/ 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 picture book. / 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. / 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 in 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 an OBE for his services to children's literature.
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