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THE PUMPKIN SOUP TRILOGY

PUMPKIN SOUP
(1998)

Winner
1998 Kate Greenaway medal

Deep in the woods there's an old white cabin with pumpkins in the garden.

There's a good smell of soup, and at night, with luck, you might see a bagpiping Cat in the window, and a Squirrel with a banjo, and a small singing Duck. Everyone has their own jobs to do. Everyone is happy... or so it seems.... until one day Duck, the littlest one, decides it's his turn to stir the soup.

Winner 1998 Kate Greenaway medal
Shortlisted Kurt Maschler Award
Guardian Book of the Week
Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month
Ottakar's Children's Book of the Month

"Both a musical comedy and a visual feast...the trio are outrageously attractive characters."
THE TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

"A highly inventive, witty slant on friendship and sharing which children of ages three and up will adore." THE BOOKSELLER

"A steamy mouth-watering triumph of a book." THE GUARDIAN


A PIPKIN OF PEPPER
(2003)

This is a book about being lost and what to do if it happens to you.

Duck, Cat, and Squirrel, who first appear in ‘Pumpkin Soup’, leave the domestic drama of the old white cabin in search of salt in the city. Duck delays too long at the window of a pepper shop and is left behind. Lost in the city! And all because of a Pipkin of Pepper. How should he find his friends again.

"A spectacular sequel to Pumpkin Soup. . . .  close the covers, and then hear the cries for more."
JANE DOONAN, THE TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

"Glorious."  THE SCOTSMAN

"Beautifully laid out and rich in both words and pictures, A Pipkin of Pepper is a sumptuous treat."
THE GUARDIAN


DELICIOUS!
(2006)

Inside this book you will find a recipe for trouble.

The ingredients: no ripe pumpkins for the pumpkin soup, one hungry cat, one impatient squirrel, one very difficult Duck. Mix together with a pipkin of salt, a pinch of pepper, and a very big recipe book, for a delicious cooking story from Cat, Duck, and Squirrel. Pumpkin Soup was their favourite food, but now they need to try something new. Duck, like all fussy eaters does not like anything different… at first...

"Gorgeous and funny"   CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER

"Delightful and beautifully illustrated story deals with the problem of picky eating."  THE WEEK

"A treat to read aloud." KATE AGNEW, THE GUARDIAN

"Detailed and colourful illustrations you can lose yourself in." CHARLIE HIGSON, MAIL ON SUNDAY


OTHER PICTURE BOOKS

DOG BISCUIT
(2008)

Helen's newest picture book title for 2009.

A story about a young girl who transforms into a dog.

Currently longlisted for the 2010 Kate Greenaway medal

"Hugely imaginative dog fantasy carries the reader on a wild and explosive night-time caper."
THE TIMES

"Cooper is an assured storyteller."  THE EVENING STANDARD

"Helen Cooper surpasses her wildly successful Pumpkin Soup with this touching story about the power of childhood imagination.....and there is a recipe for delicious non Dog Biscuits at the end of the story."
IRISH POST

"She is the quintessential children's illustrator," MICHAEL THORN, CAROUSEL

THE GUARDIAN'S FULL REVIEW CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING HERE

Three professionally produced teachers' notes have been created for this book. Find them on the TEACHERS' NOTES page.


THE BABY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED

Winner
1996 Kate Greenaway medal

"Bedtime," says the Mother. "NO." says the Baby.

He zooms away for a twilight adventure. He meets a tiger, and an army of soldiers, a train full of toys and a band of musicians. Noone wants to play at this time of night, not even the moon, and soon he is lost. But someone is awake, and coming nearer, and nearer. Someone who loves the baby ever so much.

Winner of the 1996 Kate Greenaway medal
Winner of Parent’s magazine Play and Learn Award
Gold award winner Right start/Petit filous Best Toy Awards
Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month

"Enchanting" MAIL ON SUNDAY

"A perfect bedtime picture book, and a memorable extended metaphor for being loved."
THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

"A real dream of a book about bedtime." MOTHER AND BABY MAGAZINE

"Wonderful even by her standards" BOOKS FOR KEEPS

(1996) Doubleday/Picture Corgi (UK), Dial (USA)


TATTY RATTY
(2001)
Doubleday/Picture Corgi (UK)
Farrar Straus Giroux (USA)

LOST! HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BRAVE AND ADVENTUROUS RABBIT?

Tatty-Ratty is lost. Molly and Mum can’t find him. He was last seen on a green and red bus, seemingly on the way to a bookshop. He could be anywhere now. Maybe he’s driving a train. Or eating porridge with the Three Bears. One thing is for sure...nobody will get much sleep until he comes home.

Shortlisted 2001 Kate Greenaway medal
Shortlisted Norfolk Libraries Children's Book Award

"A delightfully reflective book that demands many readings"
Julie Eccleshare, THE GUARDIAN

"Vibrant and jewel-like colours emitting a warmth that all readers can share."
THE BOOKSELLER

"A wise and respectful tribute to children's storytelling powers." PUBLISHING NEWS USA


THE BEAR UNDER THE STAIRS
(1993) Doubleday/Picture Corgi (UK)
Dial/Puffin (USA)

William knows there's a great big Bear living under the stairs.

He saw it, (sort of,) and it seems hungry. To keep the Bear at bay he feeds it scraps of food. ... Until Mum sniffs out the funny smell, sends William's fear packing, (and the Bear as well.)

Winner of the Smarties Young Judges prize
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal
Short listed for the TSB Children's book award
Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month

"Beautifully illustrated dreamy book dealing with the fears born of children"s imaginings"
TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

"A remarkable picture book which deserves to become a classic" BOOKS FOR KEEPS

"A lovely book about overcoming childhood fear" MOTHER AND BABY


LITTLE MONSTER DID IT!
(1995)
Doubleday/picture corgi (UK) Dial(USA)
It was peaceful and quiet in Amy's house until Little Monster arrived.

Little Monster loves Amy. But he doesn't love the new baby. He's the one who floods the bathroom, wakes the baby and feels left out. Why does everyone think it's Amy?

Booksellers pick of the lists, American Bookseller magazine

"A book to delight cat lovers, children, and adults alike." BOOKS FOR KEEPS

"The text has a dramatic quality,perfect for reading aloud." JUNIOR EDUCATION

"Rich watercolour illustrations and brief text catch the mood of this independent animal as well as the loneliness and displacement moving house can bring." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL


HOUSE CAT
(1993)
Scholastic (UK/USA)

This is the house where Tom-Cat lives.

Two families live here, one upstairs, one downstairs, but Tom-Cat lives in all the house, for he is the House-Cat. What will happen to him when one of the families moves house?

Selected for the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award. (USA)

"A book to delight cat lovers, children, and adults alike." BOOKS FOR KEEPS

"The text has a dramatic quality,perfect for reading aloud." JUNIOR EDUCATION

"Rich watercolour illustrations and brief text catch the mood of this independent animal as well as the loneliness and displacement moving house can bring." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL


TOY TALES
(1994, reissue 2000)

There are only a few outstanding authors who seem to understand implicitly what constitutes a good story, but Helen Cooper is one of them." CHILD EDUCATION

"Should soon become a firm favourite with younger children." NURSERY WORLD

"Exquisitely illustrated and perfect for bedtime reading." BOOKCASE

(1994, reissue 2000) Omnibus edition of four previously published mini books:
The Tale of Bear/Duck/Pig/Frog) Doubleday (UK), Farrar Straus Giroux (USA)


CHESTNUT GREY
(1993)
Listed in Children's Books of the Year 1993

A magical spell... a fair princess...an impossible quest.

Ivan the youngest son captures, rides, and masters an enchanted horse in this retelling of a traditional Russian folktale. (The horse drawings were researched at the Bafran Arab stud in Spiez, Switzerland).

"Filed with all the wonderful conventions of story that children love, matched with superb atmospheric pictures." CHILD EDUCATION

"A moonlit ,dreamlike world of soft focus country side and onion domed architecture."
TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

"A silver and grey horse prances through the pages of this delightful book." JUNIOR EDUCATION

"Helen Cooper is both storyteller and artist...the result is a book of real quality."
THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN


SANDMARE

The Sandmare is only a drawing.

She’ll crumble back to sand at the turn of the tide if she doesn’t escape from the beach. “Reach for the stars.” says the Glass Horse. “You may not get there, but you may not end up back where you started.” But how far can the Sandmare go in just one night?