Bump, bump, bump… what's the sound? Ah, just the ever lovable Winnie the Pooh bouncing back into our lives thanks to a superb new V&A exhibition celebrating the iconic little bear and his chums, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest, as well as of course, Christopher Robin.
As you walk into this exhibition, beneath a ceilingful of blue balloons, you wonder about the truth of that legend. Anyone who can write the words “nobody can be uncheered with a balloon” has surely not wholly forgotten what childhood is about.
Paddington Bear is not the only ursine companion on the block this Christmas. AA Milne's beloved Winnie-the-Pooh is brought to life at the V&A from December 9 in an exhibition featuring sketches, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion. He's a fuzzy little cubby all stuffed with fluff, and enough to brighten any day.
Most visitors will be divided into young children and those who remember the books from when they were young. There's something for both.
It is certainly very satisfying and will be popular with grandparents (and grandchildren), and it really does make you want to return to Milne's original material and start re-reading them all over again.