Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Paddington Goes For Gold by Micheal Bond
A brand new picture book starring Paddington, the classic bear from Darkest Peru, as he takes part in a local family sports event, with hilarious results! When Paddington attends a local family sports event with the Brown family, he can't wait to try his paw at as many activities as possible. But, as always, when Paddington is around, things do not quite go according to plan! with outrageously sticky results. And as Paddington soon finds out, it's not winning that counts, it's the taking part! Will Paddington go home with any prizes?
Olympic fever has hit England and it has also hit the publishing world too - I have reviewed a number of these titles on my blog already and will be reviewing more soon.
Paddington is excited when a leaflet pops through the Brown's front door - it is a leaflet advertising a local sports club who are holding a fund raising event. The Browns all attend and find their neighbours, Mr Curry and family are there too. Of course, with Paddington Bear in attendance, the event does not go smoothly but there are some great Paddingtonn moments in the book.
The book is full of R.W. Alley's beautiful illustrations which accompany the story perfectly and the old Paddington magic is still there. There are funny moments throughout and it will be loved by children both young and old.
The book finishes with a lovely message: 'Winning isn't everything. Taking part and doing your best is what matters most.' and i think this is an important message for everyone to take away from this book.
Thank you to the publishers, Harper Collins Children's Books, for sending me the book to review.