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  • 5 stars across 149 books
    David McKee Biography
    Illustrator and writer David McKee 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 was born in Tavistock, Devon and went to Plymouth Art College. After graduating from college he drew regularly for Punch, Reader’s Digest, and The Times Educational Supplement. 

    David’s first picture book, published in 1964, was one of the stories he had told at college, Two Can Toucan. David has written and illustrated over 50 picture books for Andersen Press including 24 original Elmer stories. 

    David lives in Arles, France.

    Our favourite David McKee Book Characters
    Mr Benn - from Big Top Ben
    Elmer - from Elmer's Parade
    Ned - from Sir Ned and the Nasties
    6th September 2007


    Happy 30th Birthday, Elmer! Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork. The grey elephants all love him, but he soon st... More

    (41 reviews)
    3rd May 2018

    My First Elmer: Shaped Board Book

    Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork. The grey elephants all love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it would ... More

    (23 reviews)
    2nd April 2015

    Not Now, Bernard

    Bernard's got a problem. He's found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Ber... More

    (19 reviews)
    6th September 2018

    Elmer's Walk

    Elmer is enjoying his walk: smelling the flowers, watching the clouds, listening to the waterfall. But each time he poin... More

    (11 reviews)
    2nd March 2017

    Elmer and Wilbur: Board Book

    Elmer loves practical jokes, but so does his cousin Wilbur. Until, that is, Wilbur's practical joke leaves him high and... More

    (10 reviews)
    1st September 2019

    Elmer's Birthday

    The elephants decide it's their turn to play a trick on Elmer: all of the animals must pretend to forget his birthday to... More

    (10 reviews)
    26th February 2015

    Elmer's Parade

    Elmer is very excited because today is the fancy dress parade. But some of the animals are missing! Can Elmer find them ... More

    (7 reviews)
    16th June 1994

    Elmer's Friends: Tabbed Board Book

    This charming book of colours for very young children features all the colours of the much-loved patchwork elephant Elme... More

    (5 reviews)
    3rd September 2015

    Elmer and the Flood

    Rain or no rain, Elmer is going for a walk. After being cooped up in a cave with his herd, he longs for a bit of fresh a... More

    (5 reviews)
    2nd September 2010

    Elmer Again

    It's coming up to Elmer's Day, the day when all grey elephants paint themselves in bright colours. For Elmer, the patch... More

    (4 reviews)
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