Classic Elmer

The Original Elmer

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first Andersen Press publication of the much-loved Elmer the Elephant children’s books. Elmer is a multi-coloured elephant who lives among a grey herd, and was worried about fitting in. Written and illustrated by David McKee, the charming tales of the patchwork elephant have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, becoming a children’s icon. With their bright illustrations and endearing stories, the timeless Elmer titles portray the message that it’s OK to be different and stand out from the crowd – just like Elmer and his many colours.

About the Artist

The most well-known of the Elmers has been updated for a modern 3D sculpture by freelance illustrator Michelle Turton. Michelle specialises in portrait as well as character illustration and her work has featured in books, on buildings, skateboard decks, giant 3D sculptures and walls across the world.

Find out about other community group’s Elmers, the Elmer at the Elephant trail and other Elmer activities.