“A bear on Paddington Station?” said Mrs Brown in amazement. “Don’t be silly – there can’t be.”
The Browns first met Paddington on a railway station – Paddington station, in fact. He had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru with only a jar of marmalade, a suitcase and his hat.
The Browns soon find that Paddington is a very unusual bear. Ordinary things – like having a bath, travelling underground or going to the seaside become quite extraordinary, if a bear called Paddington is involved.
“Paddington has joined Pooh as one of the great bears of English children’s literature”
About the author
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 2015, Michael was awarded a CBE for his services to children’s literature, to add to the OBE he received in 1997. Michael died in 2017, leaving behind one of the great literary legacies of our time.
I liked the part when someone owned Paddington
Revisiting one of my favourite childhood book. Rekindled fond memories and I smiled the whole time whilst reading. I have aged, however the beautiful story telling, interesting characters and funny stories haven't! What a bear! I do have a large Paddington in my house...wouldn't feel right without him.
I started reading Paddington books when I was 11, after loving the animated series as a child. I remember being surprised even then how it was a book that children, teenagers and adults could all comfortably read. Paddington is one of the funniest, most heart warming and endearing characters ever. Re-reading the first book, at the age of 21, ten years after my first read, I still get so much comfort, laughter and genuine warmth from the small bear's little adventures. I think everyone should read Paddington, whatever their age or preference, for it is truly something special.