To celebrate 60 years of Paddington Bear, comes this beautiful new edition of his first ever adventure. Unabridged and featuring beautiful colour drawings from Peggy Fortnum, this stunning slipcased children's gift book will delight Paddington fans new and old. The perfect present to treasure forever.
"A bear? On Paddington station?" Mrs Brown looked at her husband in amazement. "Don't be silly, Henry. There can't be!"
Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same... for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.
Since A Bear Called Paddington was first published in 1958, the character of Paddington has won the hearts and minds of over 35 million readers the world over, and he is now the star of two major movie box office hits. Paddington Bear ranks alongside other beloved character such as Winnie-the-Pooh, and Mary Poppins as an essential part of our literary heritage.
Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire in 1926 and educated at Presentation College, Reading. He served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army during the Second World War. He first began writing in 1945 when he was in the Army, selling his first short story to a magazine called London Opinion for seven guineas. Michael began writing stories about a bear called Paddington in 1958 while working as a cameraman for BBC television. The stories are loved the world over and have been translated into more than 30 languages. The 50th anniversary novel Paddington Here and Now was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In 2015, Michael was awarded a CBE for his services to children's literature, to add to the OBE he received in 1997. Michael died in 2017, leaving behind one of the great literary legacies of our time.