David McKee

David McKee

  • 5 stars across 150 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


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

(76 reviews) Review
4th June 2020

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... MoreNot Now, Bernard

(49 reviews) Review
5th 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... MoreElmer's Birthday

(34 reviews) Review
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 ... MoreMy First Elmer: Shaped Board Book

(26 reviews) Review
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... MoreElmer and Wilbur: Board Book

(15 reviews) Review
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... MoreElmer's Walk

(15 reviews) Review
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... MoreElmer in the Snow

(14 reviews) Review
3rd September 2020

Elmer and the Lost Treasure

Elmer, Wilbur and a brave troop of elephants set out on a quest to find the famous Lost Treasure of the jungle. When the... MoreElmer and the Lost Treasure

(14 reviews) Review
2nd September 2021

Elmer and the Bedtime Story

The latest Elmer story from master picture book maker, David McKee - winner of the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement award,... MoreElmer and the Bedtime Story

(14 reviews) Review
7th September 2023

Goodnight, Elmer 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... MoreGoodnight, Elmer Puppet Book

(13 reviews) Review
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