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Not Now, Bernard: Board Book: 1

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This is a story about two neglectful parents who are so disinterested in the welfare and activities of their child, they fail to notice when he is savagely attacked and eaten in the garden by a monster. The end of free movement has caused labour shortages for food producers, care homes and a gamut of services in between.

Presumably this sort of beastial attack would have generated screams, Bernards monster has some business-looking sharp teeth that protrude from his mouth.Reports of her encounters with overseas counterparts suggest she stumbles at the subtle boundary between direct and brusque; candid and crass. This is a good book about teaching children the importance of inclusion and not ignoring each other. The story and illustrations are good, funny, and, at first, relatable, with echoes of The Boy who Cried 'Wolf'. This is a children's classic that children will relate to, with mother being too busy (on her phone? This book explores a young boys struggle to gain attention from his parents as he is repeatedly told 'not now, Bernard'.

As Sheila Hancock wrote in The Independent, this book “demonstrates that parents can be naughty too”. Loved by children, monsters and adults for forty years, David McKee’s iconic picture book is celebrated in this special anniversary paperback. The rest of the class as the audience could think of questions to ask each character, whilst the children ask questions the teacher could scribe key phrases and responses on the whiteboard. She loves it, she likes to look at it herself and point out the monster and tell me what he's doing.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!

This would be a useful story to get children to open up and discuss feelings, perhaps things that could be happening at home. Described by Donna Ferguson in The Guardian as a “cautionary tale of the perils of ignoring children”, it's a book many parents see themselves in.The monster lives Bernard's life, but more badly behaved, for the rest of the day and, at bed time, tries to tell Bernard's mother he is a monster but she replies "Not now, Bernard". Bernard’s got a problem: he’s found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. In turn allowing the children to understand the potential underlying reasons for the strong emotions in the book. That tendency was on display at the hustings event last week, where Truss was asked whether the French president, Emmanuel Macron, is friend or foe. The message of this picture is certainly aimed at parents during bedtime stories, it's so vital to give your child the time and attention that they deserve.

The monster goes into the house and tries to attract the parents' attention but gets the same reaction from them, completely oblivious to the monster replacing their son. 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! Another favourite from my childhood that I wanted to revisit as a parent, I certainly didn't remember it being so bleak! For his contribution as a children's illustrator he was UK nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006. I was reminded of it by Rafael Behr's opinion piece in today's Guardian, 31 August 2022, six days before Johnson actually resigned as Prime Minister and Liz Truss took over, "Brexit is the monster under the bed Liz Truss is desperately trying to ignore" - see below.Conservative readiness to indulge Johnson is no measure of his reputation in the country, but the leadership contest is not a national election.

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