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Two Can Toucan

Written by David McKee

Illustrated by David McKee

Books for Babies and Toddlers Featured Books for 3+ readers Humorous Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on Two Can Toucan

Filled with his surreal humour and glorious jungle scenes, David McKee’s picture book will have all readers laughing

Two Can Toucan, a contemporary creation myth by the inimitable David McKee, is full of quiet, surreal humour, one of the things that always sets his picture books apart. The story explains how the toucan got not just his name but his colourful plumage. At the story’s opening, our hero is all black and because he has no name, is laughed at by the other animals. Unhappy, he leaves the jungle to walk to the city where he finds a job carrying cans of paint – you can probably guess where the story is going. Carrying two cans is no problem, but he overreaches trying to carry three. With bright new paint-stained feathers he returns to the jungle and is welcomed back by his old friends. As he shares his adventures with them, they all laugh together – readers will join them. Though written over fifty years ago, the story has lost none of its appeal and McKee’s glorious jungle and cityscapes are as bold, vivid and fresh as if he’d painted them yesterday.

Andrea Reece

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Rediscover the first picture book from master story-teller David McKee.

David McKee is the winner of the 2020 British Book Awards’ Illustrator of the Year and BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2020

Two Can Toucan Synopsis

There's a bird in the forest that is completely black (except for his white eyes), and very unhappy. When the other animals tease him because he has no name, he decides he must leave the forest to find his fortune... and his place in the world. Find out how the toucan got his name, and his amazing colours in this modern classic by picture book legend David McKee - the creator of children's favourites Elmer the patchwork elephant, Mr Benn, and King Rollo.

Two Can Toucan Press Reviews

‘Filled with gentle humour and populated with the quirkiest jungle animals’   Nick Sharratt

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781839130212
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783444809
Publication date: 01/09/2016
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd.
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839130212
Publication date: 7th January 2021
Author: David McKee
Illustrator: David McKee
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Humorous, Animals

About David McKee

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 ...

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