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Not Now, Bernard

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Read the story aloud to your child allowing time to look closely at the illustrations as you do. Children are often fascinated with these, particularly when Dad gets hurt with the hammer and bitten by the monster! Talk about the book Forgotten the title or the author of a book? Our BookSleuth is specially designed for you. Visit BookSleuth In addition to all the problems Behr lists, on 4 September, twelve Tory MPs said they plan to submit letters of No Confidence to the internal 1922 Committee in Truss' first week as PM (they'd need 54 in total). See HERE. Look at the different shades of each colour in the pictures. Can you recreate these shades (and make your own) by mixing colours? This book is all about a boy called Bernard who is very neglected and never gets attention from his parents. This is a good book about teaching children the importance of inclusion and not ignoring each other. As a result of being ignored from his parents Bernard was eaten by a monster.

Not Now, Bernard by David McKee | The British Library

The next resident of 10 Downing Street will find the garden crawling with monstrous economic and political menaces. A chorus of Bernards is raising the alarm. Economists, MPs, former Tory ministers, charities, trade unions, businesses, local councils – all can hear rustling in the bushes where a beastly crisis lurks, ready to savage the new prime minister. I've read and enjoyed this many times, albeit not recently. The story and illustrations are good, funny, and, at first, relatable, with echoes of The Boy who Cried 'Wolf'. The parents are always too busy to pay much attention to their son. It was written in 1980, long before smartphones and social media. This is the next chapter for Britain. The monster is here, announcing itself with roars and snarls. The crisis is upon us, demanding capable, serious government. When will that cry be heard? Not now, Britain. Not now.

The Tory party recognises only two possible positions on Britain’s relationship with the EU – heroic insistence on further severance and cowardly plotting to rejoin. Labour, unwilling to adopt the former stance and afraid of being cast in the latter one, says nothing meaningful on the subject. Using crayons and a large sheet of paper your child could draw their own monster, encourage them to talk to you about their picture. Write a story that explains what happens next. How do Bernard’s family react when they realise what has happened? Still in print more than 40 years later, an updated 40th-anniversary edition was released in 2020. In the new edition, Bernard's parents are now preoccupied by their digital devices, on top of the housework and D.I.Y. [5]

Not Now Bernard | The Story Museum Not Now Bernard | The Story Museum

The sentences in the story are all quite short. Could you use a connective to join some of them together? Does this improve the story? Then there is that other monster, the one that has become such a fixture in the garden that even the opposition seems not to notice it any more. Can we talk about Brexit? Not now, Bernard! A new version with updated illustrations to reflect modern technology was published in 2020 to mark the books 40th anniversary. I liked this book as a child and obviously didn't read any more into it, than a monster eating Bernard. Britain’s self-exclusion from continental markets is not the biggest cause of present economic pain but it will be hard to imagine remedies in the absence of any rational audit of that decision or any reexamination of the ideological fixations that provoked it. But for Brexit believers, it is always too soon and too late to pass judgment.Meanwhile, the erection of pointless customs barriers between Britain and its nearest markets has obstructed trade, imposed costs on business, snarled up supply chains and stoked inflation. The end of free movement has caused labour shortages for food producers, care homes and a gamut of services in between. Print off the diary sheet provided so that your child can draw some of the things the monster does in the story. Draw a monster Share favourite parts of the story or favourite illustrations. Talk about anything that puzzles your child, for example why Bernard’s parents don’t listen to him. Join in

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