23 Jan 2015



SOURCE: Free with a magazine.

BACK COVER BLURB: As Paddington says himself. "Things happen to me - I'm that sort of bear," And, with his attempts at home decorating, detective work, and photography, the Brown family soon find that Paddington causes his own particular brand of chaos.

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter One: A Family Group}: The Browns' house at number thirty-two Windsor Gardens was unusually quiet.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 67: Chapter Five: Paddington And The Bonfire}: Paddington wiped the cocoa from his whiskers with the back of his paw in case it left a stain and shook his head.

MY THOUGHTS:What turned out to be seven stories that I already had in the omnibus edition of Paddington stories, A Bear Called Paddington. Not that I minded as you can't get enough of the lovable bear from darkest Peru, right?

A big fan of the stories from childhood. To this day I still adore reading of this marmalade loving bear's adventures and can't wait for my great-nephews to be old enough to enjoy them with me just as did their mother (now 25) (and her brother, 21) before them.


Stephanie Faris said...

The sad thing is, I can't remember if I read Paddington Bear books when I was a kid. I remember the marmalade...and I recall going to a play in elementary school in downtown Nashville that starred Paddington Bear...but I don't remember details. I hate when you can't remember things for sure!

Kelly said...

I didn't "discover" Paddington until I was a teenager and was given a boxed set of books and a stuffed bear. I still have the books, but (sadly) not the bear. I know I read some of the stories, but he never had the appeal of Winnie the Pooh to me. (not to say I didn't like him, because I did!) I'm not too sure about the clips I've seen of the new Paddington movie.

Tracy Terry said...

Refusing to see the film version ...... even when it comes out on DVD. Funny it might be(and lots of people assure me it is) but to me it ISN'T Paddington. Always fond of his cute stubby little legs in the illustrations, for goodness sake this imposter has legs longer than mine.

Suko said...

Tracy, I did read Paddington stories as a child (or had them read to me, but I did not remember the darkest Peru bit. It's probably time to refresh my memory further.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I never read Paddington but I did always love the artwork. I love that this one was free!

Bo said...

I never read Paddington Bear as a child. I read Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children and A.A. Milne. But I knew who he was. I even bought a ceramic Paddington Bear Christmas ornament when I was in college. So I was thrilled to find myself 7 years later in Paddington station! I also have a fondness of the furry little guy even though I have never read any of the stories. I don't think I can see the movie, though. As you say, CGI bear may be cute and all, but he is not the Paddington Bear I know and love.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

I obviously did read Paddington stories as a youngster, but I can never remember him being one of my favourites to be read again and again.

If I had come by this 'freebie' copy in some way, I would probably have skimmed through it, as nostalgia would have gotten the better of me.

We have had several vintage Paddington Bears handed into the charity shop and one or two of them have fetched quite a good price. although they generally aren't in good enough condition to attract the serious buyers.

I certainly won't be watching the film though, as it simply doesn't look or sound like the Paddington I remember and luckily I don't have any family youngsters in that age group right now, so I won't be getting coerced into going :)

Thanks for the trip down memory lane and have a good weekend.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

Always nice to see a new generation getting to know Paddington.

Melliane said...

I don't think I've ever read a book like that but I know the name so I don't know. It looks so sweet and nice!

Brian Joseph said...

I particularly like children's stories about bears. It has been suggested that I relate very well to them :)

So many books, so little time said...

I loved Paddington as a kid, don't think I will be seeing the movie either to be honest. Sometimes they should just leave things be.

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Literary Feline said...

I never really read about Paddington growing up, but I've loved him as an adult. I want to see the movie that's just come out. I hear it's good.