'I've never known such a bear for smelling things out,' said Mrs Bird. Paddington's sharp nose and his talent for getting into difficulties lead him to an orange marmalade tasting party. His enthusiasm lands him in a barrel of marmalade, causing an avalanche in the warehouse. And one morning he sniffs out a surprise for himself and discovers that he is about to embark on the greatest adventure of his life.
"I've always had great respect for Paddington.... He is a British institution." (Stephen Fry)
"Paddington has joined Pooh as one of the great bears of English children's literature." ( The Teacher)
"Michael Bond's accident-prone bear...has become one of the most enduring of children's characters." ( The Bookseller)