I was very sorry to hear of the death of Paddington Bear author Michael Bond.
I grew up reading Michael Bond’s Paddington books, and together with all my other favourite works like the Narnia books, the Enid Blyton stories and the Just William series, these classic tales about the lovable anthropomorphic bear from Darkest Peru were such a wonderful and unforgettable staple of my childhood reading.
Michael Bond died at his home on Tuesday following a short illness. He was 91.
Michael Bond’s first Paddington book was called A Bear Called Paddington, published in 1958.
Bond’s iconic, marmalade-mad bear went on to inspire a series of books, an animated TV series, and a popular 2014 film.
In addition to Paddington Bear, Bond also created the children’s TV series The Herbs, whose main characters were Parsley the Lion and tale-telling guinea pig, Olga da Polga.
Bond also catered for adults in the form of Monsieur Pamplemousse, the retired detective turned restaurant critic, and his bloodhound, Pommes Frites.
In 2014 StudioCanal released a feature film of Paddington, with the bear voiced by Ben Whishaw. Michael Bond, who had a cameo role, described the movie as “absolutely delightful”.
Michael Bond has left a great legacy with all his Paddington Bear books, all of which will surely be continued to be enjoyed by generation after generation of children for many, many years to come.
RIP Michael Bond.
You can buy Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear books by clicking on the image links below: