Thursday, September 16, 2010

Not Now Bernard

Not Now Bernard

Written and Illustrated by David McKee


Published by Sparrow Books




Oof, back after a holiday in Cornwall and with a couple of weeks off work left, I thought I'd hit the library and refresh Charlotte's last selection. After all, great as The Gruffallo is, you can only take so many readings before you're reciting the page after the one you're actually on before you've even turned over. 

Back with David McKee and yet another moral tale of parents and their relationship with their kids. Naturally, this isn't some boring psychology paper, but a neat little story showing what happens when you ignore your child or take them for granted. As with all McKee's books, the illustrations and characters are instantly a hit with children and even though this was first published in 1980, it still has plenty to say about parent-child interaction today. 

Charlotte's best bit: The monster eating Bernard up, every last bit. 

Daddy's favourite bit: The look of indignation on the monster's face when he's sent to bed. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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