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A Bear Called Paddington / More About Paddington by Michael Bond & Peggy Fortnum

From the moment that the Brown family meet a small bear on Paddington Station their life changes as the bear brings his own particular brand of chaos into their household! I have just finished reading the first two Paddington bear books to my daughter and there were two stories that made me laugh so much that I had tears rolling down my face as I struggled to keep reading. It is very rare that a character and his adventures have that effect on me! We’re looking forward to reading more stories now.

Paddington Bear (named after the station) goes to live with Mr and Mrs Brown, their children Jonathan and Judy and Mrs Bird, the housekeeper, at Number thirty-two Windsor Gardens in London. He is particularly fond of marmalade and carries marmalade sandwiches with him in case of emergencies (often under his hat!). Every morning he enjoys a mug of cocoa (elevenses) with his good friend, Mr Gruber, who runs an antique shop, and on several occasions he inadvertently causes the wrath of his grumpy next door neighbour, Mr Curry.

A Bear Called Paddington: The Brown family find a bear on Paddington Station and take him home with them. The chaos and mess starts almost immediately as Paddington floods the bathroom whilst having a bath. A first trip on the underground as part of a shopping trip proves to be extremely stressful for Mrs Brown as Paddington tries to make sense of the new experiences of riding on an escalator and buying himself a hat and coat. Painting a masterpiece, going on a trip to the theatre and a day of fun at the seaside all provide more entertainment before Paddington celebrates a magical birthday in the final chapter.

We’ve read the picture book, watched the television episode and listened to the story on CD but my daughter never tires of hearing how Paddington arrived to live with the Brown family and how his first bath caused so much mess. We love the way that he interprets everyday experiences and found the story of the theatre trip especially amusing. Drawn into the action on the stage Paddington rushes down to rescue the leading lady which leads to him being given a particularly important job for the duration of the play.

More About Paddington: The first two stories in this book made me cry with laughter! In the first chapter Paddington buys an old camera and tries to take a picture of the family, in the second chapter he decides to decorate his new bedroom. The theft of Mr Brown’s marrow plus mysterious goings on at a local building site cause Paddington to become a detective and he has fun on his first Bonfire Night despite inadvertently incurring Mr Curry’s wrath. He has his first experience of snow and enjoys a snowball fight before succumbing to flu. Luckily he recovers in time for a Christmas shopping expedition with Mrs Brown before spending his first Christmas with the Brown family.

We laughed when Paddington got his head stuck in the old fashioned camera and fell into a rose bush, it gave us an opportunity to talk about pre digital cameras. We also found it really funny when he tried his decorate his new bedroom, his enthusiasm for wallpapering led to hilarious consequences. There was also a sombre side to this book when Paddington became ill, even Mr Curry was concerned for his welfare, and my daughter was very pleased when he recovered in time for Christmas.

Age Range: 6+

A Bear Called Paddington was first published in 1958 and many more books have been published since. The stories are timeless and give children of today a unique and humorous look at life nearly fifty years ago.

Author: Michael Bond / Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum

To read more about Paddington Bear’s books you can visit him at his website. He even has a Twitter account!

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18 responses to “A Bear Called Paddington / More About Paddington by Michael Bond & Peggy Fortnum”


  1. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    What an absolute classic! I used to love Paddington when I was a kid and now my boys are big fans too 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Hope to see you Monday x


    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      The Paddington stories are fantastic. So sad that there won’t be any more now that Michael Bond has died.


  2. BookBairn avatar

    I love Paddington! We have a board book and I’m looking forward to when BookBairn is a little more able to sit for a lengthier story. #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      That time will probably come sooner than you think!


  3. suz avatar

    Ooh, I used to love Paddington stories. I haven’t read them for ages. My three year old grandson might still be a bit too young for them yet, but soon … soon.


    1. Catherine avatar

      There are Paddington picture books for the littlest people now. We’ve recommended one on Story Snug 🙂


  4. Acorn Books avatar

    Such a classic! My three year old thinks keeping marmalade sandwiches under his hat is one of the funniest things ever!
    #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! But so is carrying bacon sandwiches in your suitcase… 🙂


  5. Sarah Doyle - let them be small avatar

    Paddington is one of those classic characters that seems to have passed me by. Never really read it as a child and my own children aren’t too interested in him either!
    Strange isn’t it. Maybe it’s my own lack of enthusiasm that’s to blame
    #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      Paddington is one of the characters that I remember from my childhood. I think as parents we tend to introduce our children to our childhood favourites but they do tend to pick up on our enthusiasm for a story – or non enthusiasm as the case may be!


  6. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    I used to love the Paddington books! I remember how funny the situations and the illustrations were. My children probably only had one, which was a shame, looking back on it.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s not too late for your children to read Paddington. I think that his adventures appeal to all ages 🙂


  7. Anita Cleare (@thinking_parent) avatar

    Paddington is surprisingly good for older children too as the themes as so layered. Thanks for sharing #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that the Paddington stories appeal to many different age groups, as an adult I probably appreciated the humour more than I did as a child.


  8. Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! avatar

    One of my favourite childhood characters. And I then moved onto Michael Bond’s adult Monsieur Pamplemousse detective series. Don’t think my boys have read any Paddington #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      The Paddington books are brilliant. I didn’t particularly like the film though. I didn’t find t true to the original stories.


  9. Chantelle Hazelden avatar

    aaa love Paddington, such a classic character but he definitely stands the test of time. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe


    1. Catherine avatar

      I agree, the stories and adventures are timeless, many of the experiences are experiences that children are familiar with today 🙂

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