Saturday, August 15, 2009

Paddington Takes to TV

Paddington Takes to TV
By Michael Bond
with drawings by Ivor Wood
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Published: 2000
ISBN-13: 9780395913703
144 pages

Synopsis from the jacket: Paddington strikes again, in another series of hilarious misadventures...and this time, they're televised! This new edition of Paddington Takes to TV is perfect for another crop of young readers, the TV generation. When Paddington enters a baking contest, he quickly becomes the star of Britain's favorite children's show, but there is a big surprise when it's time to cut the cake! From a missing parrot to origami gone terribly wrong, Paddington proves that anything can happen on live television. Especially with this bear around.

As always, Paddington manages--just barely--to come out ahead, turning near disaster into triumph and charming everybody around him. It's no surprise that Paddington has been so loved for more than forty years.

Page 1: "Paddington's won a prize in a Blue Peter competition?" Mr Brown lowered his newspaper and stared across the breakfast table.

Genre: Children ages 9-12.

What led you to pick up this book? I bought it online at Christianbook.com for just US$0.99. What a great bargain!

Summary of plot minus spoilers: Please read the synopsis above.

What did you like most about the book? I enjoyed reading the misadventures of Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru. Although he has a talent for getting into trouble, it will always turn out right in the end. In this book, his stories are all involving the television program called Blue Peter.

What did you like least? Nothing that I could think of...

What did you think of the main character? Paddington? He is such a lovable young bear with his signature red hat and duffel coat. He is a bear with a strong sense of right and wrong, and full of hope. He loves marmalade sandwich. I love reading how he'd use his paw to scoop up the marmalade he so fancies. I also enjoyed reading the show of affection the Browns have for him including their housekeeper, Mrs Bird. Paddington is very much a part of their family.

I love this talking, reading, and writing bear! There is room for improvement for his spelling, but never mind that. He even authenticates his correspondences with his paw as signature!

What about the ending? There are seven stories in this book and they all have nice endings. They are funny and heartwarming.

Would you recommend this book? Yes

Should anyone NOT be encouraged to read it? Why? None that I could think of.

Would you read more Paddington books? For sure. I would very much like to know more about this bear. In fact, I've placed an order for all the Paddington Bear books and I'm looking forward to receiving them from two sources: The Book Depository that offers free shipping, and Christianbook.com.

Would you re-read the book? Yes

Dedication: I would like to dedicate this book to my "ah boy" Simon a.k.a. Stalking Bear. May you have joy and hope just like dear Paddington.