Synopses & Reviews
Paddington, the most endearing bear from Darkest Peru, first charmed American audiences forty years ago. Now a new generation will surely be won over by Paddington's particular brand of preposterous humor and gentle satire. The Browns first meet Paddington on a railway platform in London. He is sitting on a battered suitcase, wearing an odd-looking hat and a sign around his neck that reads, "Please look after this bear. Thank you." And that is just what they do, unaware that home will never be the same once Paddington becomes a member of the family. For an earnest, gentle, and well-meaning bear, poor Paddington has an absolute talent for getting into trouble.
June 11, 2008 The Washington Post
Paddington has a talent for getting into trouble. His intentions are always the best, but he is seldom far from imminent disaster.
In 1958, the story of a little bear found in Londonand#8217;s Paddington Station wearing the sign and#147;Please look after this bearand#8221; was first published and has been beloved by children around the world ever since. At the time of its publication, one reviewer said, and#147;It should be compulsory reading for all children from six to sixty.and#8221; This deluxe anniversary edition includes full-color art throughout by the original artist, Peggy Fortnum.
About the Author
Michael Bond purchased the original Paddington bear as a Christmas gift for his wife in 1956. A Bear Called Paddington was published two years later. At the time one reviewer said, "It should be compulsory reading for any child from six to sixty. Paddington is the funniest character in children's books for many years." Mr. Bond now lives in London.