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Mr Benn 123456789

Written by David McKee

Illustrated by David McKee

Part of the Mr Benn Series

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Mr Benn 123456789 Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 5+ readers

Mr Benn brings a hint of colour to his fellow prisoners lives

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2021

Award-winning David McKee’s highly original character Mr Benn enters a fancy dress shop on a whim and chooses a black and grey costume with the numbers 123456789 on it. No sooner has he tried it on than he finds himself in…a prison! Everything in the prison is grey and gloomy and everyone in the prison is sad. They are so sad that they spend most of their time crying! Mr Benn can understand that being locked up makes people sad but he finds it hard to know why the men all cry so much until he meets Smasher Lagru, the self-proclaimed boss of the prison, who explains that it is the greyness that gets everyone down so much. What can be done?  Mr Benn comes up with an audacious plan and soon the prison is transformed into a place full of all colours of the rainbow. And everyone is very much happier. David McKee’s early work on the power of colour to transform life is perfect for all those who now love Elmer the patchwork elephant. 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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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.


Julia Eccleshare's Picks for July 2021

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Hope Jones Clears the Air by Josh Lacey

Mr Benn 123456789 by David McKee

Mr Benn 123456789 Synopsis

When Mr Benn visits the little fancy dress shop, he enters a fantastical world of adventure as if by magic...

In this story, Mr Benn tries a black and white stripy outfit for size, only to find himself magically transported into a prison!

Collect all four Mr Benn classics in their 50th anniversary paperback editions!

Mr Benn Red Knight

Mr Benn Big Top

Mr Benn Big Game

Mr Benn 123456789

The only original picture book not to be animated in the BBC series.

Mr Benn 123456789 Press Reviews

..the very name is enough to induce a warm glow of childish bliss...' Telegraph

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ISBN: 9781839130731
Publication date: 01/07/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839130731
Publication date: 1st July 2021
Author: David McKee
Illustrator: David McKee
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

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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