You'd never know that "Paddington" by Michael Bond is over 50 years old. The story, as well as the illustrations by R.W. Alley, are as fresh and current as any picture book published today. The story is of a small bear, Paddington, who arrives at Paddington Station (hence his name) and is adopted by the Brown family, who find him there.
Paddington is from Darkest Peru, and he is a charming little bear. He wears a bright blue overcoat and a well-worn red hat. In subsequent books he has many adventures, and children love them all.
The re-release of the books is prompted by the upcoming Paddington movie. "Harry Potter" producer David Heyman and director Paul King will be making the feature film.
Not only is HarperCollins re-releasing the picture book "Paddington," but they are also publishing "The Paddington Treasury," which consists of six of the picture book stories. In addition, they are releasing "A Bear Called Paddington," the novel for middle grade and beginning chapter book readers, and two board books for very young children, "Paddington Bear Goes to Market" and "Paddington Bear All Day."
So there's a Paddington book that's just right for children of any age. He loves to eat sweets, and he gets into lots of trouble -- but so innocently that it's difficult to get angry at him. This generation of children is ready for a set of books about an adorable character -- Paddington Bear.
Please note: This review is based on the hardcover books provided by the publisher, HarperCollins Children's Books, for review purposes.
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