Paddington's Finest Hour

Written by Michael Bond

Illustrated by R. W. Alley

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In a nutshell: one of our national treasures back and on splendid form

There are seven brand new Paddington stories in this lovely collection and the little bear is the same lovable character he’s ever been - well meaning, inquisitive, innocent, responsible for comical misunderstandings and mishaps wherever he goes. Paddington appears in a TV cookery show and the settings for the new stories are right up to date but the language is of another age - ‘I should cocoa’ says Mr Brown – and gives the stories a particular charm. At a time when we need these values more than ever, Michael Bond continues to champion tolerance and openness – we’re reminded that Paddington is an immigrant on the second page of the first story. ‘Bears may come and bears may go, but there’s only one Paddington’ says Judy.  Hear, hear.   Readers looking for modern day stories in the same vein should look at Clara Vulliamy and Polly Faber’s Mango and Bambang series or The Bolds by Julian Clary and David Roberts.   ~ Andrea Reece

Paddington's Finest Hour Synopsis

Hurrying forward, he held out a welcoming hand. Sir Percival Rushmoor, he said. I'm invigilating. I'm sorry to hear that, Sir Percival, said Paddington. I hope you feel better very soon.

Paddington always finds himself in unusual situations so it is no surprise when he has a run-in with the police, appears in a TV cookery show, and gives one of his hard stares to a hypnotist!

Paddington’s profile sky-rocketed when the Paddington movie hit cinemas in 2014 (StudioCanal, director Paul King and producer David Heyman). The film starred Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Waters and Peter Capaldi, with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, and hit Number 1 in the UK Box Office, and was also nominated for two BAFTAs.

Find out more about the books, movies and the history of Paddington Bear at www.paddington.com and Paddington tweets @paddingtonbear.

Paddington's Finest Hour Press Reviews

Praise for Love From Paddington:

...a jolly ride through the best of the Paddington tales The Times

...a delightful collection... Sunday Express

Praise for the Paddington series: 'I've always had great respect for Paddington...He is a British institution.   Stephen Fry

'Paddington has joined Pooh as one of the great bears of English children's literature.'  The Teacher

'Michael Bond's accident-prone bear...has become one of the most enduring of children's characters.'  The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780008226206
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008226190
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008226190
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Author: Michael Bond
Illustrator: R. W. Alley
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction, General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Paddington, World Book Day

About 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. Michael Bond never thought of writing for children but, after producing a number of short stories and radio plays, his agent suggested that he adapt a television play for children. His first book, A ...

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