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My Brother Bernadette

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My younger brother Bernard has some big ideas. At summer camp, he was only interested in doing one thing -- designing costumes for the end-of-the-summer play! Even though the other kids would call him Bernadette forever...
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Heinemann Library (first published May 1st 2001)
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Lynley
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This book is part of the 'Yellow Banana' series put out by Heineman Young, which are short chapter books for semi-fluent readers. I'd been looking for something like this because my six-year-old responds very well to text with high quality, coloured pictures, and although she has quite liked chapter books such as Violet Mackerel and similar, those are not expensive productions; the illustrations are simple line drawings. While line drawings can be quite wonderful and expressive, the illustration ...more
Amrin Nahar
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Sara and Bernard join the summer project at the local school where Sara is lumbered with looking after Bernard..as usual! The project has many activities but all Bernard wants to do is join the clothes design lesson which he was really good at. Big Dan, who was much bigger and tougher than Bernard,  began to push Bernard around and started to call him 'Bernadette'. Sara wants to help her little brother but she was worried that she might make things worse. Bernard does not need any help, he  cont ...more
David Mensah
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this story. It is about a vulnerable child whose life is made unbearable by a bully but ends up getting the upper hand in an unusual way. I think that the story is well written, easy to read, witty and captures some of the nuances of childhood interaction really well. The title of the book is great and apt for the story that unfolds.
The idea of a boy turning to knitting and stitching as a pastime is something I personally found a bit controversial. I'm not sure whether it has anything t
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Yapha
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was so disappointed in this book. It starts out well. Sara's younger brother Bernard is picked on at day camp by Big Dan, who calls him Bernadette and teases him mercilessly. Bernard takes a while to figure out what he wants to do, but ends up very happy in the sewing activity. He takes old clothing and jazzes them up with embroidery and other bits from different pieces. The other kids are impressed with his work and he makes a lot of friends, none of whom call him Bernadette anymore. At the e ...more
Nadine
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book narrated by Sara, Bernard's older sister, follows Bernard dealing with being bullied at the Summer Project by Big Dan. The story shows how Bernard overcomes bullying and being called Bernadette due to his different interests to most boys at the Summer Project - clothes design. The issue of bullying in the story is told in a comical manner, lightening the tone of Bernard being bullied. The ending sees Bernard gaining triumph over his bully and popularity with the other children. Childre ...more
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