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Michael Bond (1) (1926–2017)

Author of A Bear Called Paddington

For other authors named Michael Bond, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

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 show more 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) show less


Works by Michael Bond

A Bear Called Paddington (1958) 4,093 copies
Paddington (1998) 1,762 copies
More About Paddington (1959) 1,261 copies
Paddington Helps Out (1960) 1,199 copies
Paddington at Large (1962) 1,053 copies
Paddington Abroad (1961) 812 copies
Paddington at Work (1966) 805 copies
Paddington Marches On (1964) 761 copies
Paddington Goes to Town (1968) 646 copies
Paddington Takes the Air (1970) 557 copies
The Tales of Olga da Polga (1971) 538 copies
Paddington on Top (1974) 443 copies
Paddington Takes the Test (1979) 365 copies
Paddington Here and Now (2008) 350 copies
Paddington at the Circus (1973) 338 copies
Paddington Takes to TV (1973) 331 copies
Paddington Sets Sail (2016) 301 copies
Paddington Treasury (1988) 262 copies
Love from Paddington (2014) 232 copies
Paddington at the Palace (1986) 187 copies
Paddington's Day Off (2017) 185 copies
Paddington at the Tower (1973) 184 copies
Paddington's ABC (1990) 173 copies
Paddington's Prize Picture (2017) 168 copies
Paddington at the Zoo (1984) 164 copies
Monsieur Pamplemousse (1983) 158 copies
Paddington's Opposites (1990) 152 copies
Paddington's 123 (1990) 142 copies
Paddington's Garden (1972) 140 copies
Paddington's Colors (1987) 129 copies
Paddington Races Ahead (2012) 127 copies
Paddington Plays On (2016) 114 copies
Olga Meets Her Match (1973) 107 copies
Paddington at the Seashore (1975) 102 copies
Olga Carries On (1880) 101 copies
Paddington at the Beach (1977) 99 copies
Paddington's Storybook (1974) 98 copies
Paddington's Finest Hour (2017) 87 copies
Paddington on Screen (1981) 87 copies
Paddington Bear All Day (1998) 81 copies
Paddington at the Fair (1985) 76 copies
Paddington's Lucky Day (1974) 72 copies
Paddington Takes a Bath (1976) 71 copies
Paddington at the Carnival (1600) 71 copies
Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft (1989) 70 copies
Paddington the Artist (1998) 62 copies
Here Comes Thursday! (1966) 61 copies
Olga Takes Charge (1982) 60 copies
Paddington's New Room (1745) 58 copies
Paddington Minds the House (1986) 55 copies
Paddington at the Station (1761) 52 copies
Paddington Goes Shopping (1973) 47 copies
Paddington's Busy Day (1987) 45 copies
Paddington's Suitcase (1703) 40 copies
Paddington Goes for Gold (2012) 38 copies
Olga Moves House (2001) 36 copies
Paddington at St. Paul's (2018) 34 copies
Paddington Does it Himself (1977) 33 copies
Paddington Hits Out (1977) 32 copies
Paddington's Birthday Party (1977) 32 copies
Paddington in the Kitchen (1679) 31 copies
Thursday Ahoy! (1969) 29 copies
Olga Follows Her Nose (2002) 28 copies
Paddington's Pop-up Book (1977) 27 copies
Paddington's Art Exhibition (1985) 26 copies
Thursday Rides Again (1968) 26 copies
Paddington [board book] (2018) 26 copies
Paddington on the River (1980) 24 copies
Thursday in Paris (1971) 22 copies
Paddington's Things I Do (1994) 22 copies
Paddington at Home (1980) 18 copies
Paddington Goes to Hospital (2015) 16 copies
Paddington Weighs In (1980) 15 copies
Paddington Cleans Up (1986) 14 copies
Paddington's Things I Feel (1994) 14 copies
The Tale of the Castle Mice (2016) 12 copies
Paddington and Aunt Lucy (1980) 12 copies
The Caravan Puppets (1994) 12 copies
Paddington Goes Out (1980) 11 copies
Paddington Meets the Queen (1993) 10 copies
Parsley the Lion (1972) 9 copies
Paddington at the Airport (1976) 7 copies
Paddington in Touch (1980) 7 copies
Olga Makes a Wish (1975) 7 copies
Olga Makes Her Mark (1975) 7 copies
Paddington Works Hard (1982) 6 copies
Olga Takes a Bite (1975) 6 copies
Paddington in Hot Water (2000) 5 copies
Paddington Mails a Letter (1976) 5 copies
L'orso Paddington (2016) 4 copies
Paddington Rides On (1993) 4 copies
Olga's Special Day (1975) 4 copies
A Day by the Sea (1992) 4 copies
Olga Counts Her Blessings (1975) 4 copies
Paddington's Jar of Jokes (1772) 4 copies
Paddington: Up and About (1999) 4 copies
Paddington Has Fun (1982) 3 copies
Paddington. Tenta Ajudar (2018) 3 copies
Olga Makes a Friend (1975) 3 copies
Paddington's Wheel Book (1986) 3 copies
Olga's Second House (1975) 3 copies
Olga's New Home (1975) 3 copies
Charlotte Parlotte (1995) 2 copies
Mr. Cram's Magic Bubbles (1975) 2 copies
Paddington's have (1973) 2 copies
Paddington se déguise (2002) 2 copies
Paddington macht Ferien (1996) 2 copies
Paddington na França (2018) 2 copies
Parsley Parade (1972) 2 copies
Paddington, der Kstler (1999) 2 copies
Paddington's Party Tricks (2000) 2 copies
Paddington heeft pech (1998) 2 copies
Paddington hos frisøren (1999) 2 copies
Paddington: va de compras (1976) 2 copies
Paddington za granicą (2017) 1 copy
Padington 1 copy
Ystme Paddington (1999) 1 copy
Paddington på ordjakt (2010) 1 copy
Ik ben Paddington (1992) 1 copy
Les nombres (1992) 1 copy
Paddington im Zoo (1999) 1 copy
A home for Paddington (1976) 1 copy
Paddington Buggy Book (2011) 1 copy
The Herbs (1969) 1 copy
Paddingtons minnebok (2000) 1 copy
Paddington artiste (2000) 1 copy
Paddington en ville (2000) 1 copy
Paddington (2007) 1 copy
Christian to Christian (2005) 1 copy
Olga da Polga (2015) 1 copy
Paddington ist krank (2015) 1 copy
Paddington Conjurer (1977) 1 copy

Associated Works

Ten Tales of Christmas (1972) — Contributor — 152 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3, November 1974 (1974) — Contributor — 5 copies
Galaxy (1970) — Contributor — 3 copies


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I don't know that I ever actually read any of the Paddington books as a kid. I do remember watching a bit of the tv series. I was pleasantly surprised. This was really good and I imagine as a kid I would've loved it. Paddington is hilarious. I especially liked the theatre chapter - particularly when he freaks out at the idea of paying twenty pence to rent the glasses. And the magic tricks. Mr Curry's watch had me in hysterics. Great story. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
funstm | 69 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
Monsieur Pamplemousse is always delightful. This one is no exception. We did have a little trouble understanding Bill Wallis in places. Otherwise a fun adventure!
njcur | 2 other reviews | Mar 2, 2024 |
First sentence: Mr and Mrs Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform.

Premise/plot: Paddington Bear has travelled all the way from darkest Peru (with the blessing of his Aunt Lucy) as a stowaway. This adorable, homeless bear is adopted by the Brown family. Judy and Jonathan are the Brown children; Mrs Bird is the housekeeper. Adventures and misadventures are had: all the time, everywhere he goes. I would say he’s less mischievous than Curious George.

My thoughts: This one was first published in 1958. It easily could have been a part of my mom’s childhood—and its sequels. Mom recently rediscovered this first book at the library. She said I HAD to read it because it’s awesome. She regretted never reading it aloud to us when we were kids. It is a great book. Perhaps not quite as quotable as Pooh, but still quotable. I will definitely be recommending this one.

“It wasn’t so much that he didn’t like baths; he really didn’t mind being covered with jam and cream. It seemed a pity to wash it all off quite so soon.” (27)

“After a few seconds he decided quite definitely that he preferred riding on an escalator. They were nice and smooth. But lifts! To start with, it was full of people carrying parcels and all so busy they had not time to notice a small bear—one woman even rested her shopping bag on his head and seemed quite surprised when Paddington pushed it off. Then suddenly half of him seemed to fall away while the other half stayed where it was. Just as he had got used to that feeling the second half of him caught up again and even overtook the first half before the doors opened. It did that four times on the way down and Paddington was glad when the man in charge said it was the ground floor and Mrs Brown led him out.” (67-8)
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blbooks | 69 other reviews | Jan 15, 2024 |
Whether you’re a child or an adult, this is one to try if you crave coziness.

Paddington’s an adorable little bear who loves marmalade and mostly abides by his own moral code (minus dodging the truth here and there to cover up some of his unfortunate mishaps). Especially endearing to me were his moments reminiscent of my dog, Paddington’s tendency to tumble into trouble at every turn and make an absolute mess of himself when he eats. I also liked that every now and then Paddington spares a poignant thought for his Aunt living in a retirement home for bears.

If you’d rather not breeze through this in one sitting (which is totally doable), the format here lends itself well to reading a chapter or two a day or before bedtime. The chapters, though connected, unfold like a series of sweet, charming short stories, with a variety of everyday adventures like buying a new coat, a trip to the theater, celebrating a birthday, etc., as Paddington, new to London (from Darkest Peru) is immediately taken in by the patient and kind Brown family who love him like one of their own.

While there’s minimal exploration of supporting characters, if whimsy such as a bear doing the family’s grocery shopping appeals to you, you’ll find much to enjoy here, Paddington has stood the test of time for a reason.
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SJGirl | 69 other reviews | Jan 8, 2024 |



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