Elmer the Elephant (written and illustrated by David McKee) is 25 years old this year. Sadly, Elmer isn’t old enough to have been around during my childhood, but he’s featured quite heavily in H’s. We’ve read many of the Elmer books and a few are permanent residents in the bookcase in his room. Some time ago we helped our local library create a large Elmer for a display. That was a lot of fun and it was easy for the children to create a picture that looked like Elmer because he is so distinctive. Elmer is an all round good egg because he’s a thoughtful, brave and friendly character plus he’s a good and loyal friend.
Over the last week or two we have been rereading the original Elmer book, as well as reading the most recent addition to Elmer’s library for the first time: Elmer and the Monster. Elmer and the Monster sees brave Elmer going to investigate the monster that the other animals have heard, but not seen. Without wanting to give too much away, Elmer shows us the qualities that have made him one of our favourite book characters. As ever the books are beautifully illustrated bringing to life the jungle creatures including Elmer’s fellow elephants. A lovely book which would make a lovely gift.