WIN- We have 5 Paddington DVDs to give away

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To celebrate the DVD launch of Paddington we have five DVDs to give away!

Paddington is based on the best-selling and internationally adored series of children’s stories by British author Michael Bond, featuring an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw,  Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent  Paddington is a young orphaned Peruvian bear that has grown up deep in the jungle with his Aunt Lucy who has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Nominated for two BAFTA Awards and produced by the award-winning David Heyman, Paddington is a warm bear hug of a film your readers and their little ones will love!


Paddington will be available to buy at all DVD retailers from 9th April. For more information visit

So if you would like to give your kids the gift of Paddington tell us below what your favourite childhood book was- and why.

(comp runs from 6th-13th April. Winners will be chosen through their answer. Available to Australian residents only, over 18)



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41 thoughts on “WIN- We have 5 Paddington DVDs to give away

  1. Alex

    I loved a book called The Winter Bear. It is a very gentle story, told in rhyme, of three children who go out for a walk in winter and find a lost teddy which they take home & give plenty of love. As a child my favourite toy was one that I had rescued in a similar way.

  2. Judith Maunders

    We moved to Australia from England just before my fifth birthday. I loved Paddington – and have shared his tales in print with my own daughter – but my favourite childhood books were anything Famous Five. I wanted to be like George (Georgina) and have a dog like Timmy. I pestered my parents for seven years before they finally gave in and rescued a 12 month stray black labrador cross from the RSPCA. I named her ‘Lucky’ because I felt lucky to finally have a dog (my ‘Timmy’), and as she was a rescue dog, she was lucky to have a home.

  3. Melissa

    The Baby Sitters Club series were my favourites. I had a whole book shelf dedicated to storing them in number order.

    Telephones in bedrooms, slumber parties, a baby-sitting empire at such a young age, it was carefree young fun. I dreamed of being a part of it all. But reading about the adventures of Dawn, Claudia and Kristy over and over again was just as good.

    After having a family 17 years later years since buying my first BCC book, I’ve definitely realised that babysitting isn’t always the easiest gig that it was made out to be in the Baby Sitters Club books – Bring on Paddington, pretty please!

  4. Linda

    Pinocchio … It was the first book I owned as a kid. All the others went back to the library.
    I will never forget the day (over 35yrs ago) I opened it, got really excited and asked my mum “how long can we keep it for” when she told me “forever” I just cried!!!

  5. Julia Parker

    I loved an Australian book series called “The Muddle Headed Wombat!” I remember finishing one, then heading to the school library to find another.

  6. Maria

    The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairytales. It was given to me by my aunt many years ago and I still have it. It has beautiful pictures and some unusual fairy tales.

  7. Dianne Childs

    I loved Winnie The Pooh. I was fascinated with the adventures of Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Christopher Robin and Eeyore and it made me so happy when I was caught up in their fantastical world!

  8. Kirsty

    I’m a lover of good food and of animals making The Very Hungry Caterpillar top of my childhood favourites list! I have always enjoyed reciting exactally what and how many food items were eaten on each day of the week. It’s making me hungry for a piece of chocolate cake, a slice of swiss cheese and a slice of watermelon as we speak!

  9. Diana O

    The Ombley Gombley, I liked the illustrations because they were so different to every other book I had.

  10. Di

    The Magic Faraway tree. The characters, creatures, lands at the top of the tree were sheer fuel for my over active imagination. I still have the book to this very day, in excellent condition too.

  11. Ern

    The Bedtime Book of Fairy tales and rhymes.
    Loved the bright bold pictures as much as I did Dad reading it to me every night, it was our special ‘us’ time without my siblings intruding and stealing his attention away

  12. Andrew Mc

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was as much fun for me to read and it was (eventually) to watch.

  13. Lisa J

    I had a book of Irish fairy tales. I read it over and over. I can’t remember any in particular but it was full of good princesses and morality winning in the end.

  14. Kathleen Morgan

    My Mum used to take us to the public library every Friday after school. One of my earliest memories was of a book that told a tale of a little girl who found and entered a magical world beneath a rose bush at the back of a garden. I have no idea of the title or who wrote the book, except that every Friday I would search the library shelves for it. I know that I will never find this book again but still cannot get over how spellbound i was with it-it brings me such pleasure, even to this day, just remembering the feeling of joy it gave to me when i was so very young.

  15. Tracey

    The faraway tree – Enid blyton had truely captured my imagination. I was always in my own little world when reading her books, hours on end.

  16. Leonie Walker

    I loved well still love beauty and the beast as it has always taught myself and my kids that beauty is what is on the inside and even though someone may seem mean don’t always judge and give a chance to see the inner beauty

  17. Hannah

    The Noddy Series I always wanted to know exactly what mischief Noddy was going to get up to with each new story

  18. Claire thrower

    Enid Blyton far away tree and wishing chair, thought they were magical and really took me to a happy make believe world.

  19. Karly

    I loved Enid Blyton books and had a heap of The Secret Seven mysteries. I think they were my dad’s before me as I would only read them at my grandparents house. I should buy a copy for my 7 year old – Scamper the dog could take on Zac Power any day!

  20. Karla Oleinikoff

    Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton. I re-read it so many times, and I desperately wanted my own chair so I could go on amazing and fantastic adventures.

  21. Deb K

    Snugglepot and Cuddlepie had many exciting adventures
    And I love sharing these beautifully illustrated books
    With my own children many years later!

  22. laura powers

    I had a huge fat book full of all the old childrens short stories,Little Match girl was always my favourite.

  23. Tara

    The Hungary Caterpillar was my very first book to read. My childhood fav was Matilda by Ronald Dahl, also James and the Giant Peach and Witches. I just found Dahl was able to keep me on the books where others didn’t. I was more of a physically active kid, rather than sit down to a book.

  24. Ali

    The Folk of the Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton. I so wanted to be that pixie Silky! The adventures they went on, topsy turvy land, the land of presents. Love it and now my kids are enjoying it.

  25. Stephanie Powell

    I could choose. My favourites were Paddington, Noddy, Black Beauty and Heidi. I have passed them onto my children as I couldnt part with them.

  26. Noelene

    From bears of all sorts – Paddington, Bernstein, Winnie the Pooh to Koala Lu ( not really a bear)
    reading became a passion that needs to be shared with very member of your family.

  27. Jemma Y

    I loved all of Judy Blume books and cassettes, I used to read books and listen to cassettes at night, before I went to sleep Are you there GOD it is me Margaret was my favourite,I can still remember word for word to tell my four daughters.

  28. Leanne Stansbury

    Tove Janssen wrote a beautiful series of books called The Fin Family Moomintroll about these imaginary hippo like creatures. They were captivating and I couldn’t wait until the next one came out.

  29. Cathy

    Any of “The Secret Seven” books by Enid Blyton. I totally immersed myself in their adventures and was totally convinced that Enid should write more books with myself cast as the eighth member!!

  30. Hilda N

    Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ books always helped fill my childhood full of adventure. The thrilling exploits of Julian, Dick, Anne, George and the wonder dog Timmy fueled my childhood dreams of haunted castles, underground passages, buried treasure, deserted islands and idyllic holidays. Set in a world of 1950’s innocence the Famous Five’s secret and adventurous world was the perfect escape, particularly on a rainy day. My mom loved the books too because they used to keep us children quiet! I recently relived those wonderful days again by reading a Famous Five book and the stories have certainly stood the tests of time. Wonderful tales from a golden age of children’s literature.

  31. Tanya Clarke

    I loved “Madeline”. A story about a little French girl going to school. The reason I loved it so, was because it was the book my Nana used to read to me whenever we visited. 🙂

  32. Helen D

    Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl. Twisting fairytales in (as the title implies) revolting ways gave me such a delightful read as a youngster, over and over again. Then I discovered all his other books and truly fell in love!

  33. Sharon M

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4, I started reading this book quite young and it was the first ‘big’ book I actually finished and laughed so much. I read it again many times over. I was totally immersed in Adrian’s world. It brings back good memories for me 🙂 🙂

  34. Kristy winters

    The velveteen rabbit I was anamoured with the idea that toys can be loved so much they become real.

  35. Sandy B

    The Berenstain Bears Books were my favourite as they had great pictures and I was the youngest girl with two older brothers so I could relate to the story line. They always got in to fun adventures which I enjoyed to the end.

  36. CATHY Bowdler

    My favourite childhood book is a first edition Peter and Wendy (1911) by JM Barry, it belongs now to my older sister, Sybille. It belonged to my Nan when she was a girl. I loved looking at the pictures, all hand painted and protected with wax paper, it is a very special book. My sister knew it was special and wouldn’t let my brother and I near it, I used to sneak looks at those lovely pictures though. My sister used to read chapters to my brother and I.


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