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A very welcome return for David McKee’s magical Mr Benn
People of my generation will still remember the special thrill of watching the magical Mr Benn TV series, how lovely that today’s young children can now get to know David McKee’s bowler-hatted character through these reissued picture books. Bowler hats may be rarer on our streets these days, but it’s just as exciting as it ever was to go with Mr Benn from his monochrome world, through the magical Fitting Room door in the fancy dress shop, into somewhere much more colourful. In this story, he is transformed into a knight and helps save a dragon who is losing his job as royal firelighter to a rather unscrupulous match maker. The story can be enjoyed on all sorts of levels by children and adults alike and the illustrations, of course, are sublime. Some of the spreads of Mr Benn, in full armour, leading the king and his knights out to bring home the dragon would fit right in to the Bayeux Tapestry, and are wonders of movement, humour, detail and perspective. A must-have picture book.
Celebrate 50 years of the iconic BBC TV series with the original Mr Benn picture books! Voted 3rd in a BBC poll of 25 to 45 year olds of all-time favourite children's shows Voted 6th in Channel 4's poll of the 100 greatest kid's TV shows Voted 10th most famous time-traveller by The Times.
When Mr Benn visits the little fancy dress shop, he enters a fantastical world of adventure as if by magic... In this story, a red suit of armour catches Mr Benn's eye, and when he tries it on he finds himself transported to a land full of castles, dungeons and dragons!
'...the very name is enough to induce a warm glow of childish bliss...' Telegraph
|Publication date:||4th March 2021|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Fantasy / Magical|
|Collections:||2021 Preview - Mega Books on the Horizon,|
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 ...More About David McKee
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