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Return to the Hundred Acre Wood: In Which Winnie-The-Pooh Enjoys Further Adventures with Christopher Robin and His Friends. with Decorations by Mark Burgess in the Style of E.H. Shepard

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It was eighty years ago, on the publication of "The House at Pooh Corner," when Christopher Robin said good-bye to Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Now they are all back in new adventures, for the first time approved by the Trustees of the Pooh Properties. This is a companion volume that truly captures the style of A. A. Milne-a worthy sequel to "T ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Egmont Books (UK) (first published January 1st 2009)
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SVG
Oct 09, 2009 SVG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv
One day, some time ago, I heard the news
Benedictus is plotting some kind of a ruse!
New Winnie the Pooh? It simply can't be--
certainly no A.A. Milne was he!

As the day came round a bright blue book was bound,
with fanciful new tales covering old ground.
Mimicking a style Quite Unlike Any,
I braced for what could be a disappointment (or many).

But OH! the whimsy was there and abundant,
with characters shiny and new (not redundant).
How cheered and relieved I was to have met,
all the Hundred Acre Wood lot,
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James
Oct 20, 2009 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Right from the title, this book got off on the wrong foot. If you want to follow Milne, then you should probably realize that Owl lives in the Hundred Acre Wood (or rather, did, before he lost his house and moved into Piglets, which is mentioned several times in this book as an attempt to reconnect readers with the original stories), and that everyone else lives in the Forest. The only person who could really return to the Hundred Acre Wood would be Owl, then, and he never does in this book.

Bene
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Bistra Ivanova
Понеже предпочитам да виждам Мечо Пух през очите на Ърнест Шепърд, вместо на компанията Дисни, нямаше как да бъда по-скептична към шума около Новата Книга за Мечо Пух, издадена точно 80 години след оригинала. Но така или иначе, намираше ми се вкъщи, затова днес я преполових набързо с голяма доза скептицизъм. Не я разбрах много тази работа с "О, Прасчо, чу ли, че Кристофър Робин се е върнал в Гората след 80 години. Колко ли много време са 80 години, а Прасчо?", при което момчето идва на видимо съ ...more
Keith
Dec 29, 2009 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this was a Christmas gift and I read it Christmas night and cried myself to sleep because I miss my cat. Thanks Mom.

Four stars because giving five to a Pooh sequel not written by the Milne himself is sort of sacrilegious, but this book gets far more right than it does wrong. The tone is there without being forced -- occasionally the dialogue is perhaps a little more on-point than Milne ever was, but I'm really nitpicking there. A new character is introduced with sort of a dumb name, but the f
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Becky
Apr 22, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
I have always loved Winnie the Pooh, the books are full of charm and humour and so sweet. We held a WtP event at our library last weekend and when I was requesting books to promote it, I saw this listed and immediately requested it. i was curious what it would be like and whether it would live up to the original.
This book does carry a certain amount of charm, the illustrations are fabulous and really quite faithful to the original style. The writing was very close, at times it didn't quite read
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Laura
Feb 18, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had trepidations about this novel, owing to the fact that it was not written by Milne. I read it as an adult and not as a child, unlike the other Pooh books. Allowing another author to write a tale about timeless and beloved characters is a massive demonstration of trust on the part of the Milne estate, and that trust was not ill-placed. Although I could almost always spot the difference in writing style, I think it was as close as a nostalgic Pooh fan could hope for. The more important aspect ...more
Sarah
Mar 05, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most beloved figures in children’s literature, Winnie-the-Pooh has delighted readers since his appearance in 1926. At the end of “The House at Pooh Corner,” A. A. Milne nostalgically writes, “But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.” Now this immortal line is finding its fulfillment, and the treasured inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood are back in David Benedictu ...more
Malcolm
I think this was a brave effort. I was a bit suspicious of the idea of producing a sequel...how could the original books be improved and I was right: this isn't better but it is a good attempt. There are occasional glimpses of Milne's whimsy but at times the text is a bit too knowing for its own good. The illustrations are superb and there are moments that capture the original perfectly. The otter was an unnecessary edition but all in all a pleasant read that could well send me back to the origi ...more
Rebecca Reid
It is always rather dangerous when the Estate of a Favorite Author decides to approve a retelling, remake, or sequel to a Favorite Series.


So I was a bit apprehensive to readReturn to the Hundred Acre Woodby David Benedictus (Dutton Children’s Books, 2009). With the Disney movie versions of Pooh, Tigger, and friends, I had reason to be wary. (Many of the modern story lines are simply horrible!)

I needn’t have worried. Author David Benedictus and illustrator Mark Burgess treated the Winnie-the-Pooh
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GraceAnne
I cannot really rate this. It makes a really heartfelt attempt to capture the spirit of Pooh, but it is a little too twee, a little too didactic, a little too, well, not to be too zen about it, a little too Not-Pooh. The illustrations likewise reflect the originals bravely.
I do have to say that I loathe the new character, Lottie the Otter, who sounds too much like a maiden aunt when she isn't sounding like Lucy Van Pelt of Peanuts. Oh, Bother.
Judy
Dec 09, 2009 Judy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Rabbit wasn't_______, and then Piglet didn't ___________, and then Eeyore couldn't _________, and then Pooh was somehow not _______, and Christopher Robin seemed ____________. I can't quite put it into words, but neither could Benedictus. What was missing? I think I know. And I've written a book about it. (Looking for a publisher...)
Aimee
I'm pretty wary of sequels written long after the original book's author has died, but I was pleasantly surprised by this sequel to the Winnie the Pooh books. David Benedictus does A.A. Milne very proud, I think. He captured the personalities of Pooh and all his friends perfectly. I almost think, heresey though it might be, that the gang's adventures this time around were more lively than the original ones!
The only thing I didn't like, (not even "didn't like," really; just wasn't wild about) was
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Tristan
Dec 28, 2014 Tristan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable. As a total Winnie -the-Pooh fanatic, (I wrote a poem that has some 15-20 separate Winnie-the-Pooh references without looking any up) my appreciation of this book has little to do with it itself and everything to do with the amount of justice I think it does to its inspiration. On that front, I thought it performed admirably. Benedictus captured Milne's style (as well I I can remember--it's been a few months since I last read Winnie-the-Pooh) very well and Burgess did a great job ...more
Spigana
Vljeh.
This is definitely not Winnie-the-Pooh I love so much. Children might like this book, but it has lost all the magic, innocence and wit that made Winnie-the-Pooh favorite for many adults.
Nicole Pilcher
Oct 03, 2015 Nicole Pilcher rated it really liked it
As I love the original Pooh Bear stories (Winnie the Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner) I was more than a little concerned that any other writer could do justice to these stories. And it was with great trepidation that I purchased a copy of this book

I need not have worried. The author and the illustrator remained true to the original stories. All the characters retain the traits that made them so lovable and I believe that AA Milne would have been proud to see his famous creations given such a l
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Tracy
Dec 04, 2009 Tracy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I wanted to enjoy it, really I did. It just wasn't Pooh. If I had not loved the originals so much perhaps it would have been all right.
Brandi Davis
Dec 27, 2013 Brandi Davis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Very poor follow up. I think it would have been better if the author didn't try to write like A.A. Milne.
Zoë
Dec 30, 2015 Zoë rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
"I wonder why things have to change," murmured Piglet.
Pooh thought for a while, then said: "It gives them a chance to get better. Like when the bees went away, and came back." p. 199
David Benedictus, with his addition to this Pooh legacy, has shown us that things may continue to be as important and meaningful as A.A. Milne intended them to be. And the drawings by Mark Burgess are as charming and insightful as the originals by E.H. Shepard.
Altogether a satisfying read with which to usher out
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Grace
Nov 03, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Pooh and the gang!
There were a heap of spelling mistakes, but other than that it was good :)
James Davis
May 18, 2015 James Davis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bad
Very poor follow-up and very little of the charm of the original.
A
Apr 26, 2014 A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seemed like a nice idea to return to the Hundred Acre Wood, but this just didn't quite work. In places it felt too forced, as if the author were trying too hard to approach Milne's style and missing badly. Features of early C20th life drawn into the stories felt more like clichés, brought there to deliberately reinforce the setting, rather than as natural consequences of the stories. There was a similar feeling to the illustrations. They were trying hard to follow E. H. Shepard but missing th ...more
Chen
Feb 24, 2014 Chen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories are still fun and insightful. But because they are not written by the original author, it feels like...how should I say...it is like when Christopher Robin gave Pooh this wooden ladle for his honey, we know that Pooh would probably never use it. He enjoys honey with his paws or squeeze his whole head into the honey jar. He is just that sort of bear. And Christopher Robin should know. Then you wonder why the author had Christopher Robin gave Pooh that sort of present...It is that sort ...more
Hannah
Jan 16, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads, childrens, own
"Return to the Hundred Acre Wood" is the story of Christopher Robin's summer vacation with all of his old friends: Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Roo, Kanga, Owl, and Eeyore. We are also introduced to a new character: Lottie the Otter.
I really enjoyed this book. I know a lot of people probably have a problem with it, because it is Winnie the Pooh, but not written by A.A. Milne. This fact doesn't bother me in the least. In fact, I consider it to be keeping the legacy alive, introducing Pooh to
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Claire
Dec 15, 2009 Claire rated it really liked it
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Untold
Feb 25, 2010 Untold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As many other reviewers have pointed out, this sequel by other hands both does and doesn't quite capture the essence and core of Milne's work. Milne's Pooh stories have always been very close to my heart, and the thought of a sequel attempting his style filled me with almost as much dread as the awful Disneyfied versions do - yet Benedictus does to a very admirable job, not only at capturing Milne's voice, and that of the characters, but also in not feeling afraid to branch out a bit, develop th ...more
Helen
Jul 02, 2013 Helen rated it liked it
Difficult one. I'm not sure whether this was actually written for children, with the intention that they would read it after "The house at Pooh Corner" and see it as a sequel, or whether it is for middle-aged adults (lots of the blurb mentions the 80 year gap, so maybe the latter?) Personally I think it's quite sad really (as is the end of the original - we know that Christopher Robin is going to grow up and put his bear and friends behind him, but somewhere a boy and his bear, &c. ...) So, ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
After eighty years, the gang (Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore) have some new adventures. They have a spelling bee, learn to play cricket, make a new friend, and generally have a wonderful time in the Hundred Acre Wood.

What I thought: This book was enchanting and delightful. I'm only sorry to say that it took eighty years to have a new Pooh book. Benedictus did such a good job with the stories. I wouldn't mind seeing another Pooh book by him. The illustrations were quite
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Anne
Apr 07, 2010 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up, I loved the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and all his Friends and Relatives in the Hundred Acre Wood. Eeyore was always my favorite, even though I can't recall any of the actual stories. I hesitated to pick this one up given that it's written by an author other than A.A. Milne, but though it would be fun to see some of those little critters on a new adventure. And it definitely was. I have read some criticism of the book - perhaps some of the characters are not as likeable as in the ...more
Tracy
Jun 06, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool
Even though it wasn't THE Winnie-the-Pooh this was a pleasant homage to the Milne/Shepard books. Christopher Robin has come home from school for the summer. He and his friends play a cricket test match, attempt to hold a spelling bee, learn that tigers come from Asia not Africa, and meet a new friend, Lottie the otter. My favorite story was "Rabbit Organizes Almost Everything" in which Rabbit tries to conduct a Census of the animals of the Hundred Acre Wood.

"A Census is when you write down the n
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Lee
Nov 09, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
It's actually a beautifully designed book, following Milne's writing style and Shephard's style of illustrations. It's all so close to the original, that you probably wouldn't think it wasn't written and drawn by the original creators, except we know that it wasn't. Perhaps I would have liked to have seen a little development; while Pooh and Piglet and the rest haven't changed since originally written, but we have. Instead of introducing a new critter into the Wood, what if it was a girl?
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David Benedictus is an English-Jewish writer and theatre director, best known for his novels. His most recent work is the Winnie-the-Pooh novel Return to the Hundred Acre Wood (2009). It was the first such book in 81 years.
He was educated at Eton College, Oxford and the University of Iowa. His second novel, You're a Big Boy Now, was made into a 1966 feature film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. H
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