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ATTENTION  PARENTS, TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, HOMESCHOOLERS. Candlewick has designed a teachers' guide for this text along with the other four books in the series: On the Farm, In the Wild,  In the Sea, and On the Wing. Complete with lesson plans and worksheets and aligned to Common Core Standards for grades 1–4, this guide can be used as a learning resource in classrooms, at libraries, for book events, or by parents to extend and reinforce the educational aspects of the series.  For a free, downloadable copy, all you need do is contact me. I'll send it right along.

         Parents' Guide to Media Award

  • Parents Guide to Media Award

  • New York Public Library Best Book

  • NCTE Notable Book

  • Booklist Editor's Choice 2018

  • Book Links Lasting Connection

  • Texas Topaz

  • 101 Best Books for Kids/ Evanston PL

  • Mr. Brian's Picture Book Pic

Illustrated by Matthew Trueman

Candlewick Press

Spring 2018

 

It’s not just dinosaurs profiled here; the book heads all the way into the Quaternary period (that’s the one we’re currently in) and introduces creatures like the saber-toothed tiger (“Smilodon”) and the Woolly Mammoth (“Mammuthus”). Trueman’s full-bleed, vibrant portraits bring these long-extinct animals to energetic life, and a final spread offers up more scientific facts. A journey into the past that’s a visual and linguistic joy.  -- Booklist (starred)

A dramatic portrait gallery of some of our planet's former residents down through the eras, with pithy odes in rhymed or free verse...Many of the informal facts and observations he adds at the end are just as memorably phrased. Highlights from life's last 544 million years infused with humor and wonder. -- Kirkus (starred)

Prehistoric beasts are an evergreen favorite among kids, and this wonderful combination of art, poetry, and science is a great addition to libraries. -- School Library Journal (starred)

In this terrific picture book for 3- to 7-year-olds, we see the coiled terror of the snaky Titanoboa, a mist of blood around his attacking jaws. And here is the nightmarish Yutyrannus, feathered like a chicken and built like a T. rex. David Elliott has written captivating odes, at turns jaunty and wise, for each animal. --Wall Street Journal

  • Cybils Award, Picture Book Finalist

  • Lupine Honor Award

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

  • CCBC Choice 2018

Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Candlewick Press

September 2017

Written by David Elliott, this hilarious romp shares a timely and powerful message — that even our enemies can become friends when we discover common threads and common stories. Melissa Sweet’s outstanding art is whimsical and playful.
—The New York Times Book Review

Elliott's tale is cleverly humorous and a joy to read aloud. Sweet's illustrations in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media are a stellar accompaniment...The characters are all highly expressive, and the graph paper and strands of yarn in the page design add to the nonstop merriment. Great for knitters, for readers, for fun-seeking adventurers.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Elliott’s droll sense of humor generates lots of laughs—"It says here I’m cruel and sneaky!" complains the wolf after learning how to read. "And your point?" responds Wooliam—which Sweet (Some Writer!) capitalizes on in mixed-media scenes that embody the simultaneous dopiness and intrepidness of the sheep, as well as the wolf’s mix of menace and vulnerability. An off-kilter adventure with charm to spare.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

With illustrations created in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, this picture book is sure to hold the attention of early elementary children...A fun modern take on the big bad wolf. The colorful visuals warmly convey the drama and excitement of the enjoyable text.
—School Library Journal

  • Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2017

  • Booklist Editor's Choice 2017

  • Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book 2017

  • New York Public Library Best Book for Teens 2017

  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

  • Cybils Award, Poetry Finalist

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

March 2017

 

"Beautifully clever."—Weekend Edition Saturday

★ “Razor-sharp rhyme schemes and sly, vicious humor make Bull a bawdy yet sophisticated romp, a literary feast fit for the gods.” – Shelf Awareness, starred review

★ "Elliott contemporizes the ancient story of blackmail, betrayal, and revenge with humor, poignancy, and profanity . . . . the personalities and voices Elliott brings to these mythical characters make this powerful and engrossing book a genre of its own." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "...Elliott’s clever verse version of the classical story of the Minotaur: its title, Bull, is topically and colloquially apt." —Horn Book, starred review

★ “There’s nothing half-blooded or Disneyfied in David Elliott’s energetic, multi- voiced verse novel retelling . . . . Brief, useful notes explain both the liberties taken with the myth and choices of form for each character. Nods to Hamilton are inevitable, but whether or not Lin-Manuel Miranda had anything to do with inspiring what we hope will be a trend of transforming old stories into hip-hop gold, all readers and educators can say at this point is keep ’em coming.” —Bulletin, starred review

★ "Elliott's absolutely magnetic rhythms will wake up any high school class, and the book could also work as a play. Irresistible, slick, and sharp (no bull!)—with plenty of bull to dissect." —Kirkus, starred review

★ "This striking reexamination of the Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur [is] a conceit that easily could have floundered; in Elliott’s capable hands, it soars." 
— Booklist, starred 

The Pipeline

 

I'm very fortunate to have several books in production. 

IN THE WOODS  Picture Book.  Illustrated by the great Rob Dunlavey. Another in the Candlewick poetry series. Familiar woodland creatures.  March 2018.

VOICES: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. March 2018. A novel in medieval verse told from the POV of the objects and people in Joan's life. March 2018.

AT THE POND. Picture book. Candlewick Press.

Illustrator and pub date TBD.

 

AT THE POLES.  Picture Book. Candlewick Press. Illustrator and pub date TBD.

RED BIG. Picture Book. Disney Hyperion. Illustrator and pub date. TBD.

Illustrated by Lori Nichols

Boyds Mills Press

Fall 2016

"A celebration of inventiveness, this book will comfort any child who has ever lost a friendly (or not-so-friendly) competition. "--Indiebound '

"Elliott's hilarious, clipped prose is the star of this third ORQ adventure." --Kirkus

  • British, Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Hungarian, Korean and Chinese editions.

Illustrated by Lori Nichols

Boyds Mills Press

2015

 

"Even in prehistoric times, a pet is a boy's best friend and a bully, his worst enemy…There's abundant drollery in both Elliott's terse text and Nichols' mischievous pictures…Wacky and well-tuned to the preschool sense of humor." —Kirkus

 

"Elliott’s halting cave-speak and Nichols’s expressive cartooning make for some very funny scenes…" —Publishers Weekly

 

"Rich in humor….recommended for all collections." —School Library Journal"

Illustrated by Sam Zuppardi

Candlewick Press

2015

 

 ". . .  just as the boy is a work in progress, so is his world, exuberant with color and frenzied detail. ... In this era of striving for parental perfection, the idea that imperfections are no reason to despair is a pretty good theme for a picture book and should be appreciated by both reader and listener alike." --Booklist

 

"David Elliott offers 4- to 8-year-olds a bit of emotional release in this . . .  picture book whose jaunty tone and charitable theme are perfectly matched by Sam Zuppardi’s bright, explosive, scribbly illustrations." --Wall Street Journal

 

  • Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year

  • Alabama Camellia Children's Choices Book Award nominee: K-1 Division category

  • CCBC Choices

Ilustrated by Lori NIchols

Boyds Mill Press

2014

 

" Elliott's text . . . is hilariously effective and also apt to tickle and be understood by very young readers . . . . Nichols' digitally colored pencil illustrations are simple and slyly humorous. Offbeat and winning." --Kirkus Reviews

 

" . . .hits the jackpot with its hilarious (and wry) caveman-speak text, huge heart, and utterly lovable illustrations by newcomer Lori Nichols . . . . I predict big things for this little book." --Elizabeth Bluemle, Shelftalker

 

  • State Award Nominations: North Carolina, New Hampshire, Wyoming.

  • French, Spanish, German, Hungarian, Korean, Chinese, Turkish. Portuguese, Swedish editions

ATTENTION  PARENTS, TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, HOMESCHOOLERS. Candlewick has designed a teachers' guide for this text along with the other four books in the series: On the Farm, In the Wild,  In the Sea, and In the Past. Complete with lesson plans and worksheets and aligned to Common Core Standards for grades 1–4, this guide can be used as a learning resource in classrooms, at libraries, for book events, or by parents to extend and reinforce the educational aspects of the series.  For a free, downloadable copy, all you need do is contact me. I'll send it right along.

illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

Candlewick Press

2014

 

''From the graceful cranes flying across its wraparound cover to the single feather on the title page to the soaring eagle at the end, this book astounds. "  --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

 

"Many of the pieces have a rhythmic, chirping quality that make them perfect read-alouds. Bird lovers, poetry enthusiasts, and children looking for a fun read will flock to this stunning title." --School Library Journal (starred)

 

  • 2016/2017 Volunteer State Book Award (Nominated)

  •  NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts

  • SLJ best books of 2014

ATTENTION  PARENTS, TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, HOMESCHOOLERS. Candlewick has designed a teachers' guide for this text along with the other four books in the series: On the Farm, In the Wild,  On the Wing, and In the Past. Complete with lesson plans and worksheets and aligned to Common Core Standards for grades 1–4, this guide can be used as a learning resource in classrooms, at libraries, for book events, or by parents to extend and reinforce the educational aspects of the series.  For a free, downloadable copy, all you need do is contact me. I'll send it right along.

illustrated by Holly Meade

Candlewick Press

2013

 

"A magnificent merger of words and images. It will not only appeal to poetry fans, but to all those children who marvel over the mysteries of the deep." --Booklist (starred)

 

". . . Elliott’s brief poems are a linguistic treat." --Publisher's         Weekly

 

"Elliott’s poems are short and pithy, often combining elegant metaphor and child-friendly diction. “ --KIrkus Reviews

  • Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award

  • Bank Street College Best Children;s Book

  •  Cybils Award, Poetry Category

  •  ALA Notable Children's Books

ATTENTION  PARENTS, TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, HOMESCHOOLERS. Candlewick has designed a teachers' guide for this text along with the other four books in the series: On the Farm, In the Sea, On the Wing, and In the Past. Complete with lesson plans and worksheets and aligned to Common Core Standards for grades 1–4, this guide can be used as a learning resource in classrooms, at libraries, for book events, or by parents to extend and reinforce the educational aspects of the series.  For a free, downloadable copy, all you need do is contact me. I'll send it right along.

  •  Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award Nominee

  •  Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee

  •  Hawaii State Public Library's Children's Science Book Project

  • Ladybug Picture Book Award

  • ALA (American Library Association) Notable Children's Books

  • Texas 2x2 Reading List Selection

  • New York Public Library: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books

  • IndieBound Kids's Next List

illustrated by Holly Meade

Candlewick Press

2O10

 

 

 

"The poems are read-aloud gems, and the book is versatile in both audience and potential uses." --School Library Journal (starred)

 

"A stunning combination of poems and illustrations. . . ." Kirkus Reviews (starred)

 

"At first you might think that the pictures by Holly Meade will be everything . . . . But then you’ll start reading David Elliott’s remarkable poems…." --Baltimore Sun

 

illustrated by Paul Meisel

Candlewick Press

paperback 2010

 

“The camaraderie among the friends, the believable dialogue, and the rewarding enterprises are attractively presented in manageable chapters that invite youngsters to join in the fun.” --Booklist“

 

"An easygoing tale about summer days filled with friends, clubhouses, and lemonade stands.” --School Library Journal

 

  • Parents Guide to Media Award

illustrated by Paul Meisel

Candlewick Press

paperback 2010

 

“The dialogue is humorous and the comical pup mascot provides additional chuckles. Meisel’s colorful watercolor-and-ink cartoons bring the mulitcultural suburban neighborhood to life and draw readers into the club’s activities as well.” –School Library Journal

 

“Bringing to light carefree summer days and the intimacy of hideouts with good friends, Elliott highlights the benefits of working as a group and the rewards of compromise.” --Kirkus Reviews

 

"Quick-paced dialogue, brief sentences and a generous smattering of art make this a solid choice for youngsters ready to step up from picture books.” –Publishers Weekly

 

  • Bank Street College Best Children's Book

  • Parents Guide to Media Award

  • Children's Literature Choice

  • Parents' Choice Award

illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Candlewick Press

2009

 

"Droll text and exuberant illustrations render a toddler's tantrum in all its magnificence."--Publishers Weekly (starred)

 

 “This wise book acknowledges that childish anger can’t be willed away, but also suggests that parents and children can ride out the storm together.” Daniel Zalewski, The New

Yorker 

 

"Finn Throws a Fit is an absolute must have for anyone who has – or has ever had – an angry toddler.” –Guardian Observer (UK)

 

  • Chickadee Award Nominee

  • Capitol Choices List of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, Master List - Grades K-2

  • Cybils Award, Poetry Category

  • Texas 2x2 Reading List Selection

  • ALA  Notable Children's Books

  • ALSC Notables Nominee

  • Book Sense Children's Picks List Selection

illustrated by Holly Meade

Candlewick Press

2008

 

"Handsome…From toddlers to the youngest poets, children will delight in the fun and beauty on display here." --Booklist (starred)

 

"From an alluring cover with a rooster in full crow to its concluding, gently ironic ode to the silence of rabbits, this book will make an unusually interesting choice for farm-animal storytimes.” –The Horn Book (starred)

 

"Elliott’s little verses pack a deceptive punch." --The Washington Post

 

 

Random House

2008

 

"Take a liberal base of Dickens, throw in a healthy helping of Dahl and spice with a bit of Margo Lanagan, and you might approximate the recipe that yielded this fey little fantasy. . . entertaining and thought-provoking.” --Kirkus Reviews

 

“This comical story promises to delight while delving into such serious topics as child homelessness and a need for belonging.” --School Library Journal

illustrated by Randy Cecil

Candlewick Press

2004

 

“Together, the words and pictures create a powerful package that conveys a sense of appreciation for all living things.” --School Library Journal

 

“Elliott’s cup runneth over with good cheer in this rhymed toast to people–and not just the two-legged variety, either. . . . This will have young readers and listeners calling for another round.” --Kirkus Reviews

 

  • New York Times Best Seller

  • International Reading Association’s Children’s Choice

  • Featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition.

Available as ebook only

All platforms

 

“The wacky plot and quirky details . . . will appeal to young and reluctant readers who like their fiction light and offbeat.”---School & Library Journal

 

“Colorful plot twists and character names combine with sassy first-person narration and snappy dialogue to skew the proceedings a few thoroughly enjoyable degrees off normal.” -- Publishers Weekly.

 


 

  • Book Sense 76 Pick

  • Bank Street College Best of the Best

  • State Award Nominations: Arizona, Hawaii, New Hampshire

All good things must come to an end. These books are currently out of print, but the intrepid among you can find them online, or better yet at your local library.

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