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
The Adventures of King Rollo
(Hardback) - 2016
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SynopsisKing Rollo is the adorable, bearded, kingly creation of David McKee. After the publication of his bestselling mini hardback stories, King Rollo went on to star in his own animation series, narrated by Ray Brooks. This slipcase contains four favourite adventures:
King Rollo and the New Shoes: King Rollo has smart new shoes, but they have laces and he doesn't know how to tie them. He asks the Magician to tie them for him, but his friend has a better idea.
King Rollo and the Bread: King Rollo and the Magician meet a farmer eating a loaf of bread. The king tries to impress the farmer with all the amazing food his can magic up... but sometimes a simple thing is the best.
King Rollo and the Birthday: King Rollo wants to give Queen Gwen a birthday card. He buys the best in the shop, but Cook advises him to make her one, as that will be far more special.
King Rollo and King Frank: King Rollo doesn't like King Frank, but he is the only friend who will come and play with him. So King Rollo gets the opportunity to see if he's right in person.
- Published: 2016
- ISBN: 9781783444687
- Age Range: 0+ years