Kes Gray: Not Now, Bernard by David McKee

Kes Gray is a multi award-winning children’s author of more than 70 books, including Frog on a Log?, the Get Well Friends collection, and the Daisy series. Kes has chosen Not Now, Bernard by David McKee as our Book of the Month and you can buy your copy, here!

Children’s author and illustrator David McKee died this year. He gave the world Mr BennElmer The Elephant and in my view the most courageous and brilliantly observed picture book story of all time  ‘Not Now Bernard’.  The unexpected arrival of a monster at Bernard’s front door is a gulp, the ‘do not disturb’ absorption of Bernard’s dad in his newspaper is a double gulp, the dangerously hairy presence of a monster in Bernard’s sitting room is a triple gulp and the fate of Bernard and indeed his dad…well that’s for the reader to decide.

Not Now Bernard is my inspiration, my bullseye and my benchmark. Rest in peace Mr DeliciouslyDevilishDavid McKee.

Thank you, Kes for choosing this title.

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