Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Michael Bond
Illustrator: R.W. Alley
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Paddington is delighted when his dear friend Mr. Gruber surprises him with a trip to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Paddington’s adventure to St. Paul’s Cathedral is filled with excitement as he explores the Whispering Gallery and a crypt. He enjoys the stunning views from above as he lays on the cathedral floor with some schoolchildren. To top it all off, Paddington is swept off by a crowd of young boys and mistaken for a choir bear. He participates in a spectacular performance.
Paddington at St. Paul’s is a great book for anyone who likes the thrill of traveling. Readers are immersed in Paddington’s sightseeing escapade with the turn of every page. Humor is laced throughout the plot as Paddington encounters silly situations. The illustrations are beautiful, including one that spans two whole pages. One illustration feels as if readers are laying on the cathedral floor and looking up at the ceiling with its detailed architecture right alongside Paddington. This book is appropriate for ages four to eight. Readers will be charmed by the sweet adventures of Paddington.