Penguin Young Readers announced plans to publish a new Winnie-the-Pooh sequel entitled The Best Bear in All the World. The release date has been set for October 25.
Four writers have agreed to contribute new stories for this book. One author, Brian Sibley, will introduce a new character named Penguin in his story, “Winter.” He drew inspiration to create Penguin from an old photo that showcases A.A. Milne, the original author behind the Winnie-the-Pooh series, and Christopher Robin Milne, his son, playing with the original Winnie-the-Pooh toy and a penguin plushie (see below).
Sibley gave this statement in the press release: “For someone who has loved Winnie-the-Pooh & Co from his earliest childhood, the idea of visiting the ‘100 Aker Wood’ in search of a new story was wildly exciting. However, having studied and written about the works of A. A. Milne, it was also daunting. But, for me, the challenge was more than just attempting to play A. A. Milne in his own literary game; I also wanted to find a way of successfully introducing a brand new character into Pooh’s world, whilst being sympathetic to the tone and style of the original books.”