I’ve always had great respect for Paddington…he is a British institution – Stephen Fry
Do you remember Paddington Bear from when you were small?
My older sister had a stuffed Paddington Bear, standing at about 1.5 feet tall. He wore wellingtons big enough for my sister and I to borrow, in turn. She carried him everywhere and when my mum was pregnant with my brother, legend has it that Paddington spent some time up my sister’s jumper, and was regular being ‘born’.
You probably best recall him from the animated series that brought Paddington Bear to life. I loved it. Didn’t we all?
Things as distinctive as that stick in the mind – they get bundled up with feelings of childhood nostalgia. So when Paddington Goes for Gold arrived, the first thing I noticed is that the illustrations are new – well, new to me, at least – and my gut reaction? They’re lovely.
Drawn in fine ink and watercolour, they are true to the stories with a gentle humour and plenty of feeling. Paddington himself can only be described as super cute.
Along with the large and engaging pictures is a classic Paddington tale – a visit to a sport day, some farcical misunderstandings and a lesson that it’s the taking part that counts.
JD loves it. Little Miss J loves it. Definitely recommended reading.
Disclosure: We were provided with a copy of Paddington Goes for Gold for review. No payment was received and all posts are 100% honest.