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About the book
  • Published: 2 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781783446773
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 10
  • RRP: $16.99

My First Elmer

Shaped Board Book


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Discover the original Elmer story in a chunky board book shaped like Elmer himself! A perfect introduction to the world of Elmer for the very youngest readers.

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, this classic tale has been abridged for the very youngest readers in this tactile shaped board book edition. With its sturdy shaped pages for little fingers and its eye-catching march across any bookshelf, this gift is the perfect introduction for babies to the world of Elmer.
'A deserved favourite with the 2-5s' SUNDAY TIMES

  • Pub date: 2 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781783446773
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 10
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

David McKee

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 27 original Elmer stories. David lives in Arles, France

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Praise for My First Elmer

“This large saped board book is a great first introduction to Elmer... A charming story which celebrates being different and standing out from the crowd.”

Best New Children's Books Guide, produced by the Publishers' Association and published in the Guardian 2018


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