The irresistible Paddington Bear, who was found on Paddington station, returns in this reissued novel, with a brand new cover design. Up until now, Paddington has managed to avoid school. But the Inspector himself catches up with him and packs him off. After one day, even the teacher wonders whether there is anything he can teach a certain bear from Darkest Peru. And when it comes to dancing the rumba as always, Paddington takes the cake! Stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world for more than fifty years.
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(197mm x 130mm x 12mm)
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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We might have known that the truant officer was bound to catch up with Paddington some day. Once he hears that the school day begins with "taking the roll" Paddington is positively looking forward to his matriculation, but his good manners and logic soon prove him unfit to be a student ("I'm not familiar with your Aunt Lucy's curriculum." . . . "I'll show you a picture of her if you like"). With the same imperturbable dignity, Paddington testifies in court and sees one of his marmalade sandwiches entered as Exhibit A; sells his interest in a mail order exercise gadget to Mr. Curry; learns water skiing; and helps the Peruvian reserves score in a rugby match. There's even a surprise visit from Aunt Lucy, on vacation from the Home for Retired Bears in Lima. Funniest of all are the reactions of strangers to meeting a bear in a duffle coat; one quick-witted salesman rises to the occasion, saying "It's nice when you have a picture of someone in your mind and they turn out exactly as you expected." These adventures turned out exactly as we expected - vintage Paddington, puns and all. . . and lovable as ever. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Michael Bond
Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire on 13 January 1926 and attended Presentation College, Reading. He served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army before working as a cameraman for BBC TV for 19 years. In 1997 he was awarded the OBE for his services to children's literature.