Andersen Press is working with animation studio Factory on a new TV series of David McKee’s Elmer series of picture books.
Produced by Factory in Altrincham, the new series will have a “funny, light narrative” and encourage small children to be kind to each other.
Phil Chalk, m.d. of Factory, said: “Elmer is one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time and we are so excited to be teaming up with Andersen Press and David McKee in bringing Elmer to life for a brand new generation of children.”
This year is the 30th anniversary of the first Elmer book, Elmer and the Patchwork Elephant, and Andersen has organised a number of celebrations, including retrospective of David McKee’s illustration at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books; Elmer family sculpture trails in partnership with Wild in Art across the country, partnerships with anti-bullying charity Kidscape on ‘Friendship Friday’ and Empathy Lab on Empathy Day.
According to the publisher the Elmer books have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 50 languages.