What could be more perfect than Paddington at Christmas? The accident prone, marmalade sandwich loving bear is back in a brand new film just in time for the festive season, hoorah! Paddington has been a part of my life since I was a dot (anyone else remember the original TV series which came on for 5 minutes at the end of the day’s children’s broadcasting on the BBC?!) and he’s been an excellent role model for my children. His innocent outlook on the world, his curiosity and his kindness are such very splendid things. I love the way he makes world weary adults stop and think and his madcap antics just make me laugh out loud!
The latest Paddington book releases, from Harper Collins, tie in with the movie and will make lovely stocking fillers, or get them now and the activity books are sure to keep little people busy while you prepare for the big day!
Paddington 2 – The Story of the Movie is laugh out loud hilarious, whether you have a young reader eager to read a novel or you want to read it to them yourself (I’d insist if I were you, it’s lovely). If you haven’t seen the movie yet Paddington 2 sees our little bear very happily settled in Windsor Gardens with the Brown family until, one day, Mr Gruber shows him a mysterious pop up book of London which leads Paddington into a another very sticky situation indeed! Will the Browns be able to rescue him, will the baddy get away scot free or will the goodies save the day?!
Or maybe you’d prefer to share The Movie Storybook with your children (or keep it all to yourself, I won’t tell!)? This one also tells the story of the movie but is also packed full of photos from the film and made me grin from ear to ear (and crave a marmalade sandwich or two). We fell in love with all the actors in the first movie and again in the second so it’s really nice to have this lovely book as a reminder and keepsake!
Sticker and activity books are always a godsend in the run up to Christmas and these two come up trumps. Paddington’s Sticker Scene Book has 150 stickers with all our favourite characters just waiting to be popped into the movie scenes on every page while the Sticker Activity Book also has 150 stickers to use in puzzles, games, crafts, pull out postcards and even a Paddington door hanger!
The smallest members of your family aren’t forgotten either with a delightful library of little books for little fingers – a lovely introduction to the world of Paddington Bear!
But best of all, for us at least, is this fabulous Paddington Pop Up London. We LOVE pop up books, the engineering behind them has always intrigued me, there is something so very clever about paper folding in such a way that a whole scene pops up at you and then folds away again neatly. There’s always room for another pop up book in our house!
Containing 4 double page pop ups of classic London scenes (each one with a hidden Paddington to locate) along with beautiful double page end papers with a little pop up on each – we were gasping with delight at our kitchen table. My Darling Girl (now 17), Bonus Boy (almost 12) and I (only just 50) loved it.
Here’s a sneaky peek of our favourite scene, vintage Piccadilly Circus all bustling and busy – can you spot Paddington? What you can’t see, just out of shot is my girl, holding the book open for me to take a shot and enjoying looking at this scene all over again!
But don’t take our word for it – have a look through for yourself in this lovely video!
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