Not Now, Bernard
Written by David McKee
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Two of our Guest Editors chose Not Now, Bernard - celebrating it's 35th anniversary in 2015 - as one of their favourite books.
Sophie Mckenzie 'This dark, rather depressing picture book opened my eyes to what was possible with children's writing. Adults often assume kids should be protected from what scares or threatens them in literature, but Not now, Bernard, helped me to realise that nothing needs to be taboo - its all in how you treat the material.'
and chosen by Michael Rosen. 'An Andersen classic, this well-loved picture book story is about parents too preoccupied to notice their own child! They are so busy doing their own thing, that a monster can eat Bernard's dinner, break his toys, and even eat Bernard, without being noticed! An hilarious cautionary tale.'
The Good Book Guide Review. Bernard’s parents are always busy, so when Bernard comes in and says ‘There’s a monster in the garden and it’s going to eat me’ his mother says ‘Not now Bernard’. The consequences, although potentially alarming to adults, are portrayed in McKee’s very funny illustrations, and children love to laugh at the monster being tucked up in bed. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, this is a true classic! (Ages 4-6)
~ Fiona Lafferty
Not Now, Bernard by David McKee
Bernard has a problem. There's a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster...and that doesn't go quite to plan. Loved by children, monsters and adults for thirty five years, this beautiful collector's edition hardback is a must-own for all fans of David McKee's iconic picture book with an introduction by former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen.
'Very funny, written very dryly and is a sobering lesson to all us busy parents who sometimes get distracted!' Lucy Owen, Western Mail Cardiff
'My favourite books for very young children are 'Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and 'Not Now Bernard' by David McKee.' Michael Rosen
'A brilliant fable' Tony Bradman
About the Author
Interest Age: To 5
More books by David McKee
Andersen Press Ltd
10th September 2015
Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press
Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.
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