Books by Elisha Cooper

Elisha Cooper is the author of the children's books Dance! (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2001) and Magic Thinks Big, and of A Year in New York. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

TRAIN by Elisha Cooper
Kirkus Star
by Elisha Cooper, illustrated by Elisha Cooper
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Kids will be all aboard for this one. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who can watch a train race by without longing to be on it? Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2012

"Soothing and satisfying; perfect for reading on the porch on a summer evening, preferably next to a dog. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Stories of patiently waiting dogs have been around for just about forever, or at least since Homer wrote about faithful Argos recognizing Odysseus after a 20-year absence. In Cooper's touching story, the patient pup is an aging yellow Lab named Homer, whose love for his family is as deep and wide as the ocean outside their cottage. Read full book review >
BEAVER IS LOST by Elisha Cooper
Released: June 8, 2010

"Stunning in their simplicity, these pictures speak a thousand words. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When unflappable Beaver accidentally lands in the big city, he encounters challenges finding his way home. Read full book review >
FARM by Elisha Cooper
by Elisha Cooper, illustrated by Elisha Cooper
Released: April 1, 2010

"Their eyes will flit across pages, across too many words and pockets of illustration that leave them jumbled, tired and wishing this farm offered more wide-open spaces and quiet. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Agriculture receives exhaustive treatment in this text-laden picture book about people, animals and fields on the farm from the beginning to the end of the growing season. Read full book review >
BEAR DREAMS by Elisha Cooper
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A charming bedtime tale for young ones. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Cooper has expanded his point-of-view from diminutive (Ice Cream, 2002) to expansive (Magic Thinks Big, 2004), demonstrating that his focal point works well using either lens. Read full book review >
BEACH by Elisha Cooper
Kirkus Star
by Elisha Cooper, illustrated by Elisha Cooper
Released: June 1, 2006

"As daylight ebbs, the beach empties but leaves behind 'a day to remember when the beach is far away.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another charmer from Cooper, who, with his signature impressionistic, diminutive figures and scenes, delivers a perfect day at the beach, observing people, paraphernalia and nature. Read full book review >
A GOOD NIGHT WALK by Elisha Cooper
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Cozy and friendly with lots to look at. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Cooper's warm and energetic watercolor and ink pictures are more detailed than his usual here, but hold the same evocative engagement with his audience. Read full book review >
MAGIC THINKS BIG by Elisha Cooper
Released: April 1, 2004

"No maybes about it, this very large, very round, very imaginative cat will work his magic on readers, grown or not, who will purr with delight over his story. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Magic is the ultimate cat. Read full book review >
ICE CREAM by Elisha Cooper
Released: April 1, 2002

"A chocolate, vanilla, and berry palette adds to the taste appeal. (glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Cooper is a master at transforming dabs and wiggles of paint into people at play (Ballpark, 1998) or architecture (Building, 1999) or vistas (Country Fair, 1997). Read full book review >
DANCE! by Elisha Cooper
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Children who are seriously studying dance might be interested in learning about the professional rehearsal process (which mirrors their own), but this is unlikely to find a wide audience. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The essence of dance is the movement and the music, both difficult to capture in writing, especially so in a work for young children. Read full book review >
BUILDING by Elisha Cooper
Released: April 1, 1999

"The pictures are fascinating and informative; readers will come away with a real understanding of how a building comes into existence. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Cooper (Ballpark, 1998, etc.) once again takes a familiar sight and infuses it with a squiggly magic as he ebulliently illustrates how a vacant lot is transformed by construction. Read full book review >
BALLPARK by Elisha Cooper
Released: March 1, 1998

"Sports fans or not, spectators or athletes, children will be engaged for the full nine innings. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A second picture book from Cooper (Country Fair, 1997), cataloging the timeless pleasures of baseball. Read full book review >
COUNTRY FAIR by Elisha Cooper
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"For city children, for country children—fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cooper's first children's book creates a quirky, engaging look at the sights, sounds, and scents of a country fair. Read full book review >