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    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

    Elmer

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

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    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

    (19 reviews)
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    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

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    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)
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    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

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    2nd March 2017

    Elmer and Wilbur: Board Book

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

    (6 reviews)
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    16th June 1994

    Elmer's Friends

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

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    5th February 2009

    Elmer and the Stranger

    Is there a difference between a bounce and a jump? Kangaroo thinks there is, and he is very concerned he is going to lo... More

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    10th January 2008

    Elmer and Rose

    Grandpa Eldo asks Elmer and Wilbur to help a young elephant find her way back to her herd - and they get a shock when th... More

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    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 patchw... More

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    6th March 2014

    Big-Top Benn

    Mr Benn is Back! First published forty years ago, 'Big Top Benn' is one of a series of adventures by author and illustra... More

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    2nd October 2008

    Elmer in the Snow

    At the first hint of a chill in the air, Elmer's friends start complaining about the cold, so Elmer decides to show them... More

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    3rd September 2009

    Elmer and the Wind

    Aided and abetted by his ventriloquist cousin, Wilbur, Elmer pretends to be blown away on the windiest day. They make fo... More

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    7th July 2008

    Mi & Two

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    14th October 2010

    Breaking Dawn: Twilight, Book 4

    Twilight tempted the imagination . . . New Moon made readers thirsty for more . . . Eclipse turned the saga into a wor... More

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    23rd September 2014

    Two

    Two is best friends with One. Whenever they'd get the chance, they'd dance! She'd sing and snap. He'd tappity-tap. What ... More

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    16th June 1994

    Elmer's Colours

    Whatever the weather, Elmer still has fun. He splashes in the puddles when it rains and has snowball fights with his fri... More

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    16th June 1994

    Elmer's Day: Tabbed Board Book

    Elmer the patchwork elephant has a busy day ahead of him. He likes to have fun squirting himself with water and playing ... More

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    16th June 1994

    Elmer's Weather: Tabbed Board Book

    Elmer, the bright parchwork elephant, has some very special friends. Zebra is the stripiest, giraffe is the tallest, sna... More

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    5th May 2011

    Elmer's Special Day

    It's almost Elmer's Day again and the elephants have begun their preparations. But in all the excitement they are making... More

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    3rd April 2014

    Elmer and the Monster

    There is pandemonium in the jungle! A strange roaring sounds sends the animals stampeding, convinced it's a monster. But... More

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    6th February 2014

    Melric and the Sorcerer

    "More power," demands the king. But Melric the magician thinks that the king has quite enough power already. A sinister ... More

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    2nd January 2014

    Elmer and Snake

    The elephants want to play a trick on Elmer but they can't think of one! So they ask wily old Snake to help them ...Dis... More

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    5th May 2016

    Melric and the Dragon

    When a dragon is spotted, the whole kingdom fears a fiery attack is imminent! The king organizes his army into hunting t... More

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    5th July 2012

    Elmer and Super El

    One morning, Elmer hears an "Oh no!" Looking round, he spots Super El who's in need of Elmer's help. He must get to Aunt... More

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    3rd May 2012

    Elmer and Butterfly

    One day, as Elmer is strolling through the jungle, he hears a cry for help. A butterfly has been trapped in a hole by a ... More

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    7th July 2011

    Elmer and the Hippos

    The elephants are not happy - the hippos have come to share the river because theirs has dried up. When they complain to... More

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    7th July 2005

    The Conquerors

    There once was a large country that was ruled by a General. The General would take his army and attack all the countries... More

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    8th March 2018

    Elmer and the Lost Teddy: Board Book

    One night, Elmer hears the sound of crying. It is Baby Elephant. He can't sleep because he has lost his teddy. Elmer off... More

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    4th September 2014

    Elmer and the Whales

    Elmer and his cousin Wilbur decide to go to the coast to see the whales. But their journey becomes far more of an advent... More

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    4th April 2013

    Elmer and the Big Bird

    One day, Elmer notices that there are no birds around. How strange! Soon he finds them hiding from the nasty bully bird ... More

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    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

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    5th May 2016

    Elmer's Touch and Feel World

    Explore the touch-and-feel world of Elmer and his colourful friends in this bright, fun first concepts playbook. Perfect... More

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    3rd January 2013

    Elmer and Aunt Zelda

    Elmer and Wilbur visit their Aunt Zelda. She may be getting old and deaf, but she is fun and has lots of interesting thi... More

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    6th October 2011

    Elmer and Papa Red

    It's two days before the annual visit of Papa Red and the young elephants are very excited. They choose a tree to decora... More

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    8th July 2010

    Elmer and Grandpa Eldo

    Elmer is on his way to visit his Grandpa Eldo. He has great fun reminding Eldo of all the things they used to do togethe... More

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    14th November 1996

    The Elmer Pop-Up Book

    Flaps and tabs reveal Elmer playing with his friends in a brightly coloured animal kingdom where leopards change their s... More

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    2nd July 2015

    Melric and the Petnapping

    The king's beloved pet troon has vanished along with all the other unusual pets in the palace, so he commands Melric to ... More

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    2nd June 2016

    Elmer and the Race

    The young elephants want to have a race to prove who is fastest, so Elmer and Wilbur organise a course. With each racer ... More

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    28th September 2000

    Look! There's Elmer

    Elmer and Bird are playing hide and seek in the jungle and it's Elmer's turn to hide. See if you can spot him before Bir... More

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    4th May 2017

    Elmer: Guess Who?

    Help the animals guess who Elmer's new friend is in this sturdy board book with a mirror surprise at the end. Peek throu... More

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    13th September 2011

    Judo

    Judo follows Ella as she learns all about judo, from chest holds to break falls.... More

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    17th September 2014

    X-Men

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    6th September 2018

    Trouble with Trolls

    Warm and exciting adventure about a brave boy and a dangerous quest. Perfect for children learning to read. When troubl... More

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    15th April 2015

    Vegetables

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    1st April 1995

    Elfed

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    1st May 1999

    Elfed ac Eifion

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    26th June 1970

    123456789 Benn

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    1st December 1993

    Dim Nawr, Deio

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    14th March 1994

    La journee d'Elmer

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    1st May 2011

    Mr Benn-Red Knight

    Following the welcomed re-release of "Big-Top Benn" comes another addition to the immensely popular collection of origin... More

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    1st September 2009

    The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. Benn

    Mr Benn lives at 52 Festival Road. He is an ordinary man who visits an unusual fancy dress shop where he tries on an out... More

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    1st June 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

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    28th December 2013

    Mr Ben

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    2nd July 2015

    Mr Benn: Diver

    Mr Benn is an ordinary man who visits a fancy-dress shop where he tries on an outfit and enters a world of magical adv... More

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    27th February 2014

    Mr Benn: Spaceman

    Mr Benn is an ordinary man who visits a fancy-dress shop where he tries on an outfit and enters a world of magical adv... More

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    21st September 2001

    Two Can Toucan

    How did the Toucan get its name? Find out in this modern fable.... More

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    2nd March 2006

    Three Monsters

    Two monsters react in a deplorably recognisable and unwelcoming way when a strange third monster arrives in their idyll ... More

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    3rd August 2006

    Tusk Tusk

    Once elephants came in two colours: black or white. They loved all other creatures - but each set wanted to exterminate ... More

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    6th October 2005

    Mr Benn - Gladiator

    Mr Benn always visits a costume shop, chooses a costume and goes through a special door. Then, as if by magic, he can tr... More

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    1st June 2006

    Elmer and Friends Sticker Storybook

    Elmer woke up one sunny morning and decided to go for a walk. On the way he meets all his many animal friends. As the st... More

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    1st June 2006

    Elmer and Friends First Colouring Activity Book

    Elmer has lots of friends. They are all different colours - pink, yellow, green, blue, purple, orange, red and black. Bu... More

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    1st March 2007

    Elmer's Opposites

    Elmer is big. Bird is small. Tiger is fast. Tortoise is slow. Have fun looking at opposites right from front to back of ... More

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    1st March 2007

    Elmer's First Counting Book

    Count from 1-10 with Elmer, everyone's favourite patchwork elephant!... More

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    2nd June 2011

    The Hill and the Rock

    Mr and Mrs Quest lived in a little house on the very top of a hill. People from all around came to visit and the view wo... More

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    3rd March 2011

    The Tickle Ghost

    'The Tickle Ghost is somewhere near. Can you see him? Can you hear? Slowly creeping up the stairs. He'll try to catch me... More

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    1st October 2009

    Elmer and the Rainbow: Board Book

    Elmer and the other elephants are waiting for the storm to end so they can see the beautiful, colourful rainbow. But som... More

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    6th March 2014

    Elmer: Signed 25th Anniversary Edition

    Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A moder... More

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    3rd September 2015

    Elmer's Band: A Press-Button Sound Book

    Join Elmer, everyone's favourite patchwork elephant, and his jungle band for a noisy day! Poorly Wilbur has lost his voi... More

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    26th February 2004

    Charlotte's Piggy Bank

    When Charlotte's Aunt Jane gives her a piggy bank, Charlotte thinks it is a silly present. Until she finds out that the ... More

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    4th October 2012

    Elmer, Rose and Super El

    The pink elephant herd, along with Elmer's friend Rose, are celebrating Old's one-hundredth birthday. But the celebratio... More

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    3rd May 2012

    Denver

    Denver is rich - very, very rich. Everyone in the village loves him for his kindness and generosity. But one day a str... More

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    24th October 2002

    Elmer's New Friend

    Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has a new friend but the other animals can't guess who it is. Can you? Of, course in the ... More

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    1st December 1964

    Bronto's Wings

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    1st March 1987

    Not Now, Bernard

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    1st March 1987

    Not Now, Bernard

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    1st March 1987

    Not Now, Bernard

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    3rd September 2009

    Elmer and the Wind

    Aided and abetted by his ventriloquist cousin, Wilbur, Elmer pretends to be blown away on the windiest day. They make fo... More

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    1st June 2011

    Six Men

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    1st April 2010

    My First Elmer Joke Book

    This first collection of Elmer-related jokes will have everyone in stitches. From elephant jokes to jungle jokes, this b... More

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    28th August 2014

    Elmer's Treasury

    A vibrant collection of five favourite stories starring the world famous patchwork elephant, including: Elmer Elmer ... More

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    6th September 2007

    Elmer: Book and CD

    Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A moder... More

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    7th November 2013

    The Sad Story Of Veronica: Who Played The Violin

    When Veronica learned to play the violin, at first she was awful. It was terrible for the neighbours. But she practised,... More

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    4th April 2013

    Melric the Magician Who Lost His Magic

    When Melric, the king's magician, mysteriously loses his magic, he sets out on a quest to return it. But with the kingdo... More

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    5th March 2009

    Zebra's Hiccups

    Zebra is proud and Zebra is haughty. One day he gets the hiccups, but he is afraid to try the remedies suggested by his ... More

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    7th July 2016

    Melric and the Crown

    It's time for the yearly Ceremony of the Crown, where the King proves his right to rule. But something strange is going ... More

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    5th August 2006

    Elmer And Wilbur

    Elmer the patchwork elephant has lost his ventriloquist cousin in the jungle! Elmer can hear Wilbur, but he can't see hi... More

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    7th August 2014

    My First Elmer Collection

    Four ELMER board books in one handy package! It includes: Elmer's Colours; Elmer's Day; Elmer's Friends; and Elmer's Wea... More

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    5th January 2017

    Elmer: Hello, animals!: buggy book

    The perfect introduction to the world of Elmer and his best animal friends for the youngest of children. This little boo... More

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    5th January 2017

    Elmer: Elephant Colours: buggy book

    The perfect introduction to the world of Elmer and his colourful elephant friends for the youngest of children. This lit... More

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    4th May 2017

    Elmer: Hide and Seek!

    Elmer and Bird are playing hide and seek. Help Elmer by lifting the flaps to look behind the rock, in the herd of elepha... More

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    7th September 2017

    Elmer's Christmas: Mini Hardback

    It's two days before Christmas Eve, the night Papa Red visits, and the young elephants are very excited. They choose... More

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    7th September 2017

    Elmer's Bedtime: A Puppet Book

    It's Elmer's bedtime, but he still needs to find the perfect place to sleep. Bring the adventure to life as puppet-Elmer... More

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    7th September 2017

    Elmer and the Tune

    When Rose meets Elmer she's humming a tune, a tune she just can't get out of her head. When she leaves, Elmer realises h... More

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Weather

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Friends

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Friends

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    Elmer's Colours

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Weather

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Weather

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    1st September 2004

    Elmer's Friends

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Weather

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    1st September 2004

    Elmer's Day

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    1st September 2004

    Elmer's Weather

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Day

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Friends

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    19th September 1996

    Adventures of King Rollo

    A picture book featuring four stories about King Rollo and his friends - the magician, Cook, Queen Gwen, and Hamlet the ... More

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    17th July 1997

    The Hill And The Rock

    Mr and Mrs Quest lived in a little house on the top of a hill. The views were wonderful - they would have been perfect, ... More

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    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

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Colours

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Colours

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Colours

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    Elmer's Day

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Friends

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Day

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Day

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Friends

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    1st January 1998

    Elmer's Colours

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    30th July 2010

    Elmer's Colours

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    9th January 2004

    Elmer's Colours

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    7th June 2018

    Elmer's Colours

    Whatever the weather, Elmer still has fun. He splashes in the puddles when it rains and has snowball fights with his fri... More

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    5th July 2018

    Belinda Brown

    David McKee has created a new modern classic with the story of Belinda, a banana-obsessed young girl. Her whole family t... More

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    9th August 2018

    Tusk Tusk

    Once, elephants came in two colours: black or white. They loved all other creatures - but each set wanted to destroy t... More

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    10th January 2008

    Elmer's Hide-And-Seek

    Learn each of Elmer's colours when you join him in this playful game of hide-and-seek. His friend, Bird, is hiding. Lift... More

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    3rd July 2008

    Four Red Apples

    Ringo Rabbit was sure that he was the only one who could juggle four red apples. It seemed like such an individual, unus... More

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    3rd March 2005

    Who Is Mrs Green?

    Mum's cross with me, said Jennifer.It's Mrs Green's fault, said Henry. But just who is Mrs Green? Henry knows that Mum i... More

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    4th April 2019

    Elmer Opposites: A Flip Flap Book

    Big and small, quiet and loud, night and day... Learn first opposites with Elmer and his friends with this interactive b... More

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    2nd May 2019

    Elmer's Walk

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

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    1st January 1998

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