Paddington at Large (Paddington Bear)

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The neighbor's lawn mower disappears into the branches of a tree; a small furry face peers frantically out of the screen of the new TV set; the spotless kitchen at 32 Windsor Gardens becomes a chaos of steam and spilled syrup; a riot suddenly breaks out in the bargain basement; and a Christmas play imperceptibly takes leave of the script and soars off completely on its own. Are these incidents part of a plot or a national disaster? No, it's just Paddington at work. The well-meaning bear with a talent for trouble continues to fill the lives of the Brown family with unexpected adventures. This revised and updated volume - perfect for family reading - will delight the multitude of Paddington fans and is certain to create new ones.

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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.

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Gr. 3^-7. Under a bright, newly designed dust jacket lies the same old beloved Paddington, the always dignified, well-meaning, but troublemaking bear from "darkest Peru." Young readers will enjoy this reissue of the 1962 classic, which includes some of Paddington's best adventures (or misadventures, depending) in the extensive Paddington canon, such as his wild ride on a power lawnmower and his appearance on a game show, where his unusual logic wins him the jackpot. Paddington is, understandably, a favorite character for kids, one they can truly relate to, as his best-laid, well-intentioned plans somehow go topsy-turvy. As always, Bond's prose is fun to read, with the solemn, serious Paddington providing humorous contrast to the absurd goings-on around him. Peggy Fortnum's spare, evocative, often witty line drawings are as wonderful as ever, more representative of Paddington's character than the new jacket art, which makes him look like a cute, cuddly stuffed toy--a portrait with which Paddington himself would take issue. Shelle Rosenfeld

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