The driver's test mistakenly administered to Bond's endearing bear
at the start of this new Paddington book almost does in the
examiner - and readers too, if their sides are prone to splitting.
In other episodes Paddington grapples with a hammock, locks
neighbor Mr. Curry in Mr. Brown's steaming sauna, and tries to hold
a pose as an art students' model. The book ends conventionally at a
Christmas pantomime, just as the separate chapters all end
conventionally with fond assurances of everyone's love for
Paddington. But no one else could so upend the act of the stage
magician, who saws Paddington in half between acts. As usual, much
of the action stems from Paddington's punny confusion about English
usage: when the stately home tour host runs out of beef Wellington,
you know whose boots make a surprise appearance on the dinner
plates. If American readers know about Wellingtons from familiarity
with Paddington himself, they might well be puzzled by his use of
mushrooms to mend imposing Mr. Curry's ruffled shirt. But they're
sure to bear with Paddington as he tries the British decorum of
everyone from the Browns and their no-nonsense housekeeper to the
stately-home tourists who mistake him for Queen Elizabeth I.
To celebrate Paddington Bear’s 60th birthday in 2018 this hilarious classic novel from master storyteller Michael Bond has been given a fresh new look. Paddington is now a major movie star!
“Congratulations on passing your driving test!” said the examiner, grimly.
Who would have thought it possible when he has just sat on Paddington’s marmalade sandwiches and been driven into the car in front? But then, he hasn’t tested many bears before.
For nearly sixty years, Paddington Bear has touched the hearts of adults and children worldwide with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures.
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