- Author Michael Bond
After battling through a huge variety of the old classic books recently, I was in the mood for some unchallenging, easy to digest and entertaining books. Paddington is all that and more. I love bears, and the idea of this super-polite but oft-in-trouble brown bear from Darkest Peru is one that instantly resonates. I must have read this a thousand times, and just like Winnie-the-Pooh (another bear), it’s one I could read every day forever.
What’s actually lovely about it is that Paddington isn’t your goodie-two-shoes innocent bear. He’s mischievous, thinks nothing of using paint-stripper on artwork that doesn’t belong to him, and has an excellent unsettling stare.
He’s lovable though, and gets away with it all the time. The book is chapter after chapter of Paddington Brown getting into scrapes and then clawing his way out of them. It’s marvellous fun to sit back and watch the harmless japes of a different kind of “silly old bear”.