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Written by David McKee

Part of the Elmer Picture Books Series

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Featured Books for 3+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

Elmer has captured the hearts of young children for 20 years with the subtle message is that it is OK to be different. Combined with the vibrant colour and cheeky humour of the main character, this has become an essential bedtime story. To see other Elmer titles click here.


Elmer Synopsis

Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A modern classic, this picture book is known to millions, and continues to be one of the biggest selling picture books ever, having sold over 2 million copies around the world.

Andersen Press invites you join in the celebrations for Elmer Day! There are lots of events all over the country including craft days, dressing up and storytelling, and you can find what's going on near you on this special Elmer map.

You can download a Elmer’s Parade Pack here which includes craft activities, games, colouring sheets, bunting and lots of ideas for holding your own Elmer party.

For more about Elmer, including activities and downloads visit

Elmer Press Reviews

Unquestionably the life and soul of the party. I loved this book from the first time I read it. Exepose

Its message of celebrating diversity and uniqueness is just as topical today as it was when celebrated author David McKee first created Elmer. Junior Magazine

A deserved favourite with the 2-5s. The Sunday Times

A wonderfully upbeat and powerful tale that celebrates the uniqueness of the individual - and provides one of literature's best-loved characters too. Junior

A celebration of individuality and laughter. Publishers Weekly

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781842707319
Publication date: 6th September 2007
Author: David McKee
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Collections: Celebrate Elmer Day - 28 May 2022,

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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