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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Brock Cole  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1938 in Charlotte, Michigan

-- Brock Cole on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Cole lived in Illinois from 1975 - 1992.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brock Cole is an award-winning author and illustrator of picture books for children. He also writes novels for young adults. Cole graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English and received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He taught philosophy at the University of Wisconsin for a number of years, before he started to write and illustrate books for children. He currently lives in Buffalo, New York.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The king at the door /
ISBN: 0374440417. OCLC Number:

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A poorly dressed old man appears at an inn and declares he is really the king, but only a servant believes him.

No more baths /
ISBN: 0374455147. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. [New York] :. 1989, ©1980.

A little girl with a particular aversion to taking baths decides to run away the next time her mother tells her to take one.

Nothing but a pig /
ISBN: 0374455414. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. [New York] :. 1990, ©1981.

A spoiled pig, the new possession of a rich banker who is fond of bacon and ham, comes to appreciate his former owner who considered him his best friend.

The winter wren /
ISBN: 0374484082. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus & Giroux,. New York :. 1988, ©1984.

When his village suffers from a hard winter, Simon, whose mother laughs at his foolishness, goes in search of spring.

The giant's toe /
ISBN: 0374425574. OCLC Number:

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A giant accidentally cuts off his toe and it develops a character of its own.

The goats /
ISBN: 0312611919. OCLC Number:

Farrar/Straus/Giroux,. New York :. 1987.

Two misfits at summer camp find inner strength and self-knowledge when they are cruelly marooned on an island by fellow campers. Literature of Delight. Two children are stripped of their clothes and marooned on an island for the night by their fellow campers. They are the "goats." They escape and learn, in addition to survival-on-the-run skills such as petty thievery and grand theft/auto, cooperation, intimacy, and loyalty. Quietly witty, this remarkable book yields new depths with each reading. Stripped and marooned on a small island by their fellow campers, a boy and a girl form an uneasy bond that grows into a deep friendship when they decide to run away and disappear without a trace.

Celine /
ISBN: 0374410828. OCLC Number:

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Sixteen-year-old artist Celine suffers the painful experiences of adolescence--school problems, an uneasy love, and unwanted responsibilities--but she learns much about the adult world that she will soon join.

Giotto :
ISBN: 080761310X. OCLC Number:

George Braziller,. New York :. 1993.

"Thirty miles to the southwest of Venice, in a small park in Padua, lies a modest red brick building, the Scrovegni (or Arena) Chapel, that contains one of the jewels of Early Renaissance art: the most extensive fresco cycle by Giotto. Perfectly preserved, it established Giotto's genius for displacing the Byzantine style of painting and introducing the fundamental principles of Renaissance humanism into art. Painted around 1306, the nearly forty large frescoes that cover the walls and ceiling of the Chapel tell stories from the lives of the Virgin, Christ, and the Virgin's parents, Sts. Joachim and Anne. Created with a subtle yet brilliant array of colors - shimmering blues, golden reds, subtle ivories - these easy-to-read narrative panels have remained comprehensible and evocative to viewers for generations; this may be because, unlike much of the art that preceded Giotto, his images contain sacred figures that behave in human ways, bodies as well as faces that register human feelings familiar to us all. The Scrovegni Chapel is Giotto's masterpiece; it established him as the most famous artist of his day, not only in Italy but in all of Europe. It is little wonder that the art of Giotto has held the attention of Western civilization for over half a millennium"--Bookjacket.

The facts speak for themselves /
ISBN: 1932425713. OCLC Number:

Front Street,. Asheville, N.C. :. 2005, ©1997.

At the request of her social worker, thirteen-year-old Linda gradually reveals how her life with her unstable mother and her younger brother led to her rape and the murder she witnessed.

Buttons /
ISBN: 0374310017. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2000.

When their father eats so much that he pops the buttons off his britches, each of his three daughters tries a different plan to find replacements.

Larky Mavis /
ISBN: 0374343659. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 2001.

Having found a tiny baby in a peanut shell, Larky Mavis calls him Heart's Delight and carries him around as he grows bigger, to the confusion and anger of the adults around her.

Fair Monaco /
ISBN: 1932425071. OCLC Number:

Front Street,. Asheville, N.C. :. ©2003.

Maggie, Katie, and Nora try to help their always-worried and fearful grandmother by entering her dreams and replacing her fears of burglars, trains, and bills with images of sails, sun, and the sea.

The money we'll save /
ISBN: 0374350116. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2011.

In nineteenth-century New York City, when Pa brings home a young turkey in hopes of saving money on their Christmas dinner, his family faces all sorts of trouble--and expense--in their tiny apartment.

The Indian in the cupboard /
ISBN: 0380600129. OCLC Number:

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A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.

Gaffer Samson's luck /
ISBN: 0374425132. OCLC Number:

Farrar/Straus/Giroux,. [New York] :. 1990, ©1984.

James's difficulty in adjusting to a new school and life in the Fens is further complicated by the request of an elderly neighbor to find his lucky piece, a task which puts James in some danger.

George Washington's Teeth /
ISBN: 0312376049. OCLC Number:

Square Fish,. New York :. 2008, ©2003.

A rollicking rhyme portrays George Washington's lifelong struggle with bad teeth. A timeline taken from diary entries and other nonfiction sources follows.

Gully's travels /
ISBN: 0545025060. OCLC Number:

Michael Di Capua Books/Scholastic,. [New York] :. 2008.

Gulliver leads a life of luxury with his master. But when his master falls in love with a woman who is allergic to dogs, Gulliver is sent to a new home. He finds himself with a family of raucous human beings and three mutts. But just as Gulliver begins to make a grudging peace with his new reality, he gets swept up in a harrowing new adventure.


Body of Work

  • Carl Sandburg Award

    'The Goats


  • Notable Book, New York Times
  • Best Book for Young Adults, American Library Association

    Speaking Engagements

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