Mr Benn author David McKee dies aged 87 after a short illness
Mr Benn author David McKee who also wrote children’s favourites Elmer and Not Now, Bernard, has died aged 87 after a short illness
David McKee, the best selling children’s author and creator of Mr Benn has died at the age of 87.
The news was confirmed by his publisher Andersen Press who say he died at his home in the South of France after a short illness.
McKee started out in children’s book back in 1964 with Two Can Toucan and became a household name selling millions of copies of his Mr Benn and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant books.
David McKee, the best selling children’s author and creator of Mr Benn has died at the age of 87
His character Mr Benn has appeared in several children’s books a man wearing a black suit and bowler hat who goes into a fancy-dress shop to try on a particular outfit and goes on a magic adventure that matches his costume
His long time publisher Klaus Flugge has said: ‘I am devastated by the sudden death of my best friend David McKee. He was as close to Andersen Press as I am. He became great friends with everyone he encountered; staff, authors and illustrators alike.
‘His was a singular voice and a shining light in children’s books that highlighted inclusivity, diversity and parts of our world that are not always present in publishing for children.
‘His classic books include Elmer, Two Monsters and Not Now, Bernard, amongst many, many others, have become part of the canon of children’s literature, and we hope will be enjoyed by children for many more generations to come.
McKee started out in children’s book back in 1964 with Two Can Toucan and became a household name selling millions of copies of his Mr Benn and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant books
‘Not only was I fortunate to be his publisher, he was also a wonderful friend, and he will be missed by many more people than he could ever imagine.
‘My thoughts, and those of everyone at Andersen Press, are with his family and many friends around the world.’
The author wrote 29 Elmer books which have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
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