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Elmer's Birthday

Written by David McKee

Illustrated by David McKee

Part of the Elmer Picture Books Series

Early Years

LoveReading View on Elmer's Birthday

It’s hard to believe that this is the 27th Elmer storybook as it feels as fresh as one of the brilliantly coloured flowers in his jungle.  The elephants are all set to play a trick on Elmer on his birthday. They tell the other animals to act as if they’ve forgotten, nobody is to wish him ‘Happy Birthday’. Lion thinks it’s a funny kind of joke, and lots of the other animals seem confused but the elephants are so excited they don’t stop to listen. Perhaps they should though, because the surprise doesn’t work as they’d hoped. Even so, everyone is laughing and enjoying cake on the last page. David McKee never fails to entertain and surprise, and Elmer and his many friends remain top company for the very young.

Andrea Reece

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Elmer's Birthday Synopsis

The elephants decide it's their turn to play a trick on Elmer: all of the animals must pretend to forget his birthday tomorrow! But when the day comes the trick doesn't quite go according to plan. The elephants should have listened to Elmer's friends...

A new tale to celebrate Elmer the Patchwork Elephant's 30th birthday from master-storyteller David McKee, this is the twenty-seventh Elmer storybook!

Elmer's Birthday Press Reviews

Praise for Elmer;

Unquestionably the life and soul of the party. I loved this book from the first time I read it. - Exepose

Its message of celebrating diversity and uniqueness is just as topical today as it was when celebrated author David McKee first created Elmer. - Junior Magazine

This board book edition is everything you would hope for... perfect. - The Bookbag

Every child should get to know Elmer the patchwork elephant.' - Riveting Reads SLA 3-6

 'A deserved favourite with the 2-5s' Sunday Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783447947
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Author: David McKee
Illustrator: David McKee
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years

About David McKee

David McKee was born in Devon and studied at Plymouth Art College. In the early part of his career, McKee regularly drew and sold humorous drawings to magazines and newspapers such as The Times Educational Supplement, Punch and the Reader’s Digest. David McKee has written and illustrated over 50 picture books for Andersen Press and has penned a number of children’s classics including King Rollo, Mr Benn, Not Now Bernard and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. David loves to paint and now lives in the South of France but regularly visits the UK.  One of the ...

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