David McKee - Author

About the Author

David McKee was born in Devon and studied at Plymouth Art College. In the early part of his career, McKee regularly drew and sold humorous drawings to magazines and newspapers such as The Times Educational Supplement, Punch and the Reader’s Digest. David McKee has writen and illustrated over 50 picture books for Andersen Press and has penned a number of children’s classics including King Rollo, Mr Benn, Not Now Bernard and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. David McKee loves to paint and now lives  in the South of France but regularly visits London.

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.

Featured books by David McKee

Hill and The Rock

Hill and The Rock

3+ readers

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Mr and Mrs Quest lived in a little house on the very top of a hill. People from all around came to visit and the view would have been perfect but for the rock that blocked it. Fed up with no view, Mr Quest decided to move the rock. He never expected what happened next!

Other books by David McKee

Elmer Shapes: A Touch and Trace Book

Elmer Shapes: A Touch and Trace Book

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 07/03/2019

Elmer Search and Find

Elmer Search and Find

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 07/02/2019

Elmer's Colours

Elmer's Colours

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 26/10/2018

Whatever the weather, Elmer still has fun. He splashes in the puddles when it rains and has snowball fights with his friends when it snows. He loves the cluods that look like things made of cotton wool, and when the sun is out he wears some crazy dark glasses! never gets very far before falling fast asleep! A charming book of weather for very young children, featuring the endearing patchwork elephant, Elmer. Vibrant colours and simple rhyming text will attract many new Elmer fans.

Elmer and the Race

Elmer and the Race

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2018

The young elephants want to prove who is the fastest, so Elmer and Wilbur organise a race. Each decorated a different colour, the racers set off around the course and discover things about themselves - Blue may be first and Orange second, but White is kind, Pink and Violet are funny and Yellow is a cheat. Luckily Yellow also learns he is very good at saying sorry, so each young elephant gets a medal from Elmer.

Tusk Tusk

Tusk Tusk

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Once, elephants came in two colours: black or white. They loved all other creatures - but each set wanted to destroy the other. Peace-loving elephants ran and hid in the deepest jungle while battle commenced. The war-mongers succeeded: for a long time it seemed that there were no elephants in the world at all, not of any colour. But then the descendants of the peace-loving ones emerged from the jungle, and by now they were all grey. `This book was one of my favourites as a kid, I simply relished in the gloriousness of a load of elephants battling it out in a bizarre forest. It wasn't until I was a bit older that I recognised the importance of the message that lay (not so subtly) underneath.' OLIVER JEFFERS

Belinda Brown

Belinda Brown

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2018

David McKee has created a new modern classic with the story of Belinda, a banana-obsessed young girl. Her whole family thinks it's a phase, except for Grandma Brown: she worries, and worry is hard to keep down. She asks Belinda to give up her favourite fruit before she gets a banana-shaped body, but Belinda has other ideas. 'What a joy; a new rhyming book from the Elmer and Mr Benn creator, David McKee... Fantastic illustrations' THE TIMES

Cyfres Elfed: Diwrnod Elfed / Elfed's Day

Cyfres Elfed: Diwrnod Elfed / Elfed's Day

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2018

Cyfres Elfed: Lliwiau Elfed / Elfed's Colours

Cyfres Elfed: Lliwiau Elfed / Elfed's Colours

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2018

Cyfres Elfed: Tywydd Elfed / Elfed's Weather

Cyfres Elfed: Tywydd Elfed / Elfed's Weather

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2018

Cyfres Elfed: Ffrindiau Elfed / Elfed's Friends

Cyfres Elfed: Ffrindiau Elfed / Elfed's Friends

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2018

Elmer's Bedtime A Puppet Book

Elmer's Bedtime A Puppet Book

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 07/09/2017

It's Elmer's bedtime, but he still needs to find the perfect place to sleep. Bring the adventure to life as puppet-Elmer splashes in the lake with the hippos, tries to climb a tree with the monkeys, yawns, snuggles and waves goodbye. The cuddly puppet fits both big and little hands, making this interactive hand puppet book perfect for sharing between parent and child.

Cyfres Elfed: Dyfala Pwy?/Guess Who?

Cyfres Elfed: Dyfala Pwy?/Guess Who?

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/03/2017

Cyfres Elfed: Elfed yn Chwarae Cuddio/Elfed Hide and Seek

Cyfres Elfed: Elfed yn Chwarae Cuddio/Elfed Hide and Seek

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/03/2017

Elmer and Wilbur Board Book

Elmer and Wilbur Board Book

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 02/03/2017

Elmer loves practical jokes, and so does his cousin Wilbur. Until, that is, Wilbur's practical joke leaves him high and dry and Elmer and the other elephants have to come to the rescue and bring him back down to earth. This classic story is now even more appealing to the youngest of children in a sturdy, padded board book format.

Not Now, Bernard

Not Now, Bernard

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 02/02/2017

Bernard's got a problem. He's found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster... and that doesn't go quite to plan. Loved by children, monsters and adults alike for almost 40 years, David McKee's iconic picture book is available for the first time ever as board book. The sturdy and stylish cased board book, complete with QR code for audiobook download, makes this a must for every nursery bookshelf.

Cyfres Elfed: Llyfrgell Fach Elfed

Cyfres Elfed: Llyfrgell Fach Elfed

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/2016

Melric and the Dragon

Melric and the Dragon

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

When a dragon is spotted, the whole kingdom fears a fiery attack is imminent! The king organizes his army into hunting teams. But Melric knows that not all dragons are fierce - in fact some like nothing better than chocolate cake...

Not Now, Bernard Limited Edition Slipcase

Not Now, Bernard Limited Edition Slipcase

Author: David McKee Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 10/09/2015

Limited edition of only 300 to celebrate the 35th anniversary, each signed and numbered by David McKee and accompanied by a portfolio containing a print from the book. Loved by children, monsters and adults for thirty five years, this beautiful limited edition slipcase is a must-own classic, with an introduction by former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen. Bernard has a problem. There's a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster... and that doesn't go quite to plan.

Elmer's Christmas Mini Hardback

Elmer's Christmas Mini Hardback

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

It's two days before Christmas Eve, the night Papa Red visits, and the young elephants are very excited. They choose a tree to decorate and prepare the presents for Papa Red to collect during the night to take to those who need them. But this year Elmer has a special treat in store for the young elephants, if they can keep quiet and out of sight...

Mr Benn: Diver

Mr Benn: Diver

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Mr Benn is an ordinary man who visits a fancy-dress shop where he tries on an outfit and enters a world of magical adventures! Mr Benn puts on a diving suit and plunges into the middle of an argument between two submarines. With the help of a mermaid, and even King Neptune himself, he resolves the row, by creating two sea monsters! A much-loved classic children's character reissued for children of today to enjoy! 'The very name is enough to induce a warm glow of childish bliss...' Telegraph

Melric and the Dragon

Melric and the Dragon

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2015

When a dragon is spotted, the whole kingdom fears a fiery attack is imminent! The king organizes his army into hunting teams. But Melric knows that not all dragons are fierce - in fact some like nothing better than chocolate cake...

Melric and the Petnapping

Melric and the Petnapping

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

The king's beloved pet troon has vanished along with all the other unusual pets in the palace, so he commands Melric to find the pets and fast! Melric joins forces with his cousin Guz, and they soon discover that Sondrak the sorcerer is behind the petnappings. Can Melric and Guz use their magic to outwit the cunning Sondrak?

Elmer's Weather (chinese-english)

Elmer's Weather (chinese-english)

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 14/01/2015

Elmer's Weather (urdu-english)

Elmer's Weather (urdu-english)

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 14/01/2015

Elmer's Colours (somali-english)

Elmer's Colours (somali-english)

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 14/01/2015

Pictura: The Fair Comes to Town

Pictura: The Fair Comes to Town

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2014

Big-Top Benn

Big-Top Benn

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Mr Benn is Back! First published forty years ago, 'Big Top Benn' is one of a series of adventures by author and illustrator David McKee that inspired the legendary TV series that made Mr Benn part of the folk memory of the nation. Mr Benn is an ordinary man who has extraordinary adventures. In this entrancing story he swaps his bowler hat and black suit for an extravagant clown costume and finds himself transported into a world of big-top tents and circus performers. Through the inimitable charm and unique style of David McKee's original artwork this enchanting book brings to a new generation the glories of a golden age of children's book illustration and story telling. Big-Top Benn, along with Counting Birds and Noisy Neighbours, are our first books on a newly dedicated paperback list for children's picture books. Produced with the same care and attention to detail as all of our books for children, we hope this series will make the innovative and creative artwork, for which Tate Publishing has become so well known, accessible to even wider audiences.

Mr Benn: Spaceman

Mr Benn: Spaceman

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Mr Benn is an ordinary man who visits a fancy-dress shop where he tries on an outfit and enters a world of magical adventures! Mr Benn puts on a spacesuit and jets off to different amazing planets - one with jewels, one with no colour and one brightly coloured planet where everyone has to wear a hat! A much-loved classic children's character reissued for children of today to enjoy! 'The very name is enough to induce a warm glow of childish bliss...' Telegraph

Melric and the Sorcerer

Melric and the Sorcerer

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

More power, demands the king. But Melric the magician thinks that the king has quite enough power already. A sinister visitor called Sondrak boasts that he can easily grant the king's wish. But when Melric discovers that Sondrak is an evil sorcerer and up to no good, a dramatic battle follows. 'David McKee is a genius.' The Times 'A delight to read for parents and children alike, rich in witty illustration and comic observation.' - Daisy Bridgewater, Daily Telegraph

Elmer's First Counting Book

Elmer's First Counting Book

Author: David McKee Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2014

Count from 1 to 10 with Elmer, everyone's favorite patchwork elephant, in this amusing board book!

Elmer's Opposites

Elmer's Opposites

Author: David McKee Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2014

Elmer is BIG. Bird is SMALL. Tiger is FAST. Tortoise is SLOW. Have fun looking at opposites from FRONT to BACK in this delightful board book!

Isabel's Noisy Tummy

Isabel's Noisy Tummy

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Isabel's classmates think it is hilarious when Isabel's tummy rumbles in class. Everyone is always giving her advice about it, but nothing seems to work. Then one day the class visits the zoo and Isabel's growling tummy saves them all from an escaping tiger. After this there is no more rumbling, until one day a noise breaks the silence in class. But this time it isn't Isabel's tummy . . . 'A taboo-breaking tale . . . brilliantly observed.' Daily Telegraph

Elmer, Rose and Super El

Elmer, Rose and Super El

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Rose and the pink elephants are celebrating Old's one-hundredth birthday. The celebrations take an unexpected turn when Old becomes stranded on a dangerous cliff top. Rose rushes to get help. It sounds like a job for Super El!

Elmer and the Rainbow Board Book

Elmer and the Rainbow Board Book

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 02/05/2013

Elmer and the other elephants are waiting for the storm to end so they can see the beautiful, colourful rainbow. But something dreadful has happened: the rainbow has lost its colours! Elmer decides to give his own colours to the rainbow, but does that mean he will he lose them forever?

Elmer and Aunt Zelda

Elmer and Aunt Zelda

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Elmer and Wilbur visit their Aunt Zelda. She may be getting old and deaf, but she is fun and has lots of interesting things to show the two young elephants.

Elmer, Rose and Super El

Elmer, Rose and Super El

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2012

The pink elephant herd, along with Elmer's friend Rose, are celebrating Old's one-hundredth birthday. But the celebrations take an unexpected turn when Old becomes stranded on a dangerous cliff top. Rose rushes to Elmer, maybe he knows a certain Super El who can come to the rescue?

Melric the Magician Who Lost His Magic

Melric the Magician Who Lost His Magic

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2012

When Melric, the king's magician, mysteriously loses his magic, he sets out on a quest to return it. But with the kingdom under attack, will Melric get his magic back in time to protect it?

Elmer and Butterfly

Elmer and Butterfly

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2012

One day, as Elmer is strolling through the jungle, he hears a cry for help. A butterfly has been trapped in a hole by a fallen branch. Elmer rushes to the rescue and frees her with ease. In return she promises to help Elmer should he ever need it. But just how can a butterfly ever help an elephant?

Mr Benn-Red Knight

Mr Benn-Red Knight

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2011

Following the welcomed re-release of Big-Top Benn comes another addition to the immensely popular collection of original Mr Benn adventures by author and illustrator David McKee. Published in 1967 Mr Benn - Red Knight was the first Mr Benn book ever written. It introduces the friendly bowler-hatted character who inspired the legendary TV series which made Mr Benn a household name. In this delightful story, Mr Benn finds himself transported into a medieval world where he assists an unfortunate dragon whose role as firelighter to the king is threatened by a greedy matchmaker. McKee's original artwork will entrance children of all ages in what is sure to become a cult classic for yet another generation of readers.

The Tickle Ghost

The Tickle Ghost

Author: David McKee, Brett McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2011

'The Tickle Ghost is somewhere near. Can you see him? Can you hear? Slowly creeping up the stairs. He'll try to catch me unawares'. But who is the Tickle Ghost? And is he real, or are Dad and Dylan just having a bit of bedtime fun?

Elmer Again

Elmer Again

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

It's coming up to Elmer's Day, the day when all grey elephants paint themselves in bright colours. For Elmer, the patchwork elephant with the mischievous sense of fun, life seems far too quiet. So he thinks up a marvellous joke he can play on the other elephants in the night, when they're asleep...

Elmer and Grandpa Eldo

Elmer and Grandpa Eldo

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

Elmer is on his way to visit his Grandpa Eldo. He has great fun reminding Eldo of all the things they used to do together, but is Eldo quite as forgetful as Elmer thinks? He may be old but he is an elephant, after all, and elephants never forget. Do they?

Elmer on Stilts

Elmer on Stilts

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2010

The hunters are coming and all the elephants are worried. Elmer, the patchwork elephant, comes up with a plan to outwit the hunters but things don't turn out quite as planned...

Elmer and the Rainbow Board Book

Elmer and the Rainbow Board Book

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2009

Elmer and the other elephants are waiting for the storm to end so they can see the beautiful, colourful rainbow. But something dreadful has happened: the rainbow has lost its colours! Elmer decides to give his own colours to the rainbow. But what will happen to Elmer if he gives the rainbow his own colours? Will he lose them for ever?

Elmer's Opposites

Elmer's Opposites

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Elmer is big. Bird is small. Tiger is fast. Tortoise is slow. Have fun looking at opposites right from front to back of this delightful book!

Mr Benn - Gladiator

Mr Benn - Gladiator

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2005

Mr Benn always visits a costume shop, chooses a costume and goes through a special door. Then, as if by magic, he can travel to the era represented by the costume. This time he choosesa gladiator costume . . . and he is transported to Ancient Rome. But he has forgotten that gladiators fought one another. When the Emperor spots Mr Benn, he has him carried off to the arena. The worried gladiators there explain that they must fight, even though fighting is wrong. Will it be thumbs down for the alternative entertainment Mr Benn proposes?

Charlotte's Piggy Bank

Charlotte's Piggy Bank

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2004

When Charlotte's Aunt Jane gives her a piggy bank, Charlotte thinks it is a silly present. Until she finds out that the piggy bank is magical and if she saves enough she will get a wish. At last the piggy bank is full enough, but then Charlotte learns that wishes sometimes turn out as you least expect them too...

Two Can Toucan

Two Can Toucan

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2001

How did the Toucan get its name? Find out in this modern fable.

The Elmer Pop-Up Book

The Elmer Pop-Up Book

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/1996

Flaps and tabs reveal Elmer playing with his friends in a brightly coloured animal kingdom where leopards change their spots, crocodiles play hide and seek and Elmer splashes himself with a trunk full of water!

Elmer's Day Tabbed Board Book

Elmer's Day Tabbed Board Book

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/06/1994

Elmer the patchwork elephant has a busy day ahead of him. He likes to have fun squirting himself with water and playing with his friends. He often stops for a chat, and when he is hungry he stops for lunch -some fresh juicy grass. At night Elmer likes to count stars, but he never gets very far before falling fast asleep! The bold colours and simple rhyming story of ELMER'S DAY will enchant very young children, who will love learning the lines by heart.

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