Paddington Takes the Test by Michael Bond

Paddington Takes the Test

Written by Michael Bond
Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum


Paddington Takes the Test by Michael Bond

To celebrate Paddington Bear's 60th birthday in 2018 this hilarious classic novel from master storyteller Michael Bond has been given a fresh new look. Paddington is now a major movie star! Congratulations on passing your driving test! said the examiner, grimly. Who would have thought it possible when he has just sat on Paddington's marmalade sandwiches and been driven into the car in front? But then, he hasn't tested many bears before. For nearly sixty years, Paddington Bear has touched the hearts of adults and children worldwide with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures.


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'I've always had great respect for Paddington... He is a British institution.

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...a delightful collection... Sunday Express'

About the Author

Michael Bond

Michael Bond 13 Jan 1926 - 28 June 2017. Born in Newbury, Berkshire, England 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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160 pages
Interest Age: From 7 years


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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

13th October 1999



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