Bond, Michael Paddington and the Christmas Surprise Harper, 2008 $17.99 PICTURE BOOK
Paddington saves up his bun money and takes the Brown family to a famous department store to meet Santa. As they go on the little train ride that’s part of the fun, Paddington notices many things wrong. He is very upset and hides. The department store gets marketing when the story hits the news and is able to fix up the ride, and he finally gets to meet Santa.
I know there was a Paddington movie, but I really don’t hear the students talking about it. We have a few books that haven’t been checked out, like ever. This picture book feature a really long story, where all the action happens as news “advertising”, which young children aren’t going to understand. Additionally the ride component is just confusing. The illustrations are adorable.
EL(K-3) –NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.