The Proposal is the thirty-fifth book in the Animorphs series, authored by K.A. Applegate. It is known to have been ghostwritten by Jeffrey Zuehlke. It is narrated by Marco.

Official descriptionEdit

Marco already knows he has a few problems: the constant battle with the Yeerks; finding out his mother was infested...and is now Visser One. The leader of the Yeerk invasion of Earth. But things are about to get even weirder. Marco's father is thinking of getting married again.

Meanwhile, the Animorphs and Ax have other things to worry about. It seems the Yeerks are trying harder than ever to get people into The Sharing. Now the kids have to find a way to slow down recruitment. But Marco's personal stress is causing him to morph into creatures that don't exist. Creatures the Yeerks are sure to notice...and attack...

Plot SummaryEdit

Animorphs proposal book 35 inside cover

Inside cover

Marco's mother, the host to Visser One, is revealed to have survived the events of The Reunion. Marco's father, still believing her death from the "boating accident" several years earlier, marries Nora, Marco's math teacher. The stress from his father's actions cause Marco's morphs to go haywire, the results from his morphs are (in order of appearance): an osprey crossed with a lobster, a trout with the arms of a gorilla, a wolf spider crossed with a skunk, (A "Skider" or "Spunk" as Marco called it), and finally a poodle and a polar bear (a Poo-Bear as Marco called it). The Yeerks try to use a popular TV Icon named William Roger Tennant to try and persuade people to join The Sharing, but the Animorphs expose him on national TV.

Contributions to the Series' Story ArcEdit

  • Marco's father marries Nora. The stress from this causes Marco to lose control over his morphing - turning into mixtures of the animals he has acquired.


Morpher Morphs acquired Morphs used
Jake Squirrel, Cockatiel Squirrel, Cockatiel, Tiger, Seagull, Cockroach, Flea, Fly,
Rachel Squirrel, Cockatiel Squirrel, Cockatiel, Grizzly bear, Seagull, Cockroach, Flea, Fly,
Cassie Cockatiel Seagull, Squirrel, Cockatiel, Wolf, Cockroach, Flea, Fly
Marco Squirrel, Cockatiel, Poodle Osprey/Lobster, Squirrel, Cockatiel, Gorilla/Trout, Gorilla, Osprey, Wolf,Fly, Cockroach, Wolf Spider/Skunk, Poodle, Poodle/Polar bear
Tobias -- Seagull, Cockroach, Flea, Human (Main)
Ax Squirrel, Cockatiel Squirrel, Cockatiel, Seagull, Cockroach, Human (Main), Fly


  • The front cover quote is, "What's on your mind...?"
  • The inside front cover quote is, "Man's best friend? Not this man...."
David Mattingly art subway wizard on animorphs 35 proposal inside cover

The screens in the inside cover illustration of The Proposal actually show pieces of illustrator David Mattingly's non-Animorphs artwork. In addition to his cat Orson on the far left, you can spot a piece of artwork called 'The Subway Wizard."

  • ANIBASE: Orson Watch: The stepback of this book is just chock full of hidden images! Check out the monitors behind Tennant: the images are made up of cover art from other books David has done, pictures of his family, and of course, there's even one of Orson!
  • This is the only book in the series that leads off directly into a special edition to resolve a cliffhanger. Read the Visser Chronicles to see what happens next.
  • ANIBASE: A lot of Animorphs fans have asked K.A. Applegate why the Animorphs never mix morphs and she finally adresses the issue in this book. She says:  

"Well, you're assuming that melding animals would create something superior. Ain't necessarily so. Evolution is the process of adaptation. Each species is adapted to survive within a particular environment, a particular niche. The process takes a long time, billions of years and you can't just come along and play mix and match, plugging Legos into Lincoln Logs and expect to come up with something that works. How do you join up the intestinal tracts of a polar bear and a shark, for example? (Very carefully.) And if you could meld bear and shark, where would they live? What would they eat? And wouldn't the other animals laugh at them?"


Taken from

Main Series #1 The Invasion | #2 The Visitor | #3 The Encounter | #4 The Message | #5 The Predator | #6 The Capture | #7 The Stranger | #8 The Alien | #9 The Secret | #10 The Android | #11 The Forgotten | #12 The Reaction | #13 The Change | #14 The Unknown | #15 The Escape | #16 The Warning | #17 The Underground | #18 The Decision | #19 The Departure | #20 The Discovery | #21 The Threat | #22 The Solution | #23 The Pretender | #24 The Suspicion | #25 The Extreme | #26 The Attack | #27 The Exposed | #28 The Experiment | #29 The Sickness | #30 The Reunion | #31 The Conspiracy | #32 The Separation | #33 The Illusion | #34 The Prophecy | #35 The Proposal | #36 The Mutation | #37 The Weakness | #38 The Arrival | #39 The Hidden | #40 The Other | #41 The Familiar | #42 The Journey | #43 The Test | #44 The Unexpected | #45 The Revelation | #46 The Deception | #47 The Resistance | #48 The Return | #49 The Diversion | #50 The Ultimate | #51 The Absolute | #52 The Sacrifice | #53 The Answer | #54 The Beginning
Megamorphs The Andalite's Gift | In the Time of Dinosaurs | Elfangor's Secret | Back to Before
Chronicles The Andalite Chronicles | The Hork-Bajir Chronicles | VISSER | The Ellimist Chronicles
Alternamorphs The First Journey | The Next Passage
TV Tie-Ins Meet the Stars of Animorphs