. JohnsonKatherine FangKatherine NollKazunori AiharaMaria S. BarboMichael Mikaelian
Michael TeitelbaumS. E. HellerSheila SweenyTracey West
Publishers: Chuang Yi (Singapore) • Golden Books (USA) • Panini Comics (Italy) • Pikachu Press (USA)
Scholastic (USA) • Shogakukan (Japan) • Shogakukan Asia (Singapore) • VIZ Media (USA)
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Pokémon anime novelizations
Original series: I Choose You!Island of the Giant PokémonAttack of the Prehistoric PokémonNight in the Haunted Tower
Team Rocket Blasts Off!Charizard, Go!Splashdown in Cerulean CityReturn of the Squirtle Squad
Orange Islands: Journey to the Orange IslandsSecret of the Pink PokémonThe Four Star ChallengeScyther, Heart of a Champion
Race to DangerTalent ShowdownPsyduck Ducks OutThundershock in Pummelo Stadium
The Johto Journeys: Go West, Young AshAsh Ketchum, Pokémon DetectivePrepare for TroubleBattle for the Zephyr Badge
The Chikorita ChallengeAll Fired UpAsh to the RescueSecrets of the GS BallPrize Pokémon
Teaming Up With TotodileTough EnoughWinner Takes All
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