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A bear on Paddington Station? said Mrs Brown in amazement. Don't be silly, there can't be. And so begins the story of one of our best-loved characters, a lost bear from Darkest Peru found by the Brown family at Paddington station. His adventures had just begun. You can find out more about Paddington in this special section; with a selection of re-issued stories plus film tie-in books for the new Paddington 2 movie. Click on any of the titles below to enter a competition to win some wonderful Paddington goody bags.

Love from Paddington
Michael Bond
Much-loved Paddington shares accounts of his adventures and his thoughts about his life in London in a series of letters to his Aunt Lucy in The Home for Retired Bears in Lima, Peru. As might be expected, Paddington has a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Paddington Little Library Movie Tie-in

A pocketful of Paddington will make any day or journey better. This dinky little slipcase contains four sturdy board books, each with a short but satisfying narrative. Using stills from the hugely popular film, the books describe Paddington's manners, introduce... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 07/09/2017
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Paddington 2: The Movie Storybook Movie Tie-in

Paddington's new big-screen adventure offers lots of excitement, action and, of course, laughs. Children (and adults too) will love it, and this full-colour storybook is both a lovely souvenir and a way for them to enjoy it all again and... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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Paddington Pop-Up London: Movie tie-in Collector'S Edition

Paddington's adventures in his new film stem from a book, a beautiful pop-up book of London in times gone by. Now here is a beautiful pop-up book of London for fans of Paddington and the film to treasure. Readers can... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2017
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Paddington 2: The Story of the Movie Movie Tie-in

Paddington's new adventures on the big screen have reminded everyone of just why the little bear from Darkest Peru is such a favourite in his adopted homeland. Paddington is generous, warm-hearted, an innocent who brings out the best in those... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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A Bear Called Paddington
Michael Bond
One of our Books of the Year 2014 The classic story of Paddington Bear, so called because the Brown family first meet him on Paddington Station and decide to take him home. Paddington Bear has travelled all the way from... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 10/07/2014
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The Paddington Treasury for the Very Young
Michael Bond
To celebrate Paddington's enduring popularity, this sumptuous treasury is truly to be treasured and brings together six of the most popular stories: Paddington Paddington at the Zoo Paddington at the Palace Paddington in the Garden Paddington and the Marmalade Maze... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/10/2010
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Love from Paddington
Michael Bond
Much-loved Paddington shares accounts of his adventures and his thoughts about his life in London in a series of letters to his Aunt Lucy in The Home for Retired Bears in Lima, Peru. As might be expected, Paddington has a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2014
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A Paddington Collection
Michael Bond
Four charming Paddington stories collected for the first time on CD, read by Stephen Fry and Jim Broadbent. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: CD-Audio | Released 28/08/2014
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Paddington - Favourite Paddington Stories
Michael Bond
This special edition brings together three favourite classic adventures - Paddington in the Garden, Paddington at the Carnival and Paddington and the Grand Tour. Whether he is gardening, walking along the canal, or seeing the sights of London - as... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/08/2014
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Paddington Movie - Paddington: the Story of the Movie
Jeanne Willis
The film of Paddington ™ brings new stories about the favourite bear from Peru. In this book version Jeanne Willis brilliantly captures the exciting new adventures that Paddington is drawn into. On arrival in London Paddington is found and taken... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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Paddington Movie - Paddington: the Movie Storybook

Aimed at younger readers, this is a picture book of the Paddington movie with stills from the film illustrating the story. Paddington arrived in London from Deepest Peru and was fortunate enough to meet the very hospitable Brown family who... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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The Classic Adventures of Paddington
Michael Bond
To celebrate the enduring popularity of the bear from Darkest Peru, this is a very special treasury complete with slipcase which brings together eleven of the original Paddington stories delicately illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. It makes an exquisite keepsake gift... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2014
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Paddington Movie - Paddington's Sticky Paws Sticker Collection

Stickers aplenty will provide lots of activity for all those who have loved seeing Paddington™. There are lots of marmalade sandwiches and a blue duffle coat to match onto the pictures in the book as well as all kinds of... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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Paddington Movie - Paddington Annual

Featuring characters from the film, activities, facts and more, and packed with images from the movie this is the ultimate annual for all Paddington fans. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/08/2014
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Paddington 2: Sticker Scene Book Movie Tie-in

There's hours of fun for young Paddington fans to be had in this sturdy sticker book, based on the new film. Paddington and his world look very appealing in the new screen versions of his stories and are reproduced with... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2017
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Paddington 2: Sticker Activity Book Movie Tie-in

Fans of Paddington and his new film will have great fun with this quality activity book. As well as 150 different stickers with which to decorate a variety of scenes, there are cut-out postcards, door hangers and a mask, plus... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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Bears like Paddington are very rare, says Mrs Bird, and a good thing too, or it would cost us a small fortune in marmalade.

The very first Paddington book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in October 1958. Since then there have been numerous books, plays, an animated children's series and 2 movies. Paddington the Movie and the new Paddington 2, feature a stellar cast including Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.

The idea of Paddington as a character came to Michael Bond after he bought his wife a small bear, the last bear alone on a shelf at Selfridges store, Oxford Street. He named it Paddington after the station close to his home.

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Michael Bond was working as a television cameraman at the BBC when he began writing his books about Paddington. His stories became so popular that he was able to give up his job with the BBC to become a full-time writer.

Of Paddington himself Michael Bond says: "The great advantage of having a bear as a central character is that he can combine the innocence of a child with the sophistication of an adult. Paddington is not the sort of bear that would ever go to the moon - he has his paws too firmly on the ground for that. He gets involved in everyday situations. He has a strong sense of right and wrong and doesn't take kindly to the red tape bureaucracy of the sillier rules and regulations with which we humans surround ourselves. As a bear he gets away with things. Paddington is humanised, but he couldn't possibly be 'human'. It just wouldn't work."

The Paddington books have sold more than thirty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into over forty languages.

Paddington has even been on a special set of Royal Mail stamps!

In 1997 Michael Bond was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature. He is still writing and lives in London, not far from Paddington Station where it all began.

You can find out more about Paddington, the author Michael Bond and the new movie, Paddington 2, at www.paddington.com


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