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Not Now Sophie!
Not Now, Bernard - David McKee
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Not Now, Bernard - David McKee
Advantages: Good story, funny ending, great pictures
Disadvantages: End's a little strange
My parents have just bought a new caravan and as such have been emptying the old one, this book was in my daughters belonging which were found in the process.
I have not seen this book in a shop for a long time now which may be because it is such an old book first being published in 1980 it is even older than I am. I have found the book on Amazon and it currently sells at £1.50 which is a great discount as the RRP for the book is supposed to be £4.99.
The book is written by David mckee who is most well know for the Elmer range of books that he writes, David also illustrates the book and the book has been published by a few different companies over the last 30 years the most recent one being Red Fox. David Mckee was born in South Devon and had his first childrens book published in 1964, David provides the illustrations for the Supergran and Paddington Bear Books.
The front cover of the book has a red background which fades the further down the cover you go, I think this is a nice background and sets the cover up well. There is a large rock on the cover with a mean monster standing on top of it and a little boy which you find out to be Bernard stood next to it. The title of the book and the authors name is written in black so stands out well against the red.
The story begins with Bernard the little boy saying hello to his Father, his Father is busy and so he is told "not now Bernard" he then approaches his Mother who is also busy and again he gets "not now bernard." Bernard tries to tell his Mother that there is a monster in the garden which is going to eat him up and after getting the response of "not now Bernard" he goes down the garden to where the monster is sat and the monster quickly eats him up.
The monster goes into the house and roars at Bernards Mother, he too is told "not now Bernard" he bites Bernards Fathers leg and again is told "not now Bernard. The monster eats Bernards tea, watches the TV, reads a comic and breaks a toy all without being noticed. Finally Bernards Mother sends the monster to bed and when she turns out the light he says "but i'm a monster" to which she replies "not now Bernard."
The pictures in this book are very simple and drawn in bold colour, I would say the most detailing in the whole book is the stars on Bernards jumper. Each picture is drawn on a full colour background and there is no patterns or anything to look at. Some of the pictures tell a little extra to the story and my daughter enjoys telling the story from what is happening in the pictures, when Bernard approaches his Father he is hammering a nail and then when he says "not now Bernard" he hits his hand with the hammer and isn't very happy. The pictures show that Bernards parents are simply too busy with other things to actually notice what is happening around them. The monster is a greyish purple in colour and has horns, a snout and big sharp teeth, my daughter says he is a scary monster.
This book is obviously a good one since it has been around for about 32 years, I remember reading this book when I was at school although didn't remember it ending so abruptly. I find the end abrupt as you have been reading the words "not now Bernard" right through the book you don't realise when you first read it that this is going to be the end of the book. My daughter enjoys this book and she says that it's like when I say "not now Sophie" to her! We both like this book and would recommend it although it would have been nicer with a better ending.
Summary: A great read