Elmer and the Patchwork Story

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Written by: David McKee
Publisher: Andersen Press

This World Book Day, come on a brand new adventure with Elmer the patchwork elephant and discover the joy of telling, sharing, and making up stories!

Do you know the story about the magic biscuit? Neither does Elmer! But the baby elephants want to hear it, so Elmer and his friends race to remember it before bedtime . . .

For over 35 years and across 30 stories, Elmer has spread a message of confidence, friendship and compassion to children all around the world.

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    About the Author

    David McKee

    David McKee (1935 – 2022) was the creator of well-known characters including King Rollo, Mr Benn and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, which is now published in more than 60 languages and has its own successful global merchandise programme. David was born in Devon and went to Plymouth Art College, where he had a traditional training. On leaving college he drew regularly for Punch, Reader’s Digest, and The Times Educational Supplement. His drawings were influenced especially by Saul Steinberg and Andre Francois. In 2020 David won the British Book Awards Illustrator of the Year Award and BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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