Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Michael Bond
Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum
Paddington is still living with the Browns and still inadvertently causing a lot of trouble. Although his intentions are always good, his plans always go wrong! Each chapter of the book tells a different story about the charming troublemaker from Darkest Peru. He tries to become a detective, a house painter, a snowbear, and a photographer. He learns about different holiday traditions like Guy Fawkes Day and Christmas, and does his best to adapt to these new ideas. Although he tends to cause trouble, the Brown family is glad to have him around.
This British classic makes a wonderful children’s story. Meant to reflect in some ways the adventures of a child, it is fun to see how a bear gets around in London. Because each chapter is a separate story, it is not necessary to have read the first book in the series. While each chapter would make a great read aloud, the older writing style and British vocabulary of the book might make it more difficult for independent American readers. A beloved English classic, More About Paddington is a great book to get to know the loveable Paddington.