Over eighty years since Winnie-the-Pooh first delighted readers, David Benedictus takes us back to the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures.
From the excitement of Christopher Robin's return to the curious business of learning to play cricket, Return To The Hundred Acre Wood allows readers to spend a few more treasured hours with the Best Bear in All the World.
....... From the outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: Pooh and Piglet, Christopher Robin and Eeyore were last seen in the Forest - oh, can it really be eighty years ago?
MEMORABLE MOMENT: "Oh, Lottie, I am sorry," said Christopher Robin, but the truth of it was that he couldn't remember whether Lottie had four legs or two, and it seemed rude to look.
Oh dear what a disappointment. I so loved the 'Pooh' books as a child (and adult) and this latest offering just didn't come up to scratch.
Inspired by the original works of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard, these stories were not nearly as endearing and the addition of new characters (including Lottie) did little to compensate.
Some of the original characters were almost unidentifiable with Eeyore (always my favourite) being particularly badly written. Always gloomy and often quite cynical, he occasionally bordered on being sarcastic in a very lovable, funny kind of way and yet in Return To The Hundred Acre Wood he was sarcastic to the point of nastiness. Then there was Pooh himself - what ever happened to his love of honey? In this edition his snack of choice was said to be 'toast and marmalade,' (surely the preferred choice of that other British bear, PADDINGTON) 'and condensed milk'.
Winnie-the-Pooh - 1926.
As for the illustrations - I did not like these either as they were quite unlike the drawings of the originals with Tigger and (once again) Eeyore looking particularly different from the Tigger and Eeyore of my childhood.
Would I have enjoyed this book more if I was not so familiar with the original books? Somehow I doubt it but you never know.
Return To The Hundred Acre Wood was a Christmas gift.