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Not Now, Bernard

Not Now, Bernard [Kindle Edition]

David McKee
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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" Even very young children see the joke. - T.E.S. Shows David McKee's droll, deadpan humour at its very best. - Books for Keeps"

Book Description

A classic picture book

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 41963 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 009972541X
  • Publisher: Andersen Digital (4 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009H5IVJ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David McKee's first book was published in 1964. His books are now published in many languages throughout the world, and many 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 newspapers 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. As well as his own books, which include the popular best-selling Elmer series, David illustrates for a number of other writers including Michael Bond's Paddington Bear and Forrest Wilson's SuperGran books.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming tragicomic tale for toddlers! 4 Oct 2007
My 20 month old daughter loves this book. It's a simple enough story for her to understand yet with a melancholic edge which has her happily gurning her pretend sad face (especially when the monster breaks one of Bernard's toys)! Recommended to all!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars something for the whole family 19 Feb 2011
My almost 3 year old son loves this book as it has a monster, my 5 year old daughter loves this book because she can read it herself and although it makes me cry I love this book because it makes me think about how often I am saying 'not now...' all parents say it and while teaching children that it is not always appropriate to interrupt is important so it taking the time to listen to what our children are telling us and spending a little time in their world. Children view it as a funny book with monsters that a new reader can access not a scary story of indifferent, neglectful parents and it is this fact that makes in such a good book and the illustrations are great to!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Reading this book made me ask myself do my children get enough attention? The children related to this book.
Bernard is left to his own devices. He seeks attention from the family and then gets eaten by a monster..the parents don't realize they are talking to a monster and not to their son Bernard (even the monster gets confused)...
It has the great affect of making a monster seem friendly. Explaining the dilemma parents have of trying to spend time with their children and at the same time getting on with their household chores. Easy enough for your 4-5 year old to read along with you.
I intend to buy extra copies to send to other family members.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent children's story. 30 Mar 2013
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Bought for my grand daughter who was sad when she had to take the borrowed book back to the library.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved by both of my girls 22 Oct 2007
I adore this book and it has been cherished and read again and again for my 2 daughters. They found the idea of Bernard's parents not noticing he'd turned into a monster very funny and not at all sad or scary. I personally don't think there is any sinister message here - all kids know of the feeling of being ignored by their parents at some point in their lives!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite book when I was a boy! 5 Aug 2006
This was my favourite book when I was a boy, read it a million times. The cool thing is, when you read it as an adult you realise that there is an important mesage there too.
Ignore your children and they will turn into monsters.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Bezerus Bezby VINE VOICE
I loved this book as a child and my children love it now. A womderfully funny but short book, making it suitable for smaller children. Mum and dad are so preoccupied with day to day life, they fail to spot that their son Bernard has been eaten by a monster and the monster is now masquarading as Bernard.

A real treasure this one- you won't mind reading it over and over again to your little 'uns.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a sad little book 6 Oct 2006
Lovely illustrations and my 3 year-old son enjoys the story, but it is really quite sad. On every page the little boy, Bernard, is being told by one of his parents "not now", to the point where they don't notice that he's been replaced by a monster whilst eating his dinner or going to bed.

This story does get read at bedtime once or twice a onth in our house but I can't say that I like it at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My 17 month old loves this story and enjoys shouting Hello at the beginning. Important story for parents too
Published 7 days ago by moviefan17
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, upsetting story.
Horrible horrible horrible. Thankfully I read this book before reading it to my 2 year old daughter. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Debbie Gallon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought as a gift to celebrate seeing the theatre performance.
Published 12 days ago by Dittoquote
5.0 out of 5 stars bit brutal but great none the less
Forgot the ending to this from childhood, bit brutal but great none the less!
Published 1 month ago by Celine Naude
4.0 out of 5 stars A BRILLIANT BOOK INDEED
I think that this book would be popular all over the world, it's great.

This book is marvellous. It is funny and very easy to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PA
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! Fast Dispatch
Read this book over and over as a child, now i can read it to my own child. great book! Fast Dispatch, would reccommend!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right now, Mummy
I have been suprised how much my 2 year old daughter has taken to this book. She knows it off by heart and is frequently seen gazing through the window looking for the monster in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nomnom
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I used to love this book when I was little and thought my son would love it just like I did. And I was right, he wanted me to read it to him over and over again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by olivia
1.0 out of 5 stars Not funny
Bought this for my grandson, 3 1/2, who now thinks that if his parents ignore him he will be replaced by a monster!

Sorry it's no joke.
Published 4 months ago by Mr Michael D Ursell
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Customer.
Excellent service. Delivery as promised. My Granddaughter was absolutely delighted with the book. She is just learning to read so we have all been involved with Barnard! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mollie B
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