Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Michael Bond
Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum & R. W. Alley
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Join Paddington Bear in a collection of charming short stories based in London. Whether he is starring as a pianist in a concert, preventing a burglary, or even just eating the marmalade sandwich he keeps under his hat, Paddington is sure to entertain. Delight in the serendipity of Paddington’s life as his uncle comes to visit for a holiday surprise. Paddington fills his home at the Brown family residence with adventure and joy. Themes of friendship and family are predominant in this book and are sure to warm the heart of any reader.
Paddington Here and Now is a compilation of five short stories. Most stories are one chapter in length, but the last story covers about three chapters. This book is appropriate for ages eight to twelve. There are some illustrations scattered throughout the pages, but most pages are full text. Some vocabulary may be challenging for younger readers, especially the British phrases. Readers are sure to wonder what Paddington will be up to next.