thursday elevenses: reading from A Bear Called Paddington

Hello there. It’s story o’clock and time for elevenses!

Paddington’s put on his comfy PJs and slippers, poured a cup of warm cocoa, and procured a big fat chocolate bun just for you. If you’re familiar with Paddington and his adventures, you know that he frequents Portobello Road to have cocoa and buns with Mr. Gruber in his antique shop.

What’s that? You haven’t read any of the Paddington chapter books yet? Oh but you must! The movie is coming to the U.S. soon — we’ve been counting down the days to January 16 for months now. To whet your appetite, check out this video of some of the cast and crew reading the first chapter of the very first book, A Bear Called Paddington (1958).

Why do stories always sound better when read aloud in a British accent? I especially love the way they all pronounce the word “bear.” Nicole Kidman’s Australian accent is pretty cool, too. I think we Americans have been getting it wrong all this time. 🙂

So take a break, put your feet up, sip some cocoa and grab a bite of that bun before a certain furry interloper devours it all. Enjoy!

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please look after these statues, thank you.

Pad Pad Paddington!

I can’t begin to tell you how happy this photo of Hugh Bonneville and his Paddington statue makes me.

“The Journey of Marmalade” by Hugh Bonneville

I mean seriously. It’s Paddington Bear AND Downton Abbey rolled into one! *swoons*

The London Trail officially opened last week, with 50 Paddington statues scattered around the city. It’s fun to see all the different designs, the many “possibilities” of our favorite bear from darkest Peru.

I think “The Journey of Marmalade” is my fave, but here are a few others I especially love:

“Sherlock Bear” by Benedict Cumberbatch
“The Bear of London” by Boris Johnson
“Paddington Who?” by Peter Capaldi
“Shakesbear” by Michael Sheen


Visit the Paddington Trail website to see all the bear statues, notes about their designers, and a map of where the statues can be found. At the end of December, all the statues will be auctioned off for charity. How cool is that?!

Have a chunky marmalade kind of week!

(Tip your hat whenever possible.) 🙂 🙂 🙂

ETA: Today’s Hugh’s Birthday!

Hugh with other Paddington cast members

Now we must definitely have marmalade sandwiches today in his honor! Happy Birthday, Hugh!


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[upcoming event] paddington storytime at barnes and noble (free movie tickets!)

The other day while out golfing and playing tennis, several of our resident Paddingtons heard some exciting news: there will be a special Paddington Bear Storytime at Barnes and Noble stores across the country at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, November 8, 2014!

In anticipation of the new Paddington movie (whose opening has apparently been pushed back to January 16, 2015 instead of Christmas Day as we previously reported), local B&N stores will be giving out free movie tickets to storytime attendees while supplies last. These tickets can be used anytime between January 16 and March 31, 2015.

Barnes and Noble has just released a new, exclusive edition of  Paddington (picture book) that includes Paddington’s Scrapbook (chock full of little-known facts, travel souvenirs, photos and letters), illustrated by the fabulous R.W. Alley, of course!

AND, if you just happen to be lucky enough to live near the Brentwood, TN, Barnes and Noble store, note that Nicole Kidman, one of the stars in “Paddington,” will be reading from the Paddington B&N Edition on Thursday, November 6 at 4 p.m. 🙂 Both these B&N events are of course free and open to the general public.

Have you been wondering who took Colin Firth’s place as the voice of Paddington? It’s 34-year-old British actor Ben Whishaw. Apparently Michael Bond’s daughter is ecstatic — saying he has captured Paddington exactly as she had imagined him to be (Paddington is computer-generated in the film).

Check out the new movie trailer and judge for yourself:

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I gotta admit — he’s really starting to grow on me. 🙂

Okay, back to business as usual . . .



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