Ever worry about fitting in? Read this. Sherbet-rainbow-coloured story joy. Elmer the patchwork elephant looks like a walking rainbow. He also loves to play cheeky jokes. We think it’s awesome to be as unique as Elmer. But one day, he feels tired of standing out. So he paints himself grey to blend in with his herd. Hmmm. How long do you think he can hide his true colours? (Clue: not long!) David McKee has given all of us something very special and unique in this joyful picture book.

  • A true classic introducing a best-loved character
  • Lighthearted way to explore themes of difference
  • Beautiful colour artwork and a playful story
  • Includes a free audiobook download link

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    I think Elmer is a good story because it shows you can be different.

    26 February 2018

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    4 March 2014

  • I love this book my teacher used to read it to me and my friends in the reading corner in school

    27 August 2012

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  • Awards

    David McKee won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize) in 1987 for Two Monsters.

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