The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. Benn by David McKee


The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. Benn by David McKee

Mr Benn lives at 52 Festival Road. He is an ordinary man who visits an unusual fancy dress shop where he tries on an outfit and, as if by magic, enters a world full of surprises and adventure...From the golden age of children's television, this cult classic is back in this beautiful gift collection of four of the Mr Benn books - Diver, Red Knight, Spaceman and Caveman - first published by Hodder in 1993.


... the very name is enough to induce a watm glow of childish bliss... The Telegraph's as good as you remember the TV series being. Highly recommended. THE BOOKBAG My seven year old and two year old are captivated. Sunday Express This fun and colourful book... was enjoyed by everyone. Child Education Plus The magical tales work just as well for children now as they did back in the day. Junior

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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128 pages


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Publication date

1st October 2009



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