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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 written 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 loves to paint and now lives in the South of France but regularly visits the UK. 

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. 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!

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Other books by David McKee

Not Now, Bernard 40th Anniversary Edition

Not Now, Bernard 40th Anniversary Edition

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2020

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 for forty years, David McKee's iconic picture book is celebrated in this special anniversary paperback.

Elmer Search and Find Colours

Elmer Search and Find Colours

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 21/05/2020

Elmer the patchwork elephant has lent one of his colours to each scene in this rainbow search and find adventure! Jam-packed full of things to spot, questions to answer and details to discover, all from Elmer's colourful world. Help young children learn their colours while searching each busy scene, developing their powers of observation, visual acuity, and their number and language skills.

Elmer's Birthday

Elmer's Birthday

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

The elephants decide it's their turn to play a trick on Elmer: all of the animals must pretend to forget his birthday tomorrow! But when the day comes the trick doesn't quite go according to plan. The elephants should have listened to Elmer's friends...

Elmer Opposites: A Flip Flap Book

Elmer Opposites: A Flip Flap Book

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 02/04/2020

Big and small, quiet and loud, night and day... Learn first opposites with Elmer and his friends with this interactive board book specially designed for very young children. Match the opposites using the flip-flap pages! This simple but engaging format encourages conversation and play, so those little fingers can really get to grips with opposites. Great for enriching young readers' vocabulary in a fun and engaging way, this interactive book features bright illustrations and is the perfect introduction to the idea of opposites.

Elmer Shapes: A Touch and Trace Book

Elmer Shapes: A Touch and Trace Book

Author: David McKee Format: Board book Release Date: 05/03/2020

Belinda Brown

Belinda Brown

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2019

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

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https://www.andersenpress.co.uk/elmer/

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