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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Matthew Cordell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1975 in Greenville, South Carolina

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Illinois Connection

Cordell lived in Chicago and now lives in Gurnee with his wife, Illinois author, Julie Halpern.

Biographical and Professional Information

Matthew Cordell's artistic passions led him to Chicago. This is where he met his wife and discovered his love for children's books. While he is a popular illustrator for other children's authors, he also writes and illustrates his own books.

Published Works

    Books written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell:
  • Trouble Gum, Feiwel and Friends, 2009
  • Another Brother, Feiwel & Friends, 2012
  • hello! hello!, Disney-Hyperion, 2012
  • Wolf in the Snow, Feiwel & Friends, 2017Wish Series
  • Wish, Disney-Hyperion, 2015
  • Dream, Disney-Hyperion, 2017Books Illustrated by Matthew Cordell:
  • The Gorilla of Gill Park , Holiday House, 2003 - written by Amy Gordon
  • Toby and the Snowflakes, Houghton Mifflin, 2004 - written by Cordell's wife, Julie Halpern
  • Return to Gill Park, Holiday House, 2006 - written by Amy Gordon
  • Righty & Lefty, Scholastic Press, 2007 - written by Rachel Vail
  • The Moon is La Luna: Silly Rhymes in English and Spanish, Houghton Mifflin, 2007 - written by Jay M. Harris
  • TOOT! TOOT! ZOOM!, Candlewick Press, 2008 - written by Phyllis Root
  • Mighty Casey, Feiwel and Friends, 2008 - written by James Preller
  • Leap Back Home to Me, Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011 - written by Lauren Thompson
  • Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters, Square Fish, 2011 - written by Rachel Vail
  • Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, Abrams, 2011 - written by Julie Sternberg
  • Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems, HarperCollins, 2012 - written by Gail Carson Levine
  • Itsy-Bitsy Baby Mouse, Simon & Schuster, 2012 - written by Michelle Meadows
  • Bat and Rat, Abrams, 2012 - written by Patrick Jennings
  • If You Were a Chocolate Mustache, WordSong, 2012 - written by J. Patrick Lewis
  • Like Bug Juice on a Burger, Abrams, 2013 - written by Julie Sternberg
  • What Floats in a Moat?, Simon & Schuster, 2013 - written by Lynne Berry
  • Ollie and Claire, Philomel Books, 2013 - written by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
  • Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom, Square Fish, 2013 - written by Rachel Vail
  • Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake, Abrams, 2014 - written by Julie Sternberg
  • Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully, Feiwel & Friends, 2014 - written by Rachel Vail
  • Rooting for You, Disney-Hyperion, 2014 - written by Susan Hood
  • Special Delivery, Roaring Brook Press, 2015 - written by Philip C. Stead
  • Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse, HMH, 2015 - written by Tamera Will Wissinger
  • First Grade Dropout, Clarion Books, 2015 - written by Audrey Vernick
  • Lost. Found., Roaring Brook Press, 2015 - written by Marsha Diane Arnold
  • The Knowing Book, Boyds Mills Press, 2016 - written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Leaps and Bounce, Disney-Hyperion, 2016 - written by Susan Hood
  • Bob, Not Bob!, Disney-Hyperion, 2017 - written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick
  • Second Grade Holdout, Clarion, 2017 - written by Audrey Vernick
  • The Only Fish in the Sea'', Roaring Brook Press, 2017 - written by Philip C. Stead
  • Hope, Disney-Hyperion, 2019

Selected Titles At Your Library

Trouble gum /
ISBN: 0312387741. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York :. 2009.

Playing indoors with his little brother on a rainy day, a rambunctious young pig causes a ruckus and then breaks his mother's three chewing gum rules.

Another brother /
ISBN: 0312643241. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York :. 2012.

Davy the sheep wishes he had time alone with his parents, as he did before his twelve brothers came along and started imitating his every move, but when his wish comes true Davy misses playing with the youngsters.

Hello! hello! /
ISBN: 1423159063. OCLC Number:

Disney Hyperion Books,. New York :. c2012.

A child seeks a way to communicate with parents and a brother who are busy with their electronic devices.

Wolf in the snow /
ISBN: 1250076366. OCLC Number:

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When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm they must find their way home.

Wish /
ISBN: 148470875X. OCLC Number:

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When an elephant couple decides it is time to have a child, unexpected challenges arise but, at last, the pair's deepest wish comes true.

Dream /
ISBN: 1484773403. OCLC Number:

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"Follows a gorilla family as they imagine their baby's future.

The Gorillas of Gill Park /
ISBN: 0823417514. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2003.

While spending the summer before seventh grade with his aunt, Willy Wilson finds his first friends ever in the colorful characters who all love the neighborhood park owned by an eccentric old man.

Toby and the snowflakes /
ISBN: 0618420045. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 2004.

Lonely after his best friend moves away, Toby finds new playmates in the talking snowflakes that begin to fall.

Return to Gill Park /
ISBN: 0823419983. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2006.

When thirteen-year-old Willy Wilson returns to Gloria to enroll in Gill Park Gallery School, he finds himself in the middle of a politically backed struggle to save the park and to solve a treasure hunt.

Righty and Lefty :
ISBN: 0439636299. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Press,. New York :. 2007.

Even though Lefty and Righty like different things, they find they must learn to get along together without tripping over each other.

The moon is la luna :
ISBN: 0618646450. OCLC Number:

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Easy-to-read text introduces Spanish words and rhymes them with English ones that are sometimes very different, as well as providing advice on using words that are much the same.

Toot toot zoom! /
ISBN: 0763634522. OCLC Number:

Candlewick Press,. Somerville, Mass. :. 2009.

Pierre the fox goes on a road trip to find a friend.

Mighty Casey /
ISBN: 0312367643. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York :. 2009.

The Delmar Dogs baseball team is terrible, especially Casey Jenkins, but with a little bit of faith in themselves, they finally manage to win a game.

Leap back home to me /
ISBN: 1416906649. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. ©2011.

A little frog makes increasingly bold leaps out into the world, and then comes back to his mother after each excursion.

Justin Case :
ISBN: 0312563574. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York :. 2010.

"It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn't seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he's lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can't tell anyone, because technically he's too old to still have stuffed animals. Right?"--Publisher.

Like pickle juice on a cookie /
ISBN: 0810984245. OCLC Number:

Amulet Books,. New York :. 2011.

When nine-year-old Eleanor's beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one.

Forgive me, I meant to do it :
ISBN: 0061787256. OCLC Number:

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Inspired by William Carlos William's famous poem, "This Is Just to Say," a collection of ironic apology poems imagines how tricksters really feel about the mischief they make.

Itsy-bitsy baby mouse /
ISBN: 1416937862. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2012.

A baby mouse gets lost and experiences frightening adventures before finding his way back home to his parents.

Bat and Rat /
ISBN: 1419701606. OCLC Number:

Abrams Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2012.

One night at the Hotel Midnight, the lyrics written and sung by jazz musician Rat are those inspired by his friendship with Bat, who plays the piano and writes the tunes.

If you were a chocolate mustache :
ISBN: 159078927X. OCLC Number:

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Riddles, limericks, story poems, nonsense rhymes, haiku, and other poetic forms seasoned with funny art by Cordell.

Like bug juice on a burger /
ISBN: 1419701908. OCLC Number:

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"As the days go on, nine-year-old Eleanor realizes that maybe being at summer camp isn't so bad after all, and is full of special surprises"--

What floats in a moat? /
ISBN: 1416997636. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2013.

While trying to cross a moat, Archimedes the Goat and Skinny the Hen learn why objects sink or float.

Ollie and Claire /
ISBN: 0399256032. OCLC Number:

Philomel Books,. New York :. ©2013.

Bored with her ho-hum routine with her best friend Ollie, Claire secretly plans a new adventure with a mystery person.

Justin Case :
ISBN: 1250027233. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York :. 2012.

"Justin is going to start fourth grade-but first, he has to survive the summer. He "gets" to go to camp every day on a bus. He "gets" to experience all sorts of new things: Bugs. Mess hall food. Flip-flops (they hurt the space between his toes and they're hard to walk in). And (gulp!) swimming. Justin's little sister, Elizabeth, seems to deal with camp just fine. So do his friends. Justin is trying very hard not to be a worried kid anymore, especially when it comes to making friends at camp, including a new kid who is kind of ... rough. After all, Justin is going to be in fourth grade. It's time to be brave. Right?"--Jacket.

Like carrot juice on a cupcake /
ISBN: 1419710338. OCLC Number:

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A new girl at school throws nine-year-old Eleanor's relationship with her best friend Pearl into disarray.

Rules, tools, and maybe a bully /
ISBN: 1250039789. OCLC Number:

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Embarking on a new school year filled with friends, tests, and other worries, Justin Case records the tribulations of fourth grade in his diary while struggling to outmaneuver a local bully.

Rooting for you :
ISBN: 1423152301. OCLC Number:

Disney*Hyperion,. New York :. 2013.

A seed, afraid but bored in the dark soil, decides to put out one little root, then one little shoot, before learning that there are plenty of friends around for encouragement.

Special delivery /
ISBN: 1596439319. OCLC Number:

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"A little girl goes on a long journey to deliver an elephant to her great aunt"--

Gone fishing :
ISBN: 0544439317. OCLC Number:

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In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. Includes primer on rhyme, poetry techniques, rhythm, stanzas, and poetic forms.

First grade dropout /
ISBN: 0544129857. OCLC Number:

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After an embarrassing incident, a young boy decides to quit school.

Lost. found. /
ISBN: 1626720177. OCLC Number:

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When a bear loses his bright red scarf in the woods, it is found--and lost again--by a series of animals that use it to keep warm or to have fun, but they disagree over who really owns it and cause a problem that only the scarf's true owner can fix.

The knowing book /
ISBN: 1590789261. OCLC Number:

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"This story begins and ends with the sky that is always above you. In between, a young rabbit travels through the wide world, experiencing joy and sorrow and all the wonder that the world has to offer. Along the way he chooses a path, explores the unknown, and ventures along trails on and off the map. And at the end of the journey, braver and more confident, he returns home, the place he can always count on and will always know."--Provided by

Leaps and bounce /
ISBN: 1423152344. OCLC Number:

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Illustrations and rhyming text follow a small group of tadpoles as they undergo a change, from tiny, tailed swimmers to leaping frogs.

Bob, not Bob! /
ISBN: 1484723023. OCLC Number:

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"When a young boy gets a cold, he just wants his mommy. But his stuffy nose makes it difficult for him to call out to his mom--not 'Bob, ' who happens to be the family dog"--

Second grade holdout /
ISBN: 0544876814. OCLC Number:

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Missing the familiarity of first grade and imagining the impossible tasks assigned by his next teacher, a boy refuses to start second grade.

The only fish in the sea /
ISBN: 162672282X. OCLC Number:

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Sadie and Sherman set out to rescue Ellsworth, the goldfish Little Amy Scott received for her birthday and threw right into the ocean.

Hope /
ISBN: 1484773411. OCLC Number:

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"Two lions celebrate their grandchild and express all the ways this new life has expanded their world, and the hope they hold for his future"--


Another Brother

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013
  • Special Delivery

  • Best Picture Book, Washington Post, 2015
  • hello! hello!

  • Notable Picture Book, New York Times
  • Starred Book, Kirkus
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015
  • Wish

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017
  • Wolf in the Snow

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, Horn Book, 2017
  • Honor Award for Picture Book, Boston Globe-Horn, 2017
  • Best Book, NPR, 2017
  • Best Book, Horn Book, 2017
  • Best Book, School Library Journal, 2017
  • Best Book, Kirkus, 2017
  • Best Book, Boston Globe, 2017
  • Best Book, Huffington Post, 2017

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