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  • 4 stars across 23 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
    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... 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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    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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    7th June 2012

    The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World

    It's time to dig deep in the second instalment of the extraordinary adventures of the King of Quizzical Island. ... More

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    6th September 2007

    George's Invisible Watch

    George always knows the time. He has an invisible watch. At first nobody believes him, but before long, everyone dep... 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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    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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    1st August 2005

    Greece

    One of the greatest Western civilizations, Greece was a center for both religion and culture for many years. Its numerou... More

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    7th September 2009

    The King of Quizzical Island

    Set sail on a fantastical voyage with the inquisitive King of Quizzical Island. When the King of Quizzical Island decid... More

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    6th September 2010

    The King of Quizzical Island

    Set sail on a fantastical voyage with the inquisitive King of Quizzical Island. When the King of Quizzical Island decid... More

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