Helen Cooper (illustrator)

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Helen F. Cooper (born 1963 in London) is a British illustrator and an author of children's picture books.

Cooper has twice been awarded the Kate Greenaway Medals from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject.[1][2] She won for The Boy Who Wouldn't Go To Bed in 1996, which she wrote and illustrated.[3] In 1998 she won for Pumpkin Soup, which she also wrote and illustrated. They were consecutive projects for her.[4]

Beside winning the two Greenaway Medals (no one has won three), Cooper made the shortlist for The Bear Under the Stairs (Doubleday, 1993) and Tatty Ratty (Doubleday, 2001).[5][6]

Cooper is married to the American illustrator and picture book artist Ted Dewan. He was a commended runner up for the 2000 Greenaway for Crispin: The Pig Who Had It All.[7]

Her one published book as a writer, beside her solo picture books, is a 75-page novella that Dewan illustrated: Sandmare (London: Young Corgi, 2001; ISBN 978-0-552-54717-8).[8][9]

WorldCat reports that Pumpkin Soup is her work most widely held in participating libraries.[10]

Works[edit]

Cooper is both the writer and the illustrator of twelve published picture books and a set of four "mini-books" about toy animals (1994), later packaged in English, Spanish, and Catalan languages as Toy Tales (1999).[10] She has illustrated a few books by other writers[5] and written one book with another illustrator, as noted.

  • Kit and the Magic Kite (1987)
  • Lucy and the Eggwitch (1989), by Moira Miller
  • Solomon's Secret (1989), by Saviour Pirotta
  • Ella and the Rabbit (1990)
  • Christmas Stories for the Very Young (1990), a collection edited by Sally Grindley
  • The Owl and the Pussycat (1991), an edition of the classic by Edward Lear
  • Chestnut Grey (1993)
  • The Bear Under the Stairs (1993)
  • The House Cat (1993)
  • Toy Tales (1994; 1999 omnibus under one title)
    • The tale of bear
    • The tale of frog
    • The tale of duck
    • The tale of pig
  • Little Monster Did It! (1995)
  • The Boy Who Wouldn't Go To Bed (1996)
  • Pumpkin Soup (1998)
  • Tatty Ratty (2001)
  • Sandmare (Corgi, 2001), written by Cooper and illustrated by Ted Dewan
  • A Pipkin of Pepper (2003 or 2004) — sequel to Pumpkin Soup
  • Delicious (2006) — sequel to Pumpkin Soup
  • Dog Biscuit (2008)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Greenaway Winner 1996). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. ^ (Greenaway Winner 1998). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  3. ^ Brennan, Geraldine (1997). "Drawing On Memories Of Vegas". TES: Times Educational Supplement. 4229 (9). 
  4. ^ "Helen Cooper". Authors: A–Z. The Random House Group. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Picture Books Main Page". Helen Cooper. Retrieved 3 September 2012. (See also the left menu.)
  6. ^ Press Desk (directory). CILIP. Retrieved 16 July 2012. Quote: "media releases relating to the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards in date order." (2002 to 2006 releases concern 2001 to 2005 awards.)
  7. ^ "Carnegie Medal Award". 2007(?). Curriculum Lab. Elihu Burritt Library. Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  8. ^ Sandmare in libraries (WorldCat catalog). Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  9. ^ "SANDMARE by Helen Cooper, Ted Dewan". Kirkus Reviews, 15 January 2003. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Cooper, Helen (Helen F.)". WorldCat. Retrieved 1 December 2012.

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