Paddington on Top

by Michael Bond
Series: Paddington #11
132 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Reviewer91

Funny, clean, and good to read with younger children.


Paddington is a bear who comes from 'Darkest Peru'. He was sent to London as a stowaway on a ship by his Aunt Lucy, who has gone to live in a Home for Retired Bears. He is found at Paddington railway station, from which he gets his name, by the Brown family, who take him home to live with them.

Each chapter could be read on its own as a short story (although in some they do mention things that have happened in others), as they all tell about the different adventures Paddington has in London. In this book (among other things) he goes to school, to court, has a birthday, plays rugby, and has a visit from his Aunt Lucy.


Paddington is always very polite, but he does does accidentally offend some people (like the teacher at the school). A salesman tries to get Paddington to help him sell vacuum cleaners that don't work. The Brown's neighbor Mr. Curry is always trying to trick people into giving him something for nothing.

Spiritual Content



When Paddington plays rugby he and the other players are all knocked about quite a bit.

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This a funny book, and is an excellent one to read with young children. You can also use the chapters individually as short stories, and it is not necessary to read the rest of the Paddington books to understand this one, as everything important is explained.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 8-10

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