Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children’s literature.
Paddington first appeared on October 13, 1958 and was subsequently featured in more than twenty books written by Michael Bond and first illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.
The polite bear from deepest darkest Peru, with his old hat, battered suitcase (complete with a secret compartment, enabling it to hold more items than it would at first appear), duffle coat and love of marmalade has become a classic character from English children’s literature. Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
Paddington is an anthropomorphised bear. He is always polite—addressing people as “Mr”, “Mrs”, and “Miss” and rarely by first names—and well-meaning, though he inflicts hard stares on those who incur his disapproval. He has an endless capacity for getting into trouble, but he is known to “try so hard to get things right.” He was discovered in Paddington Station, London by the (human) Brown family who adopted him, and thus he gives his full name as “Paddington Brown.”