Death: Mr. Benn and Elmer author dies aged 87 – David McKee, the 87-year-old children’s novelist, and illustrator best known for the Mr. Benn series has died. The author, who previously wrote Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and Not Now, Bernard, was born in Devon and has sold over 10 million books worldwide.
According to bbc.com, His publisher, Andersen Press, announced the “beloved” author’s death “with great sadness” in a statement. “We at Andersen Press hope that his spirit lives on through his cheerful, passionate stories for many more generations.”
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Mr. Benn, McKee’s character, was famed for wearing a black suit and a bowler hat while going on a series of adventures. Mr. Benn went to a fancy dress store and tried on a variety of outfits before exiting via a magical door and embarking on a voyage relevant to his costume in each narrative.