I can’t quite decide if I approve of this or not, but a new Winnie the Pooh character will appear in an anthology due to be released next month to celebrate 90 years since the first Pooh Bear novel was published.
Penguin has been created by author Brian Sibley, whose ‘Winter’ story features in Winnie-the Pooh, The Best Bear in All the World.
Sibley based the new character on photograph which shows Milne and his son Christopher playing with a penguin toy alongside Teddy Bear (the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh).
“For someone who has loved Winnie-the Pooh from his earliest childhood, the idea of visiting 100 Aker Wood in search of a new story was wildly exciting”, said Sibley. “However, having studied and written about the world of A A Milne, it was also daunting.
“While pondering what other toys Christopher Robin might have owned but which were never written about, I remembered seeing a photograph of father and son playing on the nursery for with Winnie-the-Pooh and a penguin. The thought of Pooh encountering a penguin seemed no more outlandish than his meeting a kangaroo and a tiger in a Sussex wood, so I started thinking about what might have happened if, on a rather snowy day, Penguin had found his way to Pooh corner.”
The new character was drawn by Mark Burgess, who illustrated Winnie-the-Pooh, The Best Bear in All the World in the style of original artist E H Shepard.
As well as ‘Winter’, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Best Bear in All the World also features three other stories, entitled ‘Autumn’, ‘Spring’ and ‘Summer’, written by Paul Bright, Jeanne Willis and Kate Saunders, respectively.
Winnie-The-Pooh, The Best Bear in All the World will be published on October 6.