Again we find Paddington in excellent form and, as usual, up to his ears in trouble. By accident he takes a driving test and is later presented with a certificate to drive something very special. Somehow his neighbor, Mr. Curry, is padlocked into Mr. Brown’s new steaming-hot sauna bath, while Paddington has difficulty remembering his combinations. Paddington Takes the Test is packed full of the bear’s well-meaning intentions, which go hilariously wrong.
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Michael Bond purchased the original Paddington bear as a Christmas gift for his wife in 1956. A Bear Called Paddington was published two years later. At the time one reviewer said, "It should be compulsory reading for any child from six to sixty. Paddington is the funniest character in children's books for many years." Mr. Bond now lives in London.From Booklist:
Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. The new edition of Paddington Takes a Test has a more attractive jacket, wider pages, and larger type than the original American edition (1980). The minimal changes to the text consist of shifts from the English spellings of certain words to the American; for example, changing "centre" to "center," "colour" to "color," and "manoeuvre" to "maneuver." Apart from the jacket illustration, which is entirely new, Peggy Fortnum's original drawings illustrate this well-designed new edition. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6718760