Blame this one on a bout of nostalgia. I was going through a box of old books from my childhood, the ones I never quite could let go and managed to hide from my mother when she did a clean sweep so many years ago. She was prone to do that sort of thing when I was growing up, and it’s made me the pack rat collector I am today.
Among the collection was a 5-book box set of Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear stories. It sounds corny, perhaps, but this was my introduction to the concept of British culture. I learned about sovereigns and farthings and Guy Fawkes and all manner of other things I’d never heard of before within those pages. I laughed myself silly time and again reading those books.
Anyway, after I rediscovered those books a few days ago, I got a wild hair and looked around Audible to see what I could find. They have 4 Paddington titles at the time of this review, this one being the first. And today I listened to it. Would it be as fun as I remember? After all, it’s been decades. I was a little kid, and now I’m undeniably in early middle age. But I did see the movie a couple of years ago and laughed myself silly for all the right reasons, so why not take a little stroll down memory lane?
With the ever-magnificent Stephen Fry as narrator, this book is every bit the silly fun I remember it being. Maybe I’m channeling my inner 6-year-old. Maybe I just needed something so undefined that I still can’t figure it out. Whatever the case, this book hit all the right chords, being new and oh-so-familiar all at the same time. Maybe you can’t go home again, but there’s no reason you can’t take a little bit of yesteryear with you. It was an absolute joy to revisit this old friend. Perhaps it won’t be quite so long until the next visit.