David McKee - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

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 writen 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 McKee loves to paint and now lives  in the South of France but regularly visits London.

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.

 

Featured books by David McKee

Other books by David McKee

Sir Ned and the Nasties

Sir Ned and the Nasties

Author: Brett McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2018

The whole kingdom is plagued by the screeching, howling din made by the Nasties, so the King sends Sir Ned to deal with them. A wolf, a witch and a troll help Ned along the way, but it turns out he has walked into danger - these three are the notorious Nasties themselves! Luckily he works out why they sound so awful and teaches them to listen to each other, so they ask him to join the band rather than turning him into dinner.

Melric and the Dragon

Melric and the Dragon

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

When a dragon is spotted, the whole kingdom fears a fiery attack is imminent! The king organizes his army into hunting teams. But Melric knows that not all dragons are fierce - in fact some like nothing better than chocolate cake...

Melric and the Dragon

Melric and the Dragon

Author: David McKee Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2015

When a dragon is spotted, the whole kingdom fears a fiery attack is imminent! The king organizes his army into hunting teams. But Melric knows that not all dragons are fierce - in fact some like nothing better than chocolate cake...

Melric and the Petnapping

Melric and the Petnapping

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

The king's beloved pet troon has vanished along with all the other unusual pets in the palace, so he commands Melric to find the pets and fast! Melric joins forces with his cousin Guz, and they soon discover that Sondrak the sorcerer is behind the petnappings. Can Melric and Guz use their magic to outwit the cunning Sondrak?

Mr Benn: Spaceman

Mr Benn: Spaceman

Author: David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Mr Benn is an ordinary man who visits a fancy-dress shop where he tries on an outfit and enters a world of magical adventures! Mr Benn puts on a spacesuit and jets off to different amazing planets - one with jewels, one with no colour and one brightly coloured planet where everyone has to wear a hat! A much-loved classic children's character reissued for children of today to enjoy! 'The very name is enough to induce a warm glow of childish bliss...' Telegraph

The Tickle Ghost

The Tickle Ghost

Author: Brett McKee, David McKee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

The Tickle Ghost is somewhere near. Can you see him? Can you hear? He is slowly creeping up the stairs. He'll try to catch me unawares. But who is the Tickle Ghost? And is he real, or are Dad and Dylan just having a bit of bedtime fun?

Harlequin (Book + CD) 44 Songs Round the Year

Harlequin (Book + CD) 44 Songs Round the Year

Author: David Gadsby, Beatrice Harrop Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 31/01/2002

A collection of 44 songs for every month, season and celebration in the year. A sparkling collection of 44 songs for all the months, seasons and celebrations in the year. This pack contains a full music songbook with words, melodies, piano accompaniments and play-along percussion ideas. The CD contains a recording of all the accompaniments to sing along with.

Okki-Tokki-Unga Action Songs for Children

Okki-Tokki-Unga Action Songs for Children

Author: Ana Sanderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/1994

The greatest ever collection of action songs for little children! Everything from the sizzling Ten fat sausages to the hilarious No laugh race with all manner of toe tapping, hand clapping, nose wiggling, wriggling and giggling in between. Every early years setting and primary school should have one. The collection is in the familiar songbook format with sturdy wire-o binding to keep the book open at the song you're singing. Each song has a simple piano accompaniment and guitar chords and the words are brought to life by illustrator David McKee's wonderfully comical little people, performing all the actions to show you how. Recordings of all the songs with backing tracks are available separately on CD.

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