It's two days before the annual visit of Papa Red and the young elephants are very excited. They choose a tree to decorate and prepare the presents for Papa Red to collect during the night to take to those who need them. But this year Elmer has a special treat in store for the young elephants, if they can keep quiet and out of sight...
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A seasonal treat for fans of the patchwork elephant. - The Bookseller
One of David McKee's warmest stories - sure to be a hit amongst both old and new fans of the patchwork coloured elephant. - Carousel Magazine
A very useful book to share with children who write long and demanding Christmas lists. David McKee's illustrations that accompany the story are utterly irresistible too. - The Bookbag
Elmer the Elephant is an established favourite with the two-to-five age group. In this seasonal tale, the bright bold illustrations and sense of fun are perfect for very little ones. - Daily Mail
This is absolutely the ideal Christmas story. It perfectly captures the true spirit of Christmas. - Parents In Touch
McKee's cheerful gouache illustrations have their usual naïve charm . . . Charming enough to please Elmer's devoted fans of any age. - Kirkus
Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential for the nursery. - Julia Eccleshare, lovereading4kids.co.uk
Every child should get to know Elmer the patchwork elephant. - Riveting Reads SLA 3-6
McKee's story sends a strong but friendly reminder of the importance of generosity and goodwill during the holiday season. The playful, vividly colored illustrations complement the book's cheery tone. - Horn Book Magazine, US
McKee uses his traditional vibrant colors in the simple cartoon illustrations. - School Library Journal, USA
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 world's leading contemporary children's book creators.