David McKee (1935 - 2022) was the creator of well-known characters including King Rollo, Mr Benn and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, which is now published in more than 60 languages and has its own successful global merchandise programme. David was born in Devon and went to Plymouth Art College, where he had a traditional training. On leaving college he drew regularly for Punch, Reader’s Digest, and The Times Educational Supplement. His drawings were influenced especially by Saul Steinberg and Andre Francois. In 2020, David won the British Book Awards Illustrator of the Year Award and BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
(Hardback) - 02/05/2019
Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork. The grey elephants all love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it would be like to be just the same as them... Full of colour, wisdom and pathos, little readers will love this classic tale at bedtime.
Collect this special 30th birthday hardback edition of David McKee's first book about Elmer, that turned this adorable patchwork elephant into a nursery favourite. With this collector's edition comes a very special Elmer print inside!
Deservedly a modern classic, with over ten million copies of his books sold worldwide, Elmer’s subtle message, that it is ok to be different, resonates with children across the world. Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. Happy 30th Birthday, Elmer!
'A deserved favourite with the 2-5s' SUNDAY TIMES