Cover image for Paddington at large
Paddington at large
Bond, Michael.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998, 1962.
Physical Description:
132 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Reading Level:
1160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 6.0 4.0 20347.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.6 7 Quiz: 08846.
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The neighbor's lawn mower disappears into the branches of a tree; a small furry face peers frantically out of the screen of the new TV set; the spotless kitchen at 32 Windsor Gardens becomes a chaos of steam and spilled syrup; a riot suddenly breaks out in the bargain basement; and a Christmas play imperceptibly takes leave of the script and soars off completely on its own. Are these incidents part of a plot or a national disaster? No, it's just Paddington at work. The well-meaning bear with a talent for trouble continues to fill the lives of the Brown family with unexpected adventures. This revised and updated volume - perfect for family reading - will delight the multitude of Paddington fans and is certain to create new ones.

Author Notes

Thomas Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, England on January 13, 1926. He dropped out of school at the age of 14. During World War II, he served in both the Royal Air Force and the British Army. He sold his first short story in 1945 to the magazine London Opinion. Over the next decade, he had numerous short stories published and radio plays performed. After the war, he joined the BBC Radio and later worked for BBC-TV as a cameraman from 1947 to 1965.

He gave his wife a teddy bear for Christmas in 1956. She it named Paddington after the London train station near their home. His first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958. He became a full-time author in 1965. He wrote more than 25 Paddington books including Paddington Here and Now and Paddington's Finest Hour. He chronicled his life with Paddington in his autobiography, Bears and Forebears.

His other works included A Day by the Sea, Something Nasty in the Kitchen, and Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint. He was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1997 and then a commander of the order in 2015, for services to children's literature. He died after a short illness on June 27, 2017 at the age of 91.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-7. Under a bright, newly designed dust jacket lies the same old beloved Paddington, the always dignified, well-meaning, but troublemaking bear from "darkest Peru." Young readers will enjoy this reissue of the 1962 classic, which includes some of Paddington's best adventures (or misadventures, depending) in the extensive Paddington canon, such as his wild ride on a power lawnmower and his appearance on a game show, where his unusual logic wins him the jackpot. Paddington is, understandably, a favorite character for kids, one they can truly relate to, as his best-laid, well-intentioned plans somehow go topsy-turvy. As always, Bond's prose is fun to read, with the solemn, serious Paddington providing humorous contrast to the absurd goings-on around him. Peggy Fortnum's spare, evocative, often witty line drawings are as wonderful as ever, more representative of Paddington's character than the new jacket art, which makes him look like a cute, cuddly stuffed toy--a portrait with which Paddington himself would take issue. --Shelle Rosenfeld