A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond. Originally published in 1958. 176 pages.

This is a guest post written by our 9-year-old daughter.


A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond is a funny, peculiar and entertaining book. It is one of my favorites.

Some of my favorite chapters are “A bear in hot water”, “A shopping expedition” and my all-time favorite, “Adventure at the seaside.”

In the “Adventure at the seaside”, Paddington gets lost at sea with only a bucket and a shovel. With his shovel he paddled, while he sat in the bucket. Luckily a fisher man saw him, caught him with his hook, and returned him to shore.

I would highly recommend this book.


3 thoughts on “A Bear Called Paddington

  1. Elspeth September 18, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    I agree with our kid. This is a good book.

    The history behind how Paddington came to be and emerge as a children’s literary classic is also interesting.

    He started writing Paddington’s story because he was suffering from writer’s block and had to get something, anything, down on paper. So he used the toy bear on his shelf (a last minute stocking stuffer he’d found for his wife) as inspiration, never intending to create a sensation. He never intended to write a children’s book, but life had other plans!


  2. pukeko60 September 18, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    I would agree with this review.
    The older children’s books, generally, are better than the recent. Older authors wanted to tell a story, and the politically correct books for children of those era did not succeed.

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  3. Elspeth September 18, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    I agree with you Chris, about older children’s books. Most of the books today are twaddle.


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