Not Now, Bernard

Board Book

Binding: Board Book

Imprint: Andersen Press

2 Other Related Editions

Age 5+

Mysteries & The Supernatural Picture Books Family & Home Stories

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. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster… and that doesn't go quite to plan.

Loved by children, monsters and adults alike for almost 40 years, David McKee's iconic picture book is available for the first time ever as board book. The sturdy and stylish cased board book, complete with QR code for audiobook download, makes this a must for every nursery bookshelf.


David McKee is a living legend in the world of children's books. His famous characters include Elmer the patchwork elephant, Mr Benn, King Rollo and of course Bernard. His books have been published in countless languages throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television.


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

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

My favourite books for very young children are ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak and ‘Not Now Bernard’ by David McKee.

Michael Rosen

A brilliant fable

The Ultimate First Book Guide

Even very young children see the joke.


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

Books for Keeps

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

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