R. W. Alley
48pp., hbk., RRP $A29.99
Living with the Browns in London is very different from Paddington’s original home in Darkest Peru and there is much to see and do and absorb. Using Michael Bond’s original stories, Paddington reflects on the changes and writes letters, draws maps, and creates other mementos, each of which is enclosed in its own envelope waiting for the young reader to discover and read.
Since his 60th anniversary in 2018, there has been a resurgence in love for this childhood favourite and this is another opportunity to share the love with a new generation. Children love stories that have letters that they can pull out and read – it adds an extra layer of intrigue and mystique – and this will be no exception. It might even inspire them to write to Paddington and tell him about where they live and the things they like to do.