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Paddington takes the test
Bond, Michael.
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002.

Physical Description:
136 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Presents further misadventures in England of the bear from Darkest Peru in which he takes a driving test, visits a Stately Home, gets a rise, and takes part in a magic act.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 6.2 4.0 64110.
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Again we find Paddington in excellent form--and, as usual, up to his ears in trouble. By accident he takes a driving test and is later presented with a certificate to drive something very special. Somehow his neighbor, Mr. Curry, is padlocked into Mr. Brown's new steaming-hot sauna bath, while Paddington has difficulty remembering his combinations. Paddington Takes the Test is packed full of the bear's well-meaning intentions, which go hilariously wrong.

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)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. The new edition of Paddington Takes a Testhas a more attractive jacket, wider pages, and larger type than the original American edition (1980). The minimal changes to the text consist of shifts from the English spellings of certain words to the American; for example, changing "centre" to "center," "colour" to "color," and "manoeuvre" to "maneuver." Apart from the jacket illustration, which is entirely new, Peggy Fortnum's original drawings illustrate this well-designed new edition. Carolyn Phelan.