Thursday, September 3, 2009

Review: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Paddington, the most endearing bear from Darkest Peru, first charmed American audiences forty years ago. Now a new generation will surely be won over by Paddington's particular brand of preposterous humor and gentle satire. The Browns first meet Paddington on a railway platform in London. He is sitting on a battered suitcase, wearing an odd-looking hat and a sign around his neck that reads, "Please look after this bear. Thank you." And that is just what they do, unaware that home will never be the same once Paddington becomes a member of the family. For an earnest, gentle, and well-meaning bear, poor Paddington has an absolute talent for getting into trouble.

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (2 CDs/2.6 hours).

The entire book was just lovely. The stories were light, wonderful, and so adorable. Mr. and Mrs. Brown were lovely, as were their children and Mrs. Bird. Paddington himself was such an adventurous little bear and you liked him immediately upon meeting him.

This one gets ten stars. It is the most adorable book and quite nice for all ages - whether to introduce a young one to Paddington for the first time or to revisit a beloved childhood friend. Paddington stands up well to the test of the years. Stephen Fry did an absolutely amazing job with the reading. I can imagine no one who could have done it better. It was simply flawless. He is always amazing, but his talent truly shined here. Really, I simply cannot describe how wonderful he was! I fell in love with Paddington all over again!

Rating: ★★★★★


Ryan G said...

I think I have my Paddington crush reawakened

princesssara said...

Love Paddington... I got my Paddington bear about 30 years ago... before I was even born... When my Mother was pregnant with me, she went to England for a wedding... while there she found a Paddington bear, he stood about 2 1/2 feet high, and bought him for me. She even had to buy him a seat on the plane... lol... I still have that bear and I love him, along with my Paddington books :)

Lit and Life said...

We never read Paddington at my house. Now I feel like we really missed out on something!

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