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Now We Are 80 – Pooh Bear Returns

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” — Winnie the Pooh

Move over Britney Spears and New Kids on the Block, Winnie-the-Pooh is making a comeback!

80 years after the last official Pooh sequel, The House at Pooh Corner, a new book featuring the bear of little brain is due out in October. Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is the first authorized sequel, with the blessing of the estates of both author A.A. Milne and the most notable Pooh illustrator, E.H. Shepard.

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood author, David Benedictus is not new to the world of Pooh. He has adapted and produced audio versions of Milne’s books starring big names such as Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Jane Horrocks. Illustrator, Mark Burgess has also worked with residents of Hundred Acre Wood having illustrated Winnie-the-Pooh’s Pop-up Theatre Book and Peek-a-Pooh!

The actual plot of the new book is being kept secret but rumour has it that the book is a continuation in which Christopher Robin grows up.

In a press release Benedictus said, “I hope that the new book will both complement and maintain Milne’s idea that whatever happens, a little boy and his bear will always be playing.”

Two-thirds of profits from the book are to be donated to charities including the Britain’s Royal Literary Fund for struggling authors and the Clare Milne Trust, which supports disability projects in Devon and Cornwall.

Welcome back, Pooh!

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