Joe Mathieu Books about Elmo

Books About Elmo

Elmo is pure love, packed into a diminutive body covered with bright red fur, but what a big heart! Elmo really changed Sesame Street when he came on the scene in the mid 80's. Kevin Clash created Elmo's enthusiastic falsetto and his big personality, much like Kevin's own. Elmo became unbelievably popular and changed Sesame Street, and Sesame Street books, overnight. Although Elmo is now performed by Ryan Dillon, I will always fondly remember taking my grandchildren to the set of Sesame Street, and being given the grand tour by Kevin Clash and Elmo!

Elmo's Big Lift and Look Book Sesame Street

Elmo's Big Lift and Look Book

by Anna Ross, illustrated by Joe Mathieu, 1994, Random House

Elmo's Big Lift and Look Book was the first of several oversized board books featuring flaps that open doors, windows, or almost anything to reveal what's underneath. This was one of those assignments with a skeletal manuscript, so most of it was pretty much made up as I went along. It's an immensely popular book. My favorite flap is the piano keyboard cover on the last page!