Beaver Is Lost


Oh, no—Beaver is lost! Will he ever find his way back home?

In this nearly wordless picture book by Elisha Cooper, winner of a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, a young beaver is accidentally separated from his family. Follow Beaver as he's chased by a dog, visits a zoo, and even finds himself in the middle of a busy city street.

In the vein of beloved classics like Flotsam and Good Night, Gorilla, this book is the perfect ...

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Oh, no—Beaver is lost! Will he ever find his way back home?

In this nearly wordless picture book by Elisha Cooper, winner of a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, a young beaver is accidentally separated from his family. Follow Beaver as he's chased by a dog, visits a zoo, and even finds himself in the middle of a busy city street.

In the vein of beloved classics like Flotsam and Good Night, Gorilla, this book is the perfect gift for future graphic novel enthusiasts. With luminous pencil-and-watercolor illustrations by an artist whose work the New York Times has called "simple and quiet and essentially perfect," Beaver Is Lost is sure to delight animal lovers everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Only four words grace Cooper's (Beach) characteristically understated tale of a beaver whose log ride down the river becomes the first leg of a long urban journey--the log and beaver are soon loaded onto a truck and transported to a city lumberyard. The beaver is always depicted naturalistically, but as it stands atop the log and seems to take in the massive city unfolding before it, there's a hint of realization in its pose that matches the text on the opposite page ("Beaver is lost"). Cooper's dappled watercolors appear in rectangular panels of varying sizes that underscore the heights, depths, and distance the beaver travels. It scurries away from a frisky lumberyard dog, dives beneath an inflatable crocodile in a backyard pool, encounters fellow beavers at the zoo, scampers somewhat comically through pedestrians' legs, and darts after a mouse before eventually swimming "Home" to its dam. Cooper's artwork has a placidity that never allows the city to feel too overwhelming--or frightening. Beaver is always in control and often comes across as curious, making a potentially scary situation an adventure. Ages 3–7. (June)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Beaver's wordless adventure begins on the front end pages, where he spots a floating log. He climbs on it while on the shore loggers are loading logs onto a truck. On the next, the title page, Beaver is atop his log in the load the truck is taking into the big city. His journey continues in framed illustrations, sometimes two on each opposing page, sometimes three long pictures across the gutter, sometimes in a series of smaller scenes. In the city, Beaver is chased by a dog, escapes a crocodile, plays in the zoo, swims past the swan boats, explores a sewer, is guided by a rat to the harbor, and is finally greeted by his friends back "Home." Well-crafted pencil and watercolor scenes tell the tale with low key emotion as Beaver moves consistently from left to right in and out of his encounters in an alien land. The shift from forest to city takes place gradually as does the reverse. Our hero appears large size on the front of the jacket riding into the city; the back and the cover show the water and the forest from which he has come, first in daylight and then at night, with no text at all. There's lots of room for young readers to formulate their own story here. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A young beaver climbs onto a narrow log and floats away from his family. He ends up lost in a vast city where he is chased by a dog, encounters a fake alligator in a swimming pool, passes through the Beaver Exhibit at the zoo, and swims across a lake. The animal emerges onto a crowded street where he follows a mouse down a long flight of stairs to a bay. He swims across the large expanse of water and reaches home late at night, where his family is waiting. This is basically a wordless story, told frame by frame in pictures. The watercolor and ink illustrations are mostly done in soft browns, beiges, and pastels. Youngsters should enjoy following Beaver's trek as he searches for home, perhaps telling the story in their own words.—Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
When unflappable Beaver accidentally lands in the big city, he encounters challenges finding his way home. It all starts when he hops aboard a floating log and ends up on a logging truck heading to the city, where he's chased by a dog, swims in a backyard pool, visits the zoo, escapes into a lake, exits through a culvert, emerges into a street, locates the river and swims home. The sparer-than-minimal text heralds Beaver's arrival in the city with "Beaver is lost" and announces his return to his lodge with "Home." The rest of Beaver's saga unfolds entirely through Cooper's splendid watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. Using a palette of blues, greens and browns, the illustrator tracks Beaver's diminutive figure as he resolutely traverses an alien, urban landscape progressing unflaggingly from left to right across pages and through frames in his solitary, silent journey astride the log, atop the truck, across the pond, through the culvert and city crowds and, eventually, back into the river to swim home. Stunning in their simplicity, these pictures speak a thousand words. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385386524
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 507,344
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Elisha Cooper is the author of Dance!, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book, Beach, A Good Night Walk, Magic Thinks Big, and other picture books. He has also written Crawling: A Father's First Year, a memoir for adults, and Ridiculous/hilarious/terrible/cool: A Year in an American High School, a book for young adults. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two daughters. Learn more about him at

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