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McKee, David, author, artist

Join Elmer, the multi-colour patchwork elephant, on his very first adventure. A firm favourite with children of all ages, Elmer is an elephant who loves to play practical jokes

Paperback, Book. English. Children's stories. Early Years. Picture Books.
Published London: Andersen, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: David McKee
ISBN: 1842707310, 9781842707319
Intended audience: Preschool.
Note: Originally published: London: Dobson, 1968.
Physical Description: 31 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 28 cm
Subject: Elmer (Fictitious character : McKee) Pictorial works Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 3.2
Interest Level: LY
Points: 0.5
Quiz Number: 208729

Author note

David McKee's first book was published in 1964. His books are now published in many languages throughout the world, and several of them have been adapted for television. He is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators.

David McKee was born and brought up in South Devon, where he went from grammar school to Plymouth Art College. Whilst still at college he started selling one-off cartoons to newspapers and on graduation, he began to contribute to such publications asPunch,Times Education Supplementand theReader's Digest. His first book,Two Can Toucanwas published in 1964 and since then he has written and illustrated numerous children's books. His books include the popular best-sellingElmerseries,Not Now BernardandKing Rollo. David also illustrates for a number of other writers including Michael Bond'sPaddington Bear.


"Unquestionably the life and soul of the party. I loved this book from the first time I read it."
Exepose||"Its message of celebrating diversity and uniqueness is just as topical today as it was when celebrated author David McKee first createdElmer."
Junior Magazine||"This board book edition is everything you would hope for... perfect."
The Bookbag||"A deserved favourite with the 2-5s."
The Sunday Times||"A wonderfully upbeat and powerful tale that celebrates the uniqueness of the individual - and provides one of literature's best-loved characters too."