Olga da Polga by Michael Bond

Olga da Polga

Written by Michael Bond
Illustrated by Catherine Rayner

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Stunningly illustrated by award winning illustrator Catherine Rayner, this is a handsome gift edition of an enduring classic by best-selling author Michael Bond the creator of Paddington Bear. Olga da Polga’s devil-may-care-charm soon gets her away from the pet shop and off into a thrilling new life. From her airy cage in the garden of her new owner Olga meets Noel the cat, Fangio the hedgehog and Graham the tortoise who soon get embroiled in her stories and adventures. ~ Julia Eccleshare


Olga da Polga by Michael Bond

From the very beginning there was not the slightest doubt that Olga da Polga was the sort of guinea-pig who would go places. With a head full of stories and a nose for adventure, Olga da Polga is quite a handful. And, when she moves in to the Sawdust family's garden, life for Noel the cat, Fangio the hedgehog and Graham the tortoise suddenly becomes much more exciting!

Olga da Polga has left the pet shop to start a new life with her owners. Her home is now a large and airy hutch and it's not long before she meets Noel the cat, Fangio the hedgehog, and Graham the tortoise. Her garden companions soon discover that Olga loves an audience and from the moment she arrives she tells them stories about her wild and exciting adventures. Although they are not always sure whether to believe everything Olga says, one thing is certain - since Olga moved in, life is never dull! Whether she's Olga the explorer, Olga the prizewinner, or Olga the storyteller, she is always Olga da Polga!

Written by the beloved Michael Bond, with wonderful colour illustrations by Catherine Rayner and a dazzling design, this is a gift edition for young readers to treasure.


'The indomitable Olga is one of my absolute favourites.' Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

'There are a great many animal stories on the bookshelves these days, but it takes a lot to beat the charm and gentle humour of Olga da Polga ... Just sit back and enjoy.' Home and School

About the Author

Michael Bond

Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, England on 13th January 1926. He was educated at Presentation College, Reading. During World War II Michael Bond served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army. He began writing in 1945 and sold his first short story to a magazine called London Opinion. This experience helped him decide that he wanted to be a writer.

After the first Paddington book was accepted, Michael Bond went on to write a whole series and by 1967 his books were so successful that that he was able to give up his job with the BBC in order to become a full-time writer.

In 2015, Michael was awarded a CBE for his services to children’s literature, to add to the OBE he received in 1997. Michael celebrated his 90th birthday in January 2016. He is married with two adult children and lives in London, not far from Paddington Station.

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176 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th July 2016




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