/ Key title The classic story of a much-loved bear -- Paddington! Join Paddington and the Browns as they start their adventures at Paddington Station and relive their treasured story in this stylish book and CD set. / Paddington is a classic children's book character, instantly recognisable to parents, and loved by adults and children all over the world. / In this picture book story, the classic tale of Paddington meeting the Brown family has been shortened and beautifully illustrated to appeal to younger children. / The fresh design and illustrations in this reissued edition give this classic picture book a more contemporary look. / The audio CD is beautifully read by the acclaimed actor and Paddington fan, Stephen Fry. / There is an extensive range of Paddington merchandise widely available. / Paddington helped the Queen celebrate her 80th birthday in 2006, generating much publicity and awareness. / Paddington Bear celebrates his 50th anniversary in 2008. / Competition: Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
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.
How the beloved bruin Paddington is found at a railway station and becomes a member of the Brown family is the subject of Paddington Bear: A Lift-the-Flap Rebus Book by Michael Bond, illus. by Nick Ward. Pop-ups and pull-tabs join lift-the-flap rebus pictures for lots of visual oomph (HarperFestival, $11.95 16p, ages 4-8 ISBN 0-694-00838-9, Dec.).
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 'I've always had great respect for Paddington. He is a British institution.' Stephen Fry