More than Marmalade Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the creative blog tour for MORE THAN MARMALADE: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear by Rosanne Tolin organized by MTMC Tours! An incredible true tale, More than Marmalade is the first biography about the writer behind the beloved series.

About the Book:
Title: More than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear
Author: Rosanne Tolin
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publishing Date: March 3rd, 2020
Genres: Middle Grade Biography
ISBN: 1641603143
Links: Chicago Review Press | Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

Michael Bond never intended to be a children’s writer. Though an avid reader, he was by no means a model student and quit school at 14. He repaired rooftop radio transmitters during the bombing of Britain in World War II and later joined the army. He wrote about the war and more, selling stories here and there.
One day, while searching for inspiration at his typewriter, hoping for a big story that would allow him to write full time, a stuffed bear on top of the shelf—a Christmas present for his wife—suddenly caught his eye. Bond poured his personal feelings about the events of his era—the refugee children his family had hosted in the countryside, a war-torn country in recovery, the bustling immigrant neighborhood where he lived—into the story of a little bear from Peru who tries very, very hard to do things right. The result was A Bear Called Paddington.
An incredible true tale, More than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear is the first biography about the writer behind the beloved series. Author Rosanne Tolin reveals how world history, Bond’s life, and 1950s immigrant culture were embedded into Paddington’s creation, bringing middle-grade readers a delightful, informative, and engaging book with a timely message of acceptance.

This was an absolutely delightful read. Now, I'm sure that I wasn't the only one who grew adoring the antics of this marmalade eating bear.

Therefore, when I saw a chance to review a book all about the creation of Paddington, I jumped on board.

This book was all that I expected and more. It started off with the basics of Michael's childhood, which had a large impact on the creation of Paddington. While this story was a happy one, it also delved into Michael's childhood, during World War II.

It was very thorough yet perfectly understandable for a young reader or the whole family.
One last thing - I do believe that authors would be inspired by Michael's publishing journey, which was very difficult during the years leading up to Paddington, yet he eventually was successful.

Rating: 4.5/5 Oranges

About Rosanne Tolin:
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Rosanne Tolin is a wife, mother of four, avid runner and author. While studying law abroad in London, she subsisted mainly on a diet of tea and toast, and frequented Paddington Station. An experienced and well-respected journalist, she has focused her work primarily on children's publications. She was the former creator and editor of an ALA notable children's website, managing editor of Guideposts for Kids magazine, and a Hoosier State Press Award-winning features writer. When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs in the Indiana Dunes.
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1 comment:

  1. It was such a perfect read! I had the best time and it even made me tear up right at the end. So glad you enjoyed it!!! ♥


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