10th November 2017 - Magdalena Gundmundsdottir
Paddington is back in his second film, which is as good an excuse as any to reacquaint yourself with this friendly and curious bear, and possibly eat a marmalade sandwich or two. Here are five of my favourite Paddington books and toys.
Paddington Classic with Boots
Please look after this bear. He has his own fine, blue duffel coat, a fabulous bright red hat and matching Wellington boots. He is a perfect gift for any human, big or small.
A Bear Called Paddington
This is where it all began. Meet Paddington, who has travelled all the way from darkest Peru. Follow him as he finds his feet, as he meets Mr Brown, Mrs Brown, Judy, Jonathan and Mrs Bird and discovers his new home. These classic stories stand the test of time and are worth reading over and over again.
Paddington at the Rainbow's End
It is never too early to be introduced to Paddington Bear and this board book is designed for the smaller Paddington fan. There are a few to choose from, but I would recommend Paddington at the Rainbow's End. Go shopping with Paddington and look out for all the lovely colours he finds.
Paddington Helps Out
A lovely collection of stories where Paddington tries to help; what could possibly go wrong?! Follow Paddington as he goes fishing, visits the cinema and the launderette. These sweet and funny stories are the best reminder of why Paddington is such a loved character. This book also has some particularly charming black and white illustrations by Peggy Fortnum who illustrated the original books; my favourite picture is on page 25.
Paddington Pop-Up London
This book actually features in the new film! Take a tour of London with Paddington and Aunt Lucy, as they explore some of London's most loved attractions. This pop-up book is gorgeous and the beautiful details make it especially lovely.
Michael Bond; R. W. Alley