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In a minute

In a minute

Bradman, Tony, 1954-; Browne, Eileen

Jo is eager to get to the playground in the park, with her friend Sita and Patch the dog. But Mum and Dad take so long she thinks they'll never get there. When they finally arrive they are terribly disappointed. . . Until Patch makes a fantastic discovery

Book. English.
Published London: Little Mammoth, 1991
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Available at Minchinhampton Community Library.

  • Minchinhampton Community Library – One available

    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    9937139597 General Junior Fiction Picture Book Available


Statement of responsibility: Tony Bradman and Eileen Browne
ISBN: 0749704187, 1847801803, 9780749704186, 9781847801807
Note: Originally published, London: Methuen Children's Books, 1990.
Physical Description: (27)p.
Subject: English fiction Children's stories


"We'll never get to the playground," said Jo.

"Yes we will," said Dad. "We'll be there in a minute."

Jo is eager to get to the playground in the park, to play with her friend Sita and Patch the dog.

But Mum and Dad take so long - getting ready, stopping to talk to friends and getting distracted by speeches and processions - she thinks they'll never get there.

When they finally arrive at the playground they are in for a terrible disappointment. . .

Until Patch the dog makes a fantastic discovery.

A charming follow-up to the classic multicultural picture book, Through my Window. The third book in this series featuring Jo, a little girl from a mixed race family, is Wait and See. With sweet, cheerful illustrations and simple text, this book is suitable for the youngest child.

By a popular and respected author/illustrator team. Tony Bradman is a highly regarded author and anthology editor, and Eileen Browne is the author of the acclaimed Handa's Surprise.


Depicts the relationship between child and parents with a gentle affection. The text is aimed squarely at the child in its use of simple, accessible language, and Bradman's sympathies too are clearly with his main character - as shown by the gentle twist in the tale which little ones will love to predict. Eileen Browne's illustrations, meanwhile, bring a lovely warmth to both the family dynnamic and the wider community, although this is a story that could be set anywhere, dealing as it does with one of the universal constants of parent-child relationships.
Armadillo Magazine||One of those ideal texts that you should have in the book area for children to choose from because it gives positive messages about difference and celebrating cultural diversity in a subtle and implicit way.
Early Years Educator||I love children's books that give realistic reflections of family life and all its imperfections.This is another book of that calibre.
Juno||A must for parents who want their children to appreciate all the colours of the world.


"I'm ready!" said Jo.

She was going to the park with her mum and dad.

Best of all, she was going to the playground with its swings, see-saw and slide.

Sita and her dog, Patch, were coming too.

"Can we go now?" asked Jo.

But Mum and Dad were very slow.

"We'll be with you in a minute," they said.

Soon Mum and Dad were ready. They went next door for Sita.

"Come in," called Sita's mum.

She was putting something in a bag.

Sita was looking for Patch's lead.

"Be with you in a minute," she said.

Now sita was ready.

They set off for the bus-stop.

But on the way, Dad met one of his friends.

They stopped to chat.

"Dad!" said Jo. "We'll miss the bus!"

"I'll be with you in a minute," said Dad.

He kept on talking.

They missed the bus.

"Oh well," said Mum. "There will be another one along . . ."

"In a minute!" said Jo.

But they had to wait for ages.

At last, they arrived at the park.

They were just going in when Mum met one of her friends.

So they stopped for another chat, and to look in the buggy.

"Mum, can we go in now?" asked Jo.

"In a minute, Jo," said her mum.