Wednesday, October 1, 2008


A Bear Called Paddington, written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum, is a children's book, and the first in a series of books featuring the Paddington Bear character. This book is a collection of stories about Paddington, an anthropomorphized bear from Darkest Peru, who is well-mannered and well-intentioned, but bumbling and destructive. Indeed, Paddington is one of the archetypes of well-meaning-but-destructive humor characters, along with Amelia Bedelia, Inspector Clouseau, and so forth, and this type of character is one of the cornerstones of children's stories.

Most of the plots and humor going on here arise because none of the characters, least of all the bear, is particularly quick on the uptake. This is the kind of thing that small children will no doubt find delightful, but adults may well be bored or irritated.

RECOMMENDED to small children only.