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Not Now, Bernard

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,090 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
The perennial and well-loved classic picture book story about parents too preoccupied to notice their own child. Bernard's parents are so busy doing their own thing, that the monster can eat Bernard's dinner, break his toys, and even eat Bernard, without being noticed!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 7th 2005 by Andersen (first published 1980)
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Shoeb Narot
Sep 24, 2011 Shoeb Narot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Not Now, Bernard” By David McKee

A great little book from my primary school years. I couldn’t help myself when I saw this on the shelf at my local library, I took it out straight away.
I can remember my year 2 teacher reading this book to us and I clearly remember relating to Bernard’s experience in the story.

The story is about a young boy called Bernard who is trying to seek his parent’s attention. His parents are reluctant to give him that attention and as a result, the monster eats up Bernard…
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Hugh Stuart
Oct 10, 2011 Hugh Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic that I somehow missed as a child but it was well worth the wait. It's a very simple story for the very young and I think would be ideal for reading aloud to a reception or KS1 class. It concerns the systematic neglect of the eponymous Bernard and his subsequent demise at the hands of a monster he meets in his garden. The monster engages in some very upsetting and destructive behaviour but is also ignored and is ultimately punished by taking Bernard's role in the household and b ...more
Laura Cope
This short, simple story tackles the issue of a young boy who tries to get the attention of his mum and dad, and yet every attempt is met with a "Not now, Bernard". Bernard is so fed up, that he goes into the garden, gets eaten by a monster, and his mum and dad still don't notice! In fact, the monster ends up tucked up nicely in Bernard's bed!

To me, this book was quite sad as Bernard is left vying for his parents' attention, but to no avail. It is not clear whether the monster is real, or a figm
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Jess Hancock
Oct 24, 2015 Jess Hancock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book as a child and obviously didn't read any more into it, than a monster eating Bernard.
As an adult and parent, this book gives a very strong message indeed.
Spending time with our children, listening to them and acknowledging their existence.
We are always so very 'busy', but what are we actually doing? It can probably wait.
I should read this more often to remind myself of my own parent-child relationship.
Pally Chohan
Aug 21, 2015 Pally Chohan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Now Bernard is a classic story which has been popular amongst primary children for many years. The story is about a boy called Bernard who is ignored by his parents, who simply do not pay him attention and do not acknowledge his presence. When he is trying to tell them about a monster in the garden. Poor Bernard is then eaten by this monster, who then takes the place of Bernard in his household. Poor Bernard’s parents are so busy that they do not even notice that he has replaced their son. T ...more
Iram Ditta
Sep 01, 2015 Iram Ditta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Now, Bernard is a story about a boy called Bernard, who seeks attention of his parents, but in return receives, Not Now, Bernard! Bernard feeling fed up ends up going into his garden where he encounters a monster, who ends up eating him. Bernard's parents fail to notice that Bernard is no more and in fact they are speaking to a monster. Towards the end we are left questioning, do Bernard's parents ever find out that Bernard is no more?

Short, simple story being the perfect read to Early Years
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Amy Reid
The story has bright and colourful illustrations although is actually quite a sad story. It is about a boy who is ignored by his parents who do not even notice when he had been eaten by a monster who replaces Bernard. Young children may find the idea of a monster doing everything a child does funny although represents how a hild may feel or what they experience when their parents ignore them.

This is best suited to lower KS1 and early years due to the bright illustrations and one sentence per pa
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Ayesha Hussain
Feb 26, 2016 Ayesha Hussain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story uses bright vibrant colours which I felt was strange, considering this story was about a child which was being ignored by parents . Whist reading the text is below the images which allows the child to see the picture before reading what will happen, also the illustrator uses a big fount and repetitive words such as "not now Bernard", which would be effective for children which are EAL learners. Bernard is also always seen below this parents which show he is never actually at the same l ...more
Melissa Macfarlane
'Not Now Bernard' was one of my favorite stories to have read to me when I was young. It is also one of my favorites to read to children now that I am an adult. There are a few reasons why I think this is such a great story. Firstly, it is scary and this is something that is missing from a lot of other children's stories. Children like to be scared and enjoy discussing incidents in books where something scary has happened. If children are not given opportunities to think about, and be exposed to ...more
Nisha Patel
Aug 30, 2012 Nisha Patel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not now Bernard! This picture book tells story of a young boy named Bernard trying to gain the attention of his parents to warm them of the scary purple monster in the garden. However, his parents are too busy and preoccupied to take any notice or have any time for Bernard and his warnings. Bernard carries on and he tries his luck by visiting the monster in the garden which leads to an unfortunate end, he gets eaten up by the monster! Following this delicious meal the monster enters the house an ...more
Fazeena

Not Now Bernard is about Bernard who tries to catch the attention of his parents but they are too busy to even look at him and instead they say NOT NOW, BERNARD. He tells his mum that “There’s a monster in the garden and it’s going to eat me.” His mum still does not pay attention to him. Bernard decides to go in the garden where the monster is waiting for him. The monster eats Bernard and decides to go into Bernard’s house. Bernard’s parents mistake the monster to be Bernard and they don’t reali
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Sarfraz
Oct 30, 2012 Sarfraz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernard is a little boy who discovers a monster in the garden. He tries to get the attention of his mother and father but it seems they are always busy and is confronted by the same response "not now Bernard". Bernard finally decides to go in to the garden where he is eaten by the monster. The monster then goes inside the house and tries to scare the parents, who, occupied with other activities give the same response to the monster "not now Bernard".

When I read this story, I didn't think much o
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Donna Gofur
Fantastic story about a young boy called Bernard, who desperately tries to tell his mum and dad that there is a monster in the garden.

With Bernard's mum and dad ignoring his cries, Bernard decides to go outside and befriend the monster by saying hello. He however, unexpectedly gets gobbled up.

The monster comes into the house and causes havoc!
Oblivious that poor Bernard has been eaten, Bernard's mum decides she has had enough and sends Bernard to his room.

I read this story to my reception cla
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Emma Butler
"Not Now Bernard" by David McKee, is an enchanting tale. It is a classic story that has stood the test of time.

The story begins with Bernard saying hello to his father, however the only response he receives is "Not now Bernard", he then finds his mother to say hello, but is left with the same response again, his mother ignores him when he tells her of the monster in the garden. Feeling dejected he goes onto the garden but is eaten by the monster. The story continues with the monster taking on Be
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Paul Greer
Apr 23, 2012 Paul Greer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Now, Bernard by David McKee was packed full of surprises for such a short book. On first reading, it made me quite angry as to its content, but on further reflection I can see where it may be usefully employed with young children. The book is the story of Bernard, and how he is always ignored by his parents. Each time he tries to get their attention, the response is obviously ‘not now Bernard’, even when Bernard tells his mum that there is a monster in the garden she ignores him, and then th ...more
Carina Mcdonagh
'Not Now, Bernard' by David McKee, is a bright, colourful story which in direct contrast with the vibrant look of the book is actually quite a sad story. It's about a boy who is ignored by his parents to the level where they don't realise that he has been eaten by a monster and that the monster actually replaces him, eating his dinner, sleeping in his bed etc. Although young children may find the idea of a monster doing everything that a child usually does quite funny, it is an extreme version o ...more
Sehrish
I really love this book by David Mckee! it has lovely illustrations throughout the book which also tell the story. The title of the book is what is repeated in the book so it is perfect for children with English as additional language. We meet Bernard at the front page of the story. Bernard gets no luck trying to get mum and dads attention they are too busy doing jobs so they tell him "not now Bernard". Bernard seems to be seeking attention when decides to tell Mum that there is a monster in the ...more
Rebecca
Oct 31, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful children’s book that gives children an insight into the possibilities that can occur when parents aren’t paying attention. The story is about Bernard who is constantly turned away when he attempts to interact with his parents with use of the repetitive phrase, ‘Not now, Bernard’, which also features as the title. The book is very cleverly executed and suited to children in the early key stage one phase or even later EYFS because the layout is simple with a full page picture w ...more
Maeve Harrison
“Not now, Bernard” by David McKee displays a typical scenario between a bored and lonely child and his busy parents. The book illustrates how sometimes children yearn for adult attention but are ignored and not listened to as they are only children, thus their needs are not met. Bernard is seeking his parents attention throughout the book but they are predominantly busy with their own chores, and tell him “Not now, Bernard”. They even fail to notice that Bernard has been eaten by a monster and i ...more
Sanah
Sep 09, 2012 Sanah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book which displays the classical scenario between busy parents and children in today's society.

This book uses simple language and fantastic illustrations to tell the story of a young boy named Bernard, who tries to get the attention of his parents. When both parents refuse to listen to him with the response 'Not now, Bernard!', the dejected Bernard goes to the garden to discover a monster who eats him up whole.

The monster now enters the house and takes the role of Bernard in the famil
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Muireann Mc Gowan
This story introduces us to a little boy named Bernard who does everything in his power to gain his parents attention. When he tells Mum that there is a monster in the garden that's going to eat him Mum gives the standard 'Not now, Bernard' as a reply. Having had no joy with his parents, Bernard decides to go into the garden and say hello to the monster. Perhaps it will take some notice of him. And he does but not in the way Bernard had hoped as the monster ends up eating him. The monster then d ...more
Zoey Nealon
Dec 28, 2014 Zoey Nealon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this book. I remember it very well from my primary school years and now read it to my own daughter. So much nostalgia!

Although the book revolves around a negative issue (neglectful parents) it's quirky images give it a much lighter tone. In a way it provides you a subliminal message both as a child and as an adult. "Never ignore your child! Continue to talk your parents ears off until they finally pay attention to you!"

5 out of 5 stars!
Ross Oates
"Not Now Bernard" by David McKee, is a picture book that displays a typical scenario between a child and their parents in today’s world. Its about a boy called Bernard whose parents are too busy to pay attention to him. Each time he goes to them ask for something, they respond by saying “Not now Bernard”. The young boy feels dejected and goes out to the garden to be eaten by a monster. The story continues with the monster taking on Bernard’s role in the family, he eats his dinner, and watches te ...more
Una Kilcoyne
May 15, 2012 Una Kilcoyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting story about a boy, Bernard, who constantly gets ignored by his parents who respond to him with the phrase "Not Now Bernard!". When he sees a monster in his garden and his parents refuse to acknowledge him, he decides to go out to talk to the monster who ends up eating him. The monster then goes into Bernard's parents and roars and bites his Father with no reaction only to be sent to bed. Children would find this book humorous and could definitely relate to some of the them ...more
Tracey Young
May 03, 2012 Tracey Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully funny book about a little boy called Bernard. Bernard keeps trying to tell his parents that there is a monster in the house eating his dinner, breaking his toys and it eventually eats him but his parents do not notice. The parents are too busy and reoccupied and repeatedly say “not now Bernard”. This book is nice and short which makes it suitable for young children. It could also be used with other monster books, such as Where The Wild Things Are or The Gruffolo. Children could foc ...more
Hollie Westmore
David Mckee- Not now Bernard.

After reading this story I was unsure as to what the moral of this story was. I could not see what impression Mckee was trying to leave on the reader. After some consideration, I believe the message of the story was to show that Bernard was not eaten by the monster but turned into the monster to try and gain some attention from his parents. The story showed that both parents were not paying any attention to Bernard or the trick that he was playing on them!
I believe
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Heather
Jun 10, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely book about a monster and a little boy called Bernard. Bernard is constantly trying to get the attention of his parents, yet is told 'not now, Bernard'. When Bernard finds the monster, he tries to tell his parents about that too, but is told again 'not now'. Bernard confronts the monster, and is eaten. The monster then takes Bernard's place in the house and wrecks it; though his parents do not notice the difference.

Chn love it as it has a monster in it, and enjoy when he starts
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Katie
Jan 19, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'Not Now, Bernard' is about a boy who is ignored by his parents to the level where they don't realise that he has been eaten by a monster which then replaces him by eating his dinner, and sleeping in his bed.

The book has some great illustrations that Early years children will love along with the repetition of the line ‘Not now Bernard!’ The book could be studied as part of a topic on Monsters or to tackle the issue of feeling left out or being ignored.

I am sure that the majority of the children
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Siobhan
Aug 01, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind.

And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?
Nadine
May 02, 2012 Nadine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This picture book tells the story of a boy named Bernard,who tries to gain the attention of both his mother and father, but is ignored to the point where he is eaten by a monster and his parents do not notice. The monster goes into the house and also tries to gain the attention of Bernard's parents - by roaring at Bernard's mother and biting Bernard's father. However they still pay no attention and send the monster to bed, thinking the monster is actually Bernard. It is funny, however slightly s ...more
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David McKee (born 2 January 1935) is a British writer and illustrator, chiefly of children's books and animations. He has used the pseudonym Violet Easton. He is frequently referenced as David (John) McKee.

For his contribution as a children's illustrator he was UK nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Anderse
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