More than Marmalade

More than Marmalade
More than Marmalade

More than Marmalade

Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear
By Rosanne Tolin


176 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: PDF, Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket

Cloth, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

ISBN 9781641603140

Rights: US & CA

Chicago Review Press (Mar 2020)


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The first biography about the beloved Paddington Bear series' elusive writer
Michael Bond never intended to write for children. When he dashed off A Bear Called Paddington, he poured his personal feelings about the events of his time into the story of a bear who tries very, very hard to do things right. The incredible story of More than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear reveals how world history, Bond’s life, and cultural struggles to integrate immigrants and refugees were embedded in Paddington’s creation. Michael Bond was not a model student as a child, but his perseverance and persistence led him to unfathomable success as a writer. Author Rosanne Tolin brings middle-grade readers a delightful, engaging book with a timely message of tolerance.


“Paddington Bear was born of Michael Bond’s memory and imagination. At the onset of World War II in England, teenaged Michael was haunted by the plight of war refugees in his village. As a whimsical adult, Bond drew friends and family into the life of an orphaned stuffed bear he had ‘rescued’ on Christmas Eve. Paddington Bear rescued him right back, but not before giving comfort to young readers around the world. Rosanne Tolin’s More than Marmalade captures this story of bravery and creativity, tenacity and generosity.” —Corabel Shofner, author of Almost Paradise

“Rosanne Tolin’s More than Marmalade reveals the surprising influences behind the iconic bear’s irresistible persona. This moving biography of author Michael Bond hits all the right notes, uncovering historical events that shaped Paddington’s character in profound ways. I lost my stuffed bear when I was 10 years old, just about the time A Bear Called Paddington was published, and I too hoped my teddy had found a good home. Later, I founded Build-A-Bear Workshop with the hope that children everywhere would be able to know how it feels to hug their own furry friend—one that has a heart inspired by the kindness of a bear with a red coat, a hat, and his BEARY own suitcase. Children and adults alike will delight in Tolin’s telling of ‘the man behind the bear.’” —Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop

"A lovely biography for Paddington lovers."— Booklist

"A very readable and enjoyable book."—School Library Journal

“An account permeated with affection.”—Orange Marmalade Books

“Paddington fan or not, you will love this story!”–Blazer Tales blog

“This was just fun to read in the way that The Childhood of Famous Americans books were back in the day…and the glimpses into every day life are fantastic.”—Ms. Yingling Reads

"[The] writing is lively and age-appropriate…Youngsters will find it interesting to see a writer develop through perseverance and dedication to his craft with the help of a healthy imagination. This is an excellent biography." —Seattle Book Review 

Author Biography

An experienced and well-respected journalist, Rosanne Tolin is the creator and editor of the ALA award–winning children’s ezine and website Imagination Café. Tolin is also the former managing editor of Guideposts for Kids magazine and the Guideposts for Kids website. She lives in Chesterton, Indiana.