HarperCollins Children’s Books will next year publish a further new Paddington Bear story by Michael Bond.
Paddington’s Finest Hour, due for publication in hardback in April 2017, will show the eponymous bear undertaking a new series of adventures, including starring in a cookery TV show and clashing with a stage hypnotist.
It follows Love From Paddington, a collection of letters “from” Paddington published by HCCB in November last year.
Kate Hayler, publishing director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, acquired world English language, digital and audio rights for the book from Hilary Delamere at The Agency, and will simultaneously with HarperCollins US.
The book will feature interior illustrations by R W Alley, who has illustrated the Paddington Bear books since 1997.