Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork. The grey elephants all love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it would be like to be just the same as them... Full of colour, wisdom and pathos, little readers will love this classic tale at bedtime.
Collect this special 30th birthday edition of David McKee's first book about Elmer, that turned this adorable patchwork elephant into a nursery favourite. With this special edition comes a free audiobook and a beautiful foiled cover.
Deservedly a modern classic, with over ten million copies of his books sold worldwide, Elmer’s subtle message, that it is ok to be different, resonates with children across the world. Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. Happy 30th Birthday, Elmer!
'A deserved favourite with the 2-5s' SUNDAY TIMES
David is the creator of several well-known characters including King Rollo and Mr Benn. His most famous creation is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant which is now published in more than 50 languages and has its own successful global merchandise programme.
David McKee was born in Devon and went to Plymouth Art College, where he had a traditional training. On leaving college he drew regularly for, among others, Punch, Reader’s Digest, and The Times Educational Supplement. His drawings were influenced especially by Saul Steinberg and Andre Francois.
David’s first picture book was one of the stories he had told at college, Two Can Toucan. This was published by Abelard-Schuman in 1964 and the version David re-illustrated in 1985 was re-issued in 2001 by Andersen Press. David has written and illustrated over 50 picture books for Andersen Press including 24 original Elmer stories. David lives in Arles, France
Unquestionably the life and soul of the party. I loved this book from the first time I read it.
Its message of celebrating diversity and uniqueness is just as topical today as it was when celebrated author David McKee first created Elmer.
This board book edition is everything you would hope for… perfect.
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.
A celebration of individuality and laughter.
Striking effects with simple means.
The Times Literary Supplement
Every child should get to know Elmer the patchwork elephant.
Riveting Reads SLA 3-6
Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential for the nursery.