PADDINGTON ON SCREEN by Michael Bond

PADDINGTON ON SCREEN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Like Paddington Takes to TV (1974), these episodes center on our favorite bear's lovably bumbling experiences with BBC show Blue Peter. Inspired by a TV special on topiary, Paddington chips mean neighbor Mr. Curry's hedge to nothing in bas effort to shape a peacock--but when he makes a jigsaw puzzle of Mr. Curry's ""priceless"" painting, another Blue Peter show comes to his rescue by exposing the painting as a ""practically two-for-a-penny"" copy of ""The Laughing Cavalier."" Paddington upsets a jam session in just one of many pun-based mix-ups; he jams the quiz-show switchboard with his suggestions for improved programming; he rushes an infant to the studio when the baby he's sitting for starts bending spoons like Uri Geller (they're trick spoons); and he causes panic with his gift of a clock to the racing announcer: Packed up with his lunch, the ticking clock is taken for a bomb. ""That's the first time I've ever seen anyone defuse a marmelade sandwich,"" remarks John of the Blue Peter team when things quiet clown. Once more Paddington's fans can be thankful that, as housekeeper Mrs. Bird says on another occasion, ""Something always happens when Paddington is left to his own devices.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1982
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin