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
(Paperback) - 2006
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SynopsisTwo monsters react in a deplorably recognisable and unwelcoming way when a strange third monster arrives in their idyll by the sea. The alien says that his homeland was destroyed by an earthquake, and he needs a place to live - and he offers to make himself useful to them if the two monsters let him stay. Having originally told him to go, they rethink, and make him do lots of necessary land clearing that they had been too lazy to do themselves. Once he has done it, the horrible pair do tell him to go, and then watch in amazement as he dances back to his boat. The clever stranger has built himself his own personal little island with the earth and plants they told him to clear away.
- Published: 2006
- ISBN: 9781842705230
- Age Range: 0+ years