on 27 February 2012
Who doesn't love Paddington Bear? Right? And this brand new addition is no exception, it is another wonderful adventure for Paddington and the Brown's.
Paddington and the Brown's attend a local sports day, the family are quite competitive at the start but things start going downhill when Paddington gets involved.. He only wants to help but he does the opposite of helping every-time and ruins the Brown's chances of winning anything.
Everyone is down in the dumps as nobody won a thing, but there was an unexpected surprise in store for Paddington.
This was a really well written, wonderfully illustrated, engaging, funny read. We will definitely be going back and reading again and again and we will also be looking out for new Paddington bear titles in the future. I actually think I enjoyed this more than my 3 year old. :)
*Special thanks to HarperCollinsChildren's books for the review copy*
on 29 February 2012
Yes, he's back, Britain's most loved bear- and he's going strong at almost 65 years old!
Wonderful book, witty and funny, with R.W.Alley's fantastic illustrations as usual (Bond and Alley make the best of pairs; Paddington wouldn't be Paddington if he didn't look like Paddington).
Despite the sports theme, (and even though it is probably written and published in 2012 to honour them), this is not a book about the Olympics, as I was afraid it might be, when my husband ordered it for our daughter from Amazon. Somehow I would have disliked it if this book was just about the Olympics, given the fact the games have proven to be such a sore subject with people everywhere in the UK; first with East Londoners, who are sad the East of London is not considered good enough for the marathon to be run in it, then with the people outside London who are calling these "The London Games" and are feeling left out of the whole thing and lastly with -allegedly- only 25% of the UK tickets going to ordinary people, the rest going to "corporate hospitality".
The book avoids all this by being a celebration about sport in general and by containing this most noble of all principles, prominently mentioned in the last page of the book: "Winning isn't everything. Taking part and doing your best is what matters most". Soppy and mawkish? No, just a good message for very young kids and that's the way we like it. Take it from a bear who's already won our hearts big time!