Books by Michael Bond

Released: March 17, 2015

"Bond renders a worthwhile subject into entertaining, informative reading."
London-based writer Bond wades into the murky reaches of the human psyche in this exploration of how other people's opinions shape our behaviors and attitudes. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2008

In the past 50 years, very little has changed for the residents of 32 Windsor Gardens. They still live with a bear from Darkest Peru who happens to go by the name of Paddington. Moreover, Paddington is just as curious and prone to getting himself into trouble as he has always been. One minute he's been arrested for not having a driver's license, the next he's given the local travel agent seven kinds of fits. Though most of the stories in this latest Michael Bond title are independent of one another, the last few tales concern a visitor from Paddington's past and a lovely surprise for the whole family. Interior pen-and-ink illustrations by R.W. Alley act as the perfect complement to Bond's infinitely lovable bear. Even alongside such modern details as cell phones and the London Eye, Paddington's stories retain a timeless charm that will satisfy old fans and surely lure in new ones. Children's literature in its finest, purest form. (Fiction. 5-10)Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

For over four decades, generations of readers worldwide have embraced the bumbling, lovable Paddington, who hasn't changed much over the years. Here, he once again lands himself in a bit of a scrape and once again finds an affable way to get out of it. The story opens with Paddington making a list of all the splendid things in his life for which he is thankful, including the Browns' lovely garden. The adventure begins when the Browns give Paddington his own tiny plot of land to plant as he pleases. Not sure how to proceed, Paddington begins researching how best to utilize his newfound land. It isn't long before his knack for mishaps has him climbing the scaffolding of a building site. It is his signature love of homemade marmalade and the help of a friendly foreman that eventually sees Paddington out of his predicament. By creating an unusual garden Paddington finds he has yet another item to add to his already lengthy list of splendid things. Bond and Alley (Paddington Bear Goes to the Hospital, p. 654, etc.) combine their talents once again to successfully introduce Paddington to younger readers. The trimmed-down text makes this a perfect place for Alley's jovial and detailed watercolor illustrations and an amusing way to look forward to the advent of spring gardening. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 2001

Books on first trips to the hospital can be such timorous affairs, so full of forced cheer. But Paddington is just what the doctor ordered, with his high degree of mellowness and bien-être—despite his separated shoulder. Paddington is found out on the front lawn, with some pain in his arm and without any memory of what happened. An ambulance whisks him to the hospital, and he is rolled into the X-ray room on a gurney: "Paddington had never traveled anywhere on a bed before, and he thought it was very good value." Once the diagnosis is in, he settles in for the night. Paddington is such a dreamy, literal character, when the doctors tell him that they will be keeping him overnight for observation, he says, "I don't think I want anyone observing me asleep. I might fall out of bed." All goes well, and of course Paddington eats everything in sight, including his medicine, which pleases his nurses no end. By the time his stay is over, the hospital is demystified (it was never really mystified for Paddington), as is the enigma of his memory loss. It turns out a boomerang he had been playing with had clunked him on the back of the head. Alley's pen-and-ink drawings give Paddington the right measure of rumpled hominess for a bear who pretty much defines sweet-natured, one who has never allowed his supercommercialization to rob him of his cool. He'd be the perfect hospital-room companion. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

A return for the bumbling, inept Monsieur Pamplemousse, restaurant reviewer for Le Guide, who this time out must solve the poisoning death of an American mystery writer, one of the six attendees at a gala Vichy dinner re-creating an elaborate Alexandre Dumas menu. Party organizer and food-magazine publisher Mrs. Van Dorman takes a shower (for reasons too silly to mention) in Pamplemousse's room; four-legged sidekick Pommes Frites noshes, as usual, on this and that; and Pamplemousse, after doffing his D'Artagnon costume (don't ask), retranslates the mystery writer's dying words, then bids adieu to all—including a lover spurned by both him and the corpse. A more appropriate title would have been Murder as a Side Dish, since no one—not even the author, it seems—is terribly interested in it. Some laughs at the expense of series writers (the gourmet detective, the classical-music sleuth, etc.), some tasty food selections, but, overall, very thin. Read full book review >