Not Now, Bernard

Collector's Edition Hardback

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Andersen Press

2 Other Related Editions

Age 5+

Family & Home Stories Mysteries & The Supernatural Picture Books

Published to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the book, each lavish hardback is signed by David McKee and contains an introduction by former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen.

Bernard has a problem. There's a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster… and that doesn't go quite to plan. Loved by children, monsters and adults for thirty five years, this beautiful collector's edition is a must-own for all fans of David McKee's classic picture book.


David McKee's first book was published in 1964. Today he is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators and his well loved characters include Mr Benn and Elmer the patchwork elephant. His books are published in countless languages throughout the world, and many of his works have been adapted for television.


Even very young children see the joke.


Shows David McKee’s droll, deadpan humour at its very best.

Books for Keeps

Well-loved classic… Little ones will love (and recognise all too soon!) the oft-repeated ‘Not now, Bernard’, leaving older children and their parents to appreciate the black humour and static, expressive illustrations

Guardian, The Best New Children's Books supplement

I adore this book, it’s one of my favourite picture books, now out in mini version. . . With one sentence per page this hilarious book with wonderfully expressive illustrations is great for beginner readers, but I would recommend it to all ages and abilities. I’ve lost count the number of times I have read it, but it still makes me laugh out loud. The last but one picture in particular is a classic!

Primary Times

A brilliant image of parent-child relationships . . . that brings matching ear-to-ear grins to every grown-up and child-in-the-lap’

Books for Keeps

A brilliant fable

The Ultimate First Book Guide

Very funny, written very dryly and is a sobering lesson to all us busy parents who sometimes get distracted!

Lucy Owen, Western Mail Cardiff

Opened my eyes to what was possible with children’s writing. Helped me realise that nothing needs to be taboo – its all in how you treat the material.

Sophie Mckenzie, Lovereading Guest Editor

An Andersen classic. Hilarious cautionary tale.

Michael Rosen, Lovereading Guest Editor

This is a true classic!

The Good Book Guide

This will always have a special place in my heart, being the first book I ever remember reading. Future generations can revel in its simple and macabre story.

Absolutely Fulham

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