In a Minute by Tony Bradman


In a Minute by Tony Bradman

Jo is eager to get to the playground in the park, with her friend Sita and Patch the dog. But Mum and Dad take so long she thinks they'll never get there. When they finally arrive they are terribly disappointed...Until Patch makes a fantastic discovery.


Depicts the relationship between child and parents with a gentle affection. The text is aimed squarely at the child in its use of simple, accessible language, and Bradman's sympathies too are clearly with his main character - as shown by the gentle twist in the tale which little ones will love to predict. Eileen Browne's illustrations, meanwhile, bring a lovely warmth to both the family dynnamic and the wider community, although this is a story that could be set anywhere, dealing as it does with one of the universal constants of parent-child relationships. Armadillo Magazine One of those ideal texts that you should have in the book area for children to choose from because it gives positive messages about difference and celebrating cultural diversity in a subtle and implicit way. Early Years Educator I love children's books that give realistic reflections of family life and all its imperfections...This is another book of that calibre. Juno A must for parents who want their children to appreciate all the colours of the world. Intermix

About the Author

Tony Bradman

Tony Bradman was born in 1954 (not during the Jurassic era, as his children have been known to claim). He went to school in London, and then Cambridge University. After university he worked in the music press, then became Deputy Editor of Parents magazine, and began reviewing children’s books. He had his first book for children published in 1985 and became a full-time author in 1987.

Tony loves films and popular culture. He lives in Beckenham, Kent with his wife Sally and their three children Emma, Helen and Thomas and Rufus the cat.


If you were a Viking warrior, what would your name be? And what about your battle cry?

Which of the places in the book would you most like to visit: Russia, Norway or Constantinople? Why?

If you were a Viking warrior, and could have any person from history/film/books in your gang – who would you choose? And Why? What would the gang be called?

I’d pick all the great Viking warriors – Harald Hardnut, Erik Bloodaxe, the Godwin brothers Tostig and Harold, maybe Thor the Norse God, Beowulf, Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Boromir and Faramir from Lord of the Rings and loads of others. What would we be called? Why The Cool Vikings, of course!

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

3rd March 2011



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