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Review: The Winnie-the-Pooh: Now We Are Grown Up Range by A. A. Milne & E. H. Shephard

The Winnie-the-Pooh: Now We Are Grown Up Range by A. A. Milne & E. H. Shephard

Winnie-the-Pooh: Now We Are Grown Up by A. A. Milne & E. H. Shephard (review copies)


Published: 1st November 2018 | Publisher: Egmont

Filled with A.A.Milne's most delicious quotes and E.H.Shepard's tempting drawings, you'll soon find yourself drooling over a honey pot or two. It is part of a brand-new range of Winnie-the-Pooh gift books for adults - a beautifully presented range of four books to collect and enjoy! From the press release.

Who doesn't love Winnie-the-Pooh? The Winnie-the-Pooh stories are children's classics, and have been since the first book was published in 1926. I know I loved having the stories read to me as a child, and I loved the Winnie-the-Pooh movie, watching it incessantly. I could quite happily watch it again now. There's just something about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo - their simple way of thinking, how they get things wrong in funny ways, their clever plans, their bravery and their friendship - that we can't help but fall in love with them.

And that love doesn't go away just because we're not children any more. We still have fond memories of our time with the friends, and their individual personalities. Thankfully, Egmont have published four little quote books especially for adults, the Winnie-the-Pooh: Now We Are Grown Up range, featuring snippets of our favourite The One Hundred Acre Wood inhabitants and what they got up to; Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers, Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers, Doom & Gloom for Pessimists, and Deep Thoughts and Ponderings for the Wise.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers

Winnie-the-Pooh: Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers

‘What?’ said Piglet, with a jump. And then, to show that he hadn’t been frightened, he jumped up and down once or twice in an exercising sort of way.'

It’s hardly surprising that Piglet, a Very Small Animal, should find the Hundred Acre Wood a rather alarming place.
From the press release.

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Quote taken from Winnie-the-Pooh: Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers

Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers focuses on Piglet, who is probably my favourite of all the characters - or maybe joint tied with Pooh Bear himself. This book is me all over, being such a worrier. Not only does it show when Piglet is worrying over nothing, but it also shows the times when he's brave, even if he's scared. A cute and sweet reminder that even the Very Small and anxious of us can find courage, and support in our friends.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers

Winnie-the-Pooh: Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers

‘What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?’

‘What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying, ‘What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn’t mind a little something, should you, Piglet.'

Winnie-the-Pooh has never been shy about his love of good food especially when his friends offer him a little smackerel of something or other.
From the press release.

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Quote taken from Winnie-the-Pooh: Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers

This little book features Winnie-the-Pooh doing what he loves best: eating! As we all know, Winnie-the-Pooh does love his food. His honey and his condensed milk. This book is full of Pooh going to extraordinary lengths to get his hands on some grub - and the tight spots he finds himself in when he's eaten too much! He is a funny bear, and this one made me giggle.

Winnie-The-Pooh: Gloom & Doom For Pessimists

Winnie-The-Pooh: Gloom & Doom For Pessimists

'Piglet explained to Tigger that he mustn’t mind what Eeyore said because he was always gloomy; and Eeyore explained to Piglet that, on the contrary, he was feeling particularly cheerful this morning.'

Eeyore is one of Winnie-the-Pooh’s most deep-thinking friends and his thoughts usually turn to the gloomy side of things.
From the press release.

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Oh, Eeyore! He is always determined the see the worst in everything - or at least be prepared for things to go bad. A glass half empty kind of donkey, this book shows the highlights - or should that be lowlights? - of Eeyore's many complaints and pessimistic observations. This one had me smiling alone with resigned amusement.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise

Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise

'Pooh hasn't much Brain, but he never comes to any harm. He does silly things and they turn out right. There's Owl. Owl hasn't exactly got Brain, but he Knows Things.'

Winnie-the-Pooh may be a Bear of Very Little Brain, but he sometimes has surprisingly astute and helpful observations on life.
From the press release.

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Quote taken from Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise

Our silly old bear isn't the brightest, but sometimes, just occasionally, he thinks a thought that makes quite a lot of sense. Then, of course, he just thinks silly things you can't help but laugh over. This book gives us not just Pooh's moments of almost-brilliance, but also the not-quite-genius of Owl and Rabbit, too.

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Each book takes a look at one specific character, with a few quotes here and there from the others thrown in. These books are adorable and brought many a smile to my face. With Christmas round the corner, they would make perfect gifts. Tailor a book to your friends personalities, or give the book that focuses on their favourite character. Or, if they're a huge fan, give them all! And don't forget to buy one or all four for yourself while you're at!

Thank you to Egmont for the review copies.

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