At the first hint of a chill in the air, Elmer's friends start complaining about the cold, so Elmer decides to show them what cold weather is really like. They set off for a walk up a mountain, and the higher they get, the colder it gets. A good snowball fight at the top warms them all up, but the elephants agree that compared with the freezing mountain top, their home is not really that cold at all. With his typical sense of mischief and fun, Elmer shows how hot and cold are only relative.


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


Elmer’s powers of persuasion are legendary and this story is a typically brilliant example.


Fun-packed story which shows the playful elephant at his very best – full of warmth and friendship.

Parents in Touch

As well as being fun, this is a good book for helping your child discover the relative values of hot and cold.


Vastly entertaining.

Belfast Telegraph

Young readers will gain plenty of reassurance on finding another book in a favourite series.

Best Books Guide – Child Education

A delightful picture book.

School Librarian

There is something supremely child-friendly about that patchwork elephant.

Wendy Cooling

Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential for the nursery.

Julia Eccleshare

Elmer’s antics are the stuff of picture book legend and Elmer in the Snow is no different. While Elmer takes his friends on a journey to experience snow for the first time, the bright illustrations and easy to tackle text will take young readers on their own journey. We learn that snow can be fun, but cold, and that discoveries can both expand our knowledge and make us appreciate what we have.

Early Years Educator

Unexpected fun is Elmer’s way of showing the elephants that cold is not necessarily nasty.

School Librarian

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