Elmer and the Stranger by David Mckee

Elmer and the Stranger

Written by David Mckee
Part of the Elmer Series

3+ readers   
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How strangers can become friends is the theme of this entertaining story about Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant. This time, Elmer and his friends in the jungle help Kangaroo find out that he can jump after all. At first the Kangaroos seem strange, but soon everyone in the jungle is used to them and they all become good friends. Books featuring the wonderfully colourful elephant called Elmer are essential bedroom companions. There is also a book and CD edition complete with original music and sound effects. Perfect for toddlers. To see other Elmer titles click here.


Elmer and the Stranger by David Mckee

Is there a difference between a bounce and a jump? Kangaroo thinks there is, and he is very concerned he is going to look silly in the upcoming jumping competition, until Elmer helps him discover that the one will do just as well as the other.


Beguiling and colourful pictures illustrate a text that will captivate children. Publishing News Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential for the nursery. Julia Eccleshare There is something supremely child-friendly about that patchwork elephant. Wendy Cooling

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 www.elmersapps.com and view the app preview video here.

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36 pages
Interest Age: To 5


David Mckee
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th February 2009




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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