Two Can Toucan by David Mckee

Two Can Toucan

Written by David Mckee

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David McKee’s economically told story of how the Toucan might have got his name looks as fresh today as when it was first published over fifty years ago. At the beginning, Toucan is all black and, laughed at by the other animals, leaves the jungle to find his fortune. He journeys across luridly colourful landscapes, a conspicuous blot of black, and takes up a number of different jobs until he finds one he likes, carrying cans. Two cans is no problem for him, and he earns the nickname ‘Two Can’. Overreaching himself trying to carry three cans leads to a paint spill and new colourful plumage. McKee’s unstated, surreal humour is as distinctive as his graphic style, and this is a book to delight readers of all ages. ~ Andrea Reece


Two Can Toucan by David Mckee

There was once a bird in the forest that was completely black, except for his white eyes, who was laughed at by all the other animals because he did not have a name. So he must go to seek his fortune.

A modern fable that answers the question "How did the toucan get its name?" - and also incidentally his amazing colours.This beautiful hardback edition of David McKee's first ever picture book – published in its
original size - is reissued to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Andersen Press.

Forty years ago Klaus Flugge founded Andersen Press based on a desire to bring together the best authors and illustrators and put good quality books into the hands of children across the world.

Andersen Press is marking its 40th birthday with some very special anniversary publishing, including the debut picture books from two of the most distinguished authors and illustrators in the world of children’s books, David McKee and Tony Ross's Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


McKee's unstated, surreal humour is as distinctive as his graphic style, and this is a book to delight readers of all ages. -- Andrea Reece Lovereading4Kids Filled with gentle humour and populated with the quirkiest jungle animals. Big Issue in the North, Nick Sharratt Master of the children's parable. The Listener

About the Author

David Mckee

David McKee's first book w as 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 new spapers and on graduation, he began to contribute to such publications as Punch, Times Education Supplement and the Reader's Digest.

His first book, Two Can Toucan was published in 1964 and since then he has written and illustrated numerous children's books. His books include the popular best-selling Elmer series, Not Now Bernard and King Rollo. David also illustrates for a number of other writers including Michael Bond's Paddington Bear.

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors David McKee is one of the best known illustrators of picture books, having created acknowledged modern classics such as Not Now, Bernard, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, and Mr Benn, Gladiator. His books are published in many languages throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. He was born in Devon and now divides his time between the South of France and London.

Have you seen Elmer’s Photo Patchwork, an innovative activity-based app that encourages creativity and fun? Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is an elephant who stands out from the herd, and Elmer’s app is different too. It doesn’t keep children glued to the screen, it makes them look up, look around and get inspired by the world. The only limit is their imagination. By using an iPad or iPhone’s camera to take photos of interesting colours and textures, kids can add them to an elephant’s patchwork pattern. Aimed at children aged 3+. Elmer’s Photo Patchwork app is available for £1.99 from the App Store for iPad and iPhone. Find out more at and view the app preview video here.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


David Mckee
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Andersen Press Ltd.

Publication date

1st September 2016




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