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Baabwaa and Wooliam  2018

illustrated by Melissa Sweet

 ". . .this hilarious romp shares a timely and powerful message — that even our enemies can become friends when we discover common threads and common stories." New York Times


  • STARRED Reviews: Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

  • South Carolina Picture Book Award nominee 

  • Maine Lupine Award Honor Book

  • Cybils Award, Fiction Picture Books Finalist

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

  • Selected by Raising Readers as their three millionth book give away

"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.

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this ORQ. (he #1). Boyds Mills 2016

illustrated by Lori Nichols

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this ORQ. (he say "ugh!") Boyds Mills 2015

illustrated by Lori Nichols

"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

" . . . hilariously effective and also apt to tickle and be understood by very young readers . . . . Offbeat and winning." --Kirkus Reviews

" . . .hits the jackpot with its hilarious (and wry) caveman-speak text, huge heart, and utterly lovable illustrations  . . . . 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

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this ORQ. (he cave boy.) Boyds Mills. 2014 illustrated by Lori Nichols

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Nobody's Perfect  Candlewick 2015

illustrated by Sam Zuppardi

". . . 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


". . .  a 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

"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.” -- The New Yorker 


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

  • STARRED review: Publishers Weekly

  • Parents' Choice Award


Finn Throws a Fit! Candlewick 2009

illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering


And Here's to You!   Candlewick 2004

illustrated by Randy Cecil

“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


Elliott’s spare, poetic writing creates a believably childlike dream world, and Grafe’s inky browns, blues and greens match the moody text perfectly. -- Kirkus

Simple, rhyming text is paired with noteworthy, realistically rendered watercolor art that glows with a dreamlike quality…an engaging fantasy. --Booklist

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What the Grizzly Knows   Candlewick 2008

illustrated by Max Grafe

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