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
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 >
HOMER by Elisha Cooper
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
ANIMALS
Released: June 8, 2010

When unflappable Beaver accidentally lands in the big city, he encounters challenges finding his way home. Read full book review >

FARM by Elisha Cooper
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

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
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

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
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

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
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

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
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

Magic is the ultimate cat. Read full book review >

ICE CREAM by Elisha Cooper
FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 1, 2002

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
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

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

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
SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1998

A second picture book from Cooper (Country Fair, 1997), cataloging the timeless pleasures of baseball. Read full book review >

COUNTRY FAIR by Elisha Cooper
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Cooper's first children's book creates a quirky, engaging look at the sights, sounds, and scents of a country fair. Whimsical watercolors are all color and squiggle—sometimes Cooper even labels the scenery (as in the first spread, where the words ``blue hill'' appear on same). Read full book review >