Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories

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Written by: Michael Bond
Illustrated by: Peggy Fortnum

Three classic Paddington Bear stories, by master storyteller Michael Bond, are brought together for the first time in this special collection for World Book Day.

Nothing is ever straightforward when Paddington is involved. Whether he is attempting detective work, helping to sail a boat or performing magic, ordinary things have a habit of becoming quite extraordinary!

Laugh out loud with everyone’s favourite bear from Darkest Peru!

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What the Toppsta reviewers think:

‘Another absolute classic, we hadn’t really got into Paddington in our house until now, when Paddington Turns Detective to try and find the missing prize marrow you cannot help fall in love again with the character and to be able to introduce Paddington to my son has been magical.  Fabulous storylines, great illustrations as expected very highly recommended.’ – Ragdollkhan read to Ragdollkhanbaby, age 6

‘A truly wonderful book that both of my children loved (5 and 3yrs).  Well written and kept them engaged throughout. The fact it is broken up into short stories makes them just about perfect for bedtime.’ – tuffbrand-from-kettering read to Mont, age 5 and Con, age 3

‘We had so much fun with these stories! Georgie secretly wants to be Paddington and be able to have the fun adventures that he enjoys! She loves that I try to mimic the voice that he had in the movies whenever he is talking and she loves that he doesn’t always get it quite right – if gives her the giggles! You can’t beat good classic stories that still appeal to youngsters of today.’  – TCR75 read to GCR13, age 4

‘This was such a fun read for us all. We sat and read the stories at bedtime and the children were delighted to see some more of Paddington’s adventures. Paddington is a timeless character and my children really enjoy him. They love the fact that he’s a bit silly and gets himself into jams and messes that they find hilarious! This is a really great introduction to Paddington as a book character as it offers stories from different collections, I must admit that my children were way more familiar with him as a film character than in books, something that this little book will begin to remedy.’ – redrosemummy read to Bud, age 7 and Lydie, age 5

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    About the Author

    Michael Bond

    Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in January 1926. 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.

    On Christmas Eve, 1956, while working as a BBC cameraman, Michael bought a small toy bear which had been left alone on a shelf in a London department store. Feeling sorry for it, he took it home and gave it to his wife. They lived near Paddington Station and Michael had often thought that Paddington would make a good name for a character.

    One day he saw the bear sitting on the mantelpiece and it sparked an idea: “When I wrote those few words, I had no idea quite what a change they would eventually make to my life. It was really a case of putting something down on paper in order to get my brain working that morning.” Michael soon found that he had a book on his hands, and in 1958 A Bear Called Paddington was published with many, many more stories to follow.

    60 years later, the Paddington books have sold over thirty-five million copies worldwide and been translated into over forty different languages. Paddington continues to touch the heart of readers worldwide with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures, and has even starred in a blockbuster movie, with a sequel to follow in November 2017. Michael Bond was awarded the OBE in July 1997 and then a CBE in June 2015.

    Michael died in June 2017, leaving behind one of the great literary legacies of our time.

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