by Michael Bond / illustrated by R. W. Alley
HarperCollins Publishers, UK and US
My love of drawing in pen and ink and watercolor may have lead to the invitation to illustrate a new line of books beginning in 1997.
From the beginning, there’s always been a bit of variation in my approach to drawing Paddington. For books aimed at younger children, a less line-defined style seemed more fun. For the picture books, it’s always been pen and ink with watercolor. In keeping with tradition, the novels are embellished with looser, pen and ink sketches. In other venues, such as presentation drawings and art created for charities, I’ve expanded a bit on the books’ stylings.
In the course of his many, many books, many artists have drawn Paddington. I have indeed been lucky to be part of that list and to get to know such an interesting bear.
Today, Paddington’s adventures appear in a wide variety of new stories and new compilations of previously published stories. It’s very hard to keep up with it all. There’s only a smattering of the available titles on this page.
I CAN READ! Series
Here’s a sampling of the new series of six I Can Read! books from Harper in the US.
For the new I CAN READ! Series:
Drawing Paddington at the Nantucket Book Festival:
A good place to keep up with the newest Paddington books is HarperCollins UK Instagram page.
A good place to enter Paddington’s official website is via my illustrator’s page.