David is the creator of several well-known characters including King Rollo and Mr Benn. His most famous creation is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant which is now published in more than 40 languages and has its own successful global merchandise programme.
David McKee was born in Devon and went to Plymouth Art College, where he had a traditional training. On leaving college he drew regularly for, among others, Punch, Readers Digest, and The Times Educational Supplement. His drawings were influenced especially by Saul Steinberg and Andre Francois.
Davids first picture book was one of the stories he had told at college, Two Can Toucan. This was published by Abelard-Schuman in 1964 and the version David re-illustrated in 1985 was re-issued in 2001 by Andersen Press. David has written and illustrated over 50 picture books for Andersen Press including 24 original Elmer stories. David lives in Arles, France
Elmer: Big Book
(Paperback: Big book) - 2016
SynopsisPerfect for sharing together in a classroom, nursery or library, the original classic Elmer is now available as a big book, with notes for grown-ups at the back, created by the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education).
Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. This colourful picture book is known to millions and it's subtle message that it is OK to be different has made this first tale about everyone's favourite patchwork elephant a classic must-read for every bookshelf.
- Paperback: Big book
- Published: 2016
- ISBN: 9781783444250
- Age Range: 0+ years