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Michael Bond , Stephen Fry
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2 Jun 2008

Paddington – the beloved, classic bear from Darkest Peru – is back in this fantastically funny, brand new novel from master storyteller Michael Bond!

'I'm not a foreigner,' exclaimed Paddington hotly. 'I'm from Darkest Peru.'

Paddington Bear always manages to find himself in tricky situations, sometimes extraordinary situations. Like the time he had a difficult encounter with a policeman or when he found himself in deep water with a newspaper reporter. But since arriving from his native Peru after an earthquake Paddington has always felt at home with the Brown family who found him on Paddington station. Until one day, a surprise visitor arrives at thirty-two Windsor Gardens. Is it time for Paddington to decide where 'home' really is?

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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007270860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007270866
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Praise for the Paddington series:

'I've always had great respect for Paddington… He is a British institution.' Stephen Fry

'Paddington has joined Pooh as one of the great bears of English children's literature.' The Teacher

'Michael Bond's accident-prone bear…has become one of the most enduring of children's characters.' The Bookseller

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In 2008 Michael Bond's first novel featuring the adventures of Paddington Bear will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. Paddington's amazing ability to get into and out of trouble is at the heart of the countless stories that have been loved the world over ever since. However it is many years since a new novel has been published, and in celebration of this landmark, Michael Bond has written the funniest and most moving Paddington novel ever.

Michael lives in London with his wife, Sue, and a guinea pig named Olga da Polga. In 1997 he was awarded the OBE for services to children's literature and in 2007 was made an honorary Doctor of Letters by Reading University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Here & Now. And then 12 Jun 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a child the Paddington books were a great pleasure to me, managing to be both cosily conventional and yet utterly iconoclastic at the same time. To a child, the experience of watching an ingenue in the adult world is one with which it is very easy to identify. This was the great strength of the series. And now, after all this time, Paddington returns. So has time been kind to our friend form Darkest Peru? Happily, the answer is a very resounding "yes".

The book itself is a solid and heavy hardback and the illustrations are charming and of good quality, as is the jacket. Such presentation gives a good feeling about what lies inside.

As for the book itself, in all honesty the style has changed not one bit. The odd thing is that it is really quite difficult to identify when these stories happen. There is no sense of any great time having passed at all since the earlier books. There is a passing oblique reference to a nefarious journalist having a mobile phone and a visit to the London Eye, but otherwise these stories are resolutely old-fashioned in tone and the Brown family hardly seem to have aged at all. It's all the better for it and actually quite comforting that Michael Bond hasn't been too gimmicky with this update. It gives the book its considerable charm.

The opening chapter deals with our ursine friend's experiences at the police station after his shopping trolley goes missing. The events are gently satirical and manage to poke some good-natured fun at the puzzlement that older readers may feel about policemen looking ever younger. As can be expected, Paddington enjoys some run-ins with the familiar Mr Curry, has a Hallowe'en party, plays the piano suspiciously well and towards the end gets a huge surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellously nostalgic 28 Aug 2008
By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE
Having loved the Paddington Bear series of books as a child, I was delighted to find this Golden Anniversary story. It's a terrific little book, which I read in one sitting. As usual, Paddington gets caught up in all sorts of scrapes, here involving the police, travel agents and of course, Mr Curry from next door. The Brown family and Mrs Bird are ever present and although the children have grown up a little, the feel of the family is the same as in the earlier books. Bond adopts a lightly satirical approach that will appeal to older readers, gently mocking some of the developments of modern society that Paddington encounters. Read it for the nostalgia and recommend it to children of today; I guarantee that the first sentence will take you right back to the Paddington books of childhood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right Back to Childhood 4 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
..does anyone really need an excuse to get that warm, fuzzy, contented feeling?
Of course we do - and the best excuse is 'I'm reading it to my children'.
This book took me straight back to my own childhood, the little bear has grown more charming if anything. Just little touches by the author to let us know that he knows who is reading this.

This months fave reads for me and mine were this and a little story called Jim's Castle. Marvellous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my son and have become addicted to it. Very very good stories, read really well by Stephen Fry. It gets me to sleep in about 10 minutes flat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paddington: Here and Now 21 Feb 2010
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My daughter really enjoyed the Paddington CD so I bought her the other two in the series. They are perfect for 6-9 year olds and Stephen Fry is such an excellent narrator!
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