Top 10 Elmer facts!

Peters news (Website) - Elmer day
May 15th, 2017

We’re going to be celebrating Elmer Day on 27th May – you can find out the nearest Elmer event to you here!

In the meantime though, to get us in the mood, we’ve got some interesting and little-known Elmer facts about our favourite patchwork elephant…

  1. Elmer was first published by Andersen Press in 1989.
  2. Elmer has been translated into 50 languages, including Curacaon Papiamento, Aruban Papiamento, Luxembourgish and Azerbaijani.
  3. Elmer is so popular with all ages in Japan that a successful clothing range for adults has launched there.
  4. Elmer’s colourful patchwork body is made up of 9 colours: yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black and white.
  5. The Elmer books tackle some big issues, such as immigration, prejudice and conservation.
  6. In 2014 the Guardian celebrated Elmer as an LGBT hero for ‘opening people’s minds to accepting difference and being themselves for a quarter of a century’.
  7. David’s style has been influenced by many great artists including Paul Klee, the Fauvists and Brueghel.
  8. If you look carefully you can spot Elmer in two of David’s other books – Not Now Bernard and King Rollo.
  9. David took inspiration for Elmer’s elephant family from his own relatives; Cousin Wilbur, is based on a ventriloquist uncle of David’s and Aunt Zelda is based on David’s own mother.
  10. Elmer is available in a tactile and audio version for blind and visually impaired children and two Elmer stories have been translated into sign language to make them more accessible for deaf children.


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