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Paddington Abroad (Paddington Bear Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Bond , Peggy Fortnum
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Browns are going abroad, and Paddington considers a holiday in France is not to be taken lightly, So he packs a disguise outfit, his magic set and a map of France printed on a tea towel.

Paddington is in charge of the “EYETINNERY” and, as Mrs Bird mutters darkly, “There’s no knowing where we might end up.” But he’s planning some very good holiday ‘doings’ indeed for the Browns. And Paddington himself becomes the only bear ever to ride in the famous Tour de France bicycle race – and win a prize!

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    Product Description


    • Ebook version of another fantastic Paddington fiction title with the new classic design.

    • Paddington is a classic bear loved by adults and children alike all over the world.

    • Sales show no signs of flagging, and enormous quantities of merchandise are widely available.

    • Paddington is a classic character with a contemporary appeal: the first interactive Paddington App was launched in December 2011 with widespread review coverage and two new Paddington games are set to launch through the Paddington website in Spring/Summer 2012

    About the Author

    Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire on 13 January 1926 and attended Presentation College, Reading. He served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army before working as a cameraman for BBC TV for 19 years. In 1997 he was awarded the OBE for his services to children's literature.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2804 KB
    • Print Length: 140 pages
    • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (26 Jan. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006UN3K9O
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire on 13 January 1926 and educated at Presentation College, Reading. He served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army before working as a cameraman for BBC TV for 19 years. In 1997 he was awarded the OBE for his services to children's literature.

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly charming 15 Jun. 2007
    By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
    There is something utterly charming about the writing - Bond uses uncomplicated language but is so very adept at building up the muddles and trouble that Paddington, who always acts from the best motives, finds himself getting into. The way he characterises the bear is simply wonderful, with his sad little explanations as to how he can't do things with his paws, or the "very hard stares" that he gives to people he thinks are being rude, the whole book is a delight.

    Here the Browns are going to France and Paddington is placed in charge of the itinery. Madness ensues, with scenes that include Paddington facing arrest at the bank, Paddington being taken away by immigration officers (a scene that's particularly funny given today's media panic over illegal immigrants, even though it was written over 40 years ago), the Browns getting stuck on a desert island and Paddington entering the Tour de France.

    Because the book was written back in 1961, some of the slang may seem very strange to children today - e.g. "crikey", "smashing" and I think there's a "whizzo!" in there as well, but for adult readers I think that's all part and parcel of the nostalgia. There's also some broad stereotypes of the French (mainly with the way the accents are reproduced), which might raise some eyebrows but I think you'd really have to stretch things to suggest it's offensive, especially when the French characters are shown as being so friendly and welcoming to Paddington and the Browns.

    All the familiar characters are here - the Browns and Mrs Bird, and Mr Gruber. In fact, only Mr Curry (Paddington's grumpy and unpleasant neighbour) is missing, which is a shame but does give me an excuse to go out and buy the others!

    Special mention also has to be given to Peggy Fortnum's illustrations of the little bear, which are simply lovely - very simple, made with pen and ink but they really get across Paddington's character.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Paddington's first trip to France 12 Nov. 2012
    By Omnes
    For the first three books of the Paddington series, Michael Bond wrote Paddington's adventures as incidents that could have been more or less connected to one anotherother, such as in the first book where the Browns welcomed him and introduced him to British customs. But in "Paddington Abroad", his adventures revolve around one concern: the Browns' summer holiday in France. As such, the book's first half concerns all the mishaps Padington has to do as he prepares himself for this trip, and the latter half revolves around the holiday itself. Though I don't want to reveal too much detail for as we all know, Paddington's adventures always take a surprising turn for everyone. My favorite chapter in this book was the one in the airport, as the Browns wonder how Paddington can get to France if he is a stowaway bear and wonder if he has a passport. I liked this chapter because this goes along with Paddington Here and Now where a disgusting rag accuses Paddington' of being an illegal immigrant, something that had created debate in newspapers and with fans all around the world.

    To conclude, I loved Peggy Fortnum's illustrations which bring life to Paddington's exploits, and I loved the drawing she did for Paddington on a tricycle and of the tent he installed during a particular incident in the penultimate adventure. The drapes' details are clear and contained lot of energy.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Paddington's fun abroad! 9 Oct. 2008
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    The fourth book in the series offers a change of scenery and sees the Browns, Mrs.Bird and Paddington have a holiday abroad. Even before they go, Paddington makes a meal of things, and only gets worse as they all arrive at the airport. Even though this book was written a few years ago, the mishaps at the airport makes the book feel modern and not at all out of date. The adventures continue on their holiday, and Paddington makes lots of friends, including some which may remind you of those in London! Adults and children will love the stories, and the way they are written means that even if you are an adult, you don't have to feel guilty about reading these books. Another fine book.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable Bear from Darkest Peru 9 Jun. 2015
    By Twinkle
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is the fourth book in the Paddington series and every bit as funny as the first three. You do not need to be a child to read these books. I have been enjoying re-reading them all as its over 40 years since the first time I read them. I love Paddington!
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best! 22 Jan. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The Paddington books were the first stories I can remember. Reading them again the memories came flooding back, they are just SO GOOD.
    I particularly wanted the books with the original (and best), Peggy Fortnum illustrations, which are as good as I remember.

    My only criticism, inflation has taken over and Paddington's sixpence is now ten pence!

    I can't recommend these books highly enough to everyone.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Cool 18 May 2014
    By Sky
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    I love this book it is the best and I'm 9 and I still love it I was born in Paddington station and got lost there when I was young so I know how Paddington feels
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The marmalade eating bear rules! 21 Aug. 2014
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Mainly about a holiday in a French seaside village, but not as we've experienced it. Who can resist reading these out to your children?
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