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Artist Rob Jones

By Rob Jones 

Bernard is the tale of a misunderstood wild hound. Feared by local villagers who believe he wishes to eat them... All Bernard really wants to get his jaws around is a jar of strawberry jam!

With striking 4-colour illustrations and easy to follow rhyming prose, Bernard is perfect for pre-schoolers who like their picture books a little on the edgy side. A future classic!

- Nominated for the prestigious 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
- Winner of The People's Book Awards 2015 (children's category)


"Told in rhyming prose, this is a fantastic book to read aloud. Children will delight in initially fearing Bernard then giggling at his sweet tooth. With a style reminiscent of Ed Vere, the bold and brash illustrations jump from the page and will capture the attention of even the youngest reader. Double page spreads of sharp teeth and petrified eyes perfectly build the sense of fear early on, whilst Bernard's upturned snout delightfully tells us that he's not really all that scary."

"Bernard is Rob Jones's first picture book for children and its fun, distinctive style marks him as an illustrator to be very excited about." (The School Librarian Journal)

"Bernard has that rare quality of rhyming prose that flows beautifully, as well as a story that builds perfectly and will have children squealing with delight. The illustrations are reminiscent of Roobard and Custard with a classy touch of Kazuno Kohara and the design is just delicious!" (Rhino Reads)

"We loved Bernard. Rob has balanced the slow-burn build up of tension with every page turn absolutely perfectly, as finely tuned as some of our most favourite screamtastic children's books... A rip-roaring belter of a book, brilliant for building up to its sweet and satisfying finale!" (Read It Daddy )

"Rob Jones has a bold, striking style of illustration and his minimal use of colour in this book makes this story perfect for the younger reader and a style that will appeal to their emerging sense of humour." (Picture Books Blogger)

"A small book but one that makes a big impression." (Red Reading Hub)

"Frightening, gruesome, surprising and funny! Picture book gold!" (Magpie That)

Author/Illustrator: Rob Jones
Publisher: Beast In Show Books
32 pages / English
Size: 20cm x 20cm
First Edition (Nov 2014)
ISBN: 978-0-9929067-0-2