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Elmer [Paperback]

David McKee
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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Book Description

6 Sep 2007 Elmer (Book 46)

Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A modern classic, this picture book is known to millions, and has sold over 2 million copies around the world. The subtle message is that it is OK to be different, and combined with the vibrant colour and cheeky humour of the main character, this new edition is a celebration of his continued popularity.

This new edition features a new-look cover and free audiobook!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842707310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842707319
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David McKee's first book was published in 1964. His books are now published in many languages throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. He is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators.

David McKee was born and brought up in South Devon, where he went from grammar school to Plymouth Art College. Whilst still at college he started selling one-off cartoons to newspapers and on graduation, he began to contribute to such publications as Punch, Times Education Supplement and the Reader's Digest. His first book, Two Can Toucan was published in 1964 and since then he has written and illustrated numerous children's books. As well as his own books, which include the popular best-selling Elmer series, David illustrates for a number of other writers including Michael Bond's Paddington Bear and Forrest Wilson's SuperGran books.

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"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." (Junior)

"A celebration of individuality and laughter." (Publishers Weekly)

"Excellent" (Parent Guide)

"Striking effects with simple means." (The Times Literary Supplement)

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The very first book about Elmer the patchwork elephant, now with free audiobook!

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly amusing with wonderful colourful pictures. 12 April 2002
By A Customer
Elmer by David McKee is an extremely amusing, colourful book with a lovely moral to it. It tells the story of a multi-coloured elephant who, for once in his life, wants to mingle with the rest of his herd and be like all the others. When he does this he finds out what his true purpose is in life and that is to make the other elephants happy. A lovely story to read to a child and enjoyable for adults too.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for children and grown ups alike!!! 19 Mar 2001
By A Customer
All the Elmer books are brilliant. This is the first in the series. Elmer is a lovable elephant, who likes to play jokes on the other elephants. Once read you will fall in love with Elmer, and just have to read the other books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this book!!!!!!!!! 6 Oct 2007
I read this book when i was 7, i'm 21 now and still love it!!
It lets kids know that it's ok to be different.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elmer keeps little ones entertained 21 Sep 2009
My two little boys, (ages 3 and 5), both love Elmer books, but I think that this one is our favourite.

In this story Elmer is fed up of being different, and hatches a plan to be just like all the other elephants. However, he soon finds that although he now looks the same as everyone else, they still recognise him due to his playful nature. The ending is sure to put a smile on anyone's face...and I'm sure that my sons carefully check every elephant they ever see, just in case it is Elmer!

The illustrations are lovely, colourful, (obviously?!), and provide lots to talk about. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Story 8 Feb 2014
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I absolutely love the story of Elmer and have done since I first read it to my children over 20 years ago. Elmer feels a little bit different and left out of the elephant group de to his bright colours. However, he plays a practical joke on the whole herd who fall about laughing and create an annual Elmer day.
This is a very gentle story that acknowledges that it can be difficult and lonely being different from the herd. However it comes around at the end to celebrate Elmer's uniqueness and turns a negative feeling into a positive one.
A good fun story with a positive message.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable colours! 16 Sep 2008
Elmer the colourful elephant is made to feel ashamed for his differences, and covers his `true colours', as he is dazzling a patchwork of colours instead of being grey. In order to blend in, Elmer paints himself grey, but sooner after the other elephants literally see through his disguise as it washes off in front of them. Elmer is ridiculed, but it isn't long before they all see the errors of their ways and decide to celebrate his rainbow colours by decorating themselves in a similar fashion to Elmer.

For Reception, and Years ! and 2, the book raises points on key subjects such as cultural differences and acceptance of others values. It was used at [Primary School] as part of KS1 themed week, with art activities and hall displays. Through personally assisting with this themed week, I realised how many avenues books such as these can open up for a class.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magically memorable 10 July 2000
By A Customer
This book has got to be one of the best children's books ever; if you never read your child another book this has to be the exception. We all have our 'faults' and no one knows them quite as well as we do or percieves them in the same way. This is true of Elmer, his fault is that he is patchwork, only Elmer really cares, the other elephants only know Elmer as the funny elephant and that's just how it should be. All children love this book because we all have our strengths and our weaknesses and want others to draw on our strengths. The most memorable book ever, as child and now as teacher, I'll share this book with everyone!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely 13 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
a lovely colourful book for my little boy, not too many words on each page so you get to read them before my son flicks the page over! a great buy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very colourful illustrations and good well written story to suit small...
Very colourful illustrations and good well written story to suit small children.Not a favourite with my 3 year old grandson for some reason,which is why I gave it 4 stars. Read more
Published 1 day ago by CarolynKillingley
5.0 out of 5 stars which child hasn't loved this colourful elephant
Classic Elmer, which child hasn't loved this colourful elephant. Beautiful illustrations and a lovely storyline. A must for any young child's library.
Published 5 days ago by MRS KIM
5.0 out of 5 stars my girls love it and one of them had been working on ...
Lovely childrens story, my girls love it and one of them had been working on it at school too. Thoroughly recommend.
Published 6 days ago by TamzUK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic story
Published 9 days ago by Patricia Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described many thanks 😀
Published 12 days ago by Emma Parry
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
I have to say that I hate this book. The text is extremely dull and the supposed moral of the story is highly dubious.
Published 25 days ago by Andrew J
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book would recommend for everyone
Brilliant book for little ones! My 2yr old loves me reading it to her! And we've also got a soft toy of elmer and a pull a long wooden elmer which she loves.
Published 2 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
This book is such a classic, after learning about it at nursery my daughter requested it. I remember it myself from childhood and it never disappoints. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kcaly
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
Elmer rocks. What else is there really to say? Other than I've got to type 11 more words for this review.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars You cant go wrong with Elmer
I gave this to my Granddaughter with the Elmer pull along, it meant she could have the story and act it out with the toy
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Heather Nelson
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