8: An Animal Alphabet

by Elisha Cooper

Orchard Books
August 2015

Ages 3 – 5 . Grades PreK – Kindergarten

Library of Congress: 2014030747

Lexile measure: NP

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: LABEL BOOK

Discover hundreds of animals, great and small. Lion and lizard, whale and wombat. Learn one wild fact about each animal. (Did you know that gorillas yawn when they are nervous?) Look carefully, because for each letter of the alphabet, one animal is pictured eight times. Why 8? Come inside and find out.
Elisha Cooper

Elisha Cooper is the award-winning author of Train, which received five starred reviews; Farm, which received starred reviews in Horn Book Magazine and Publishers Weekly; and Beach, which won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. Other picture books include A Good Night Walk, Magic Thinks Big, and Dance!, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Elisha Cooper lives with his family in New York City. For more information, go to


  • Praise for 8: An Animal Alphabet :

    * "Cooper's loose watercolor images are arranged harmoniously against spacious white backgrounds…The heavy paper will withstand repeated viewings, which are guaranteed. Don't get behind the eight ball: order now; it's great fun." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * "It’s a feast of fauna!" -- Booklist, starred review

    * "Illustrated with joy, this is an alphabet book to pore over, worth adding to any collection." -- School Library Journal, starred review

    * "A skillfull blending of counting and matching elements into an animal-themed abecedary." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Praise for Train :

    * "A poetic, beautifully conceived book." --Booklist, starred review

    * "The loose watercolor-and-pencil artwork hums with activity and energy." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * "Cooper's signature sun-bleached watercolors beautifully convey human achievements and nature's grandeur through both detail and a range of scale." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Praise for Farm :

    * "It's as thorough and pleasing an introduction to a farm as one could ask of a picture book." -- The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

    * "The graceful text and serenely stunning illustrations create a portrait both reverent and realistic." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Praise for Beach :

    Society of Illustrators Gold Medal (2006)

    "Cooper's portrayal of a day at the shore is generous with such minutiae; his fondness for his subject is evident and infectious." -- School Library Journal



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545470834

40pp. | 9-½ x 11-½