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The front cover of the "Pikachu's Day" book.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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. They did not actually have ISBNs, though, so they were classified closer to toys than books. 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.
Pokémon Tales Gift Boxes
VIZ Media released two gift boxes of the Pokémon Tales series. Each boxed set contained five books each.