“The great advantage of having a bear as a central character is that he can combine the innocence of a child with the sophistication of an adult.” - Michael Bond, Creator of the “Paddington Bear” Book Series
During Christmas Eve 1956, British author Michael Bond was inspired by a lonely teddy bear sitting on a store shelf at Paddington Station in London, leading him to buy the stuffed toy for his wife and write the children’s book “A Bear Called Paddington” within ten days — just two years later the first edition of the popular series would hit store shelves on October 13. Bond’s fourteen “Paddington” books follow the misadventures of the lovable teddy bear known for his polite nature and insatiable love of marmalade, always teaching children moral lessons in clever and humorous ways. In addition to several long-running television adaptations, both of the “Paddington” films were acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, becoming major box office hits and earning two BAFTA nominations for Outstanding British Film. The book series is an international success, selling more than 35 million copies worldwide and translated into dozens of different languages for kids all around the world to enjoy.