Not Now, Bernard by David McKee
  

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 logo 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

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Synopsis

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.

Reviews

'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

David McKee

David McKee's first book w as published in 1964. His books are now published in many languages throughout the world, and several of them have been adapted for television. He is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators.

David McKee was born and brought up in South Devon, where he went from grammar school to Plymouth Art College. Whilst still at college he started selling one-off cartoons to new spapers and on graduation, he began to contribute to such publications as Punch, Times Education Supplement and the Reader's Digest.

His first book, Two Can Toucan was published in 1964 and since then he has written and illustrated numerous children's books. His books include the popular best-selling Elmer series, Not Now Bernard and King Rollo. David also illustrates for a number of other writers including Michael Bond's Paddington Bear.

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors David McKee is one of the best known illustrators of picture books, having created acknowledged modern classics such as Not Now, Bernard, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, and Mr Benn, Gladiator. His books are published in many languages throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. He was born in Devon and now divides his time between the South of France and London.

Have you seen Elmer’s Photo Patchwork, an innovative activity-based app that encourages creativity and fun? Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is an elephant who stands out from the herd, and Elmer’s app is different too. It doesn’t keep children glued to the screen, it makes them look up, look around and get inspired by the world. The only limit is their imagination. By using an iPad or iPhone’s camera to take photos of interesting colours and textures, kids can add them to an elephant’s patchwork pattern. Aimed at children aged 3+. Elmer’s Photo Patchwork app is available for £1.99 from the App Store for iPad and iPhone. Find out more at www.elmersapps.com and view the app preview video here.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: To 5

Author

David McKee
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Author's Website

www.andersenpress.co.uk/elm...

Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

10th September 2015

ISBN

9781783442980

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Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo 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.

Publisher's Website

www.andersenpress.co.uk


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