Elmer and the Monster by David Mckee

Elmer and the Monster

Written by David Mckee

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Best-selling Elmer the patchwork elephant is back for a new adventure. All the animals in the jungle are terrified! There is a strange roaring noise and no one knows what it can be. Soon, all the animals are stampeding as far away from it as possible. All except for Elmer… Bravely, Elmer sets out to find the source of the noise. And makes a very surprising discovery. A great new adventure for Elmer and his animal friends.

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Elmer and the Monster by David Mckee

There is pandemonium in the jungle! A strange roaring sounds sends the animals stampeding, convinced it's a monster. But all is not as it seems. Only Elmer is brave enough to investigate, and what he discovers comes as quite a surprise!


Praise for the Elmer series

A deserved favourite with the 2-5s Sunday Times

A celebration of individuality and laughter Publishers Weekly

Excellent Parent Guide

Striking effects with simple means The Times Literary Supplement

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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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


David Mckee
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

3rd April 2014




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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