Teddy Bears are optional at the Co-operative Bank Children’s Day at the Groynes on Sunday 4th March. But why wouldn’t you take your teddy bear? Thinking about dusting off my eyeless teddy, who has been present at many a picnic and library event over the years, got me to pondering favourite fictional teddy bears.
Aloysius, the cherished companion of doomed old drunkard Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited, immediately sprang to mind. Sebastian goes to the barber on the High in Oxford to buy a hairbrush ‘to smack Aloysius when he is naughty’, but sadly Aloysius fades out of the story when Sebastian begins to really hit the bottle.
Favourite fictional bear of the non-teddy variety is as far from cuddly as it is possible to be: Iorek Byrnison, of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. Iorek is an armoured bear and the scene where he fights the bad bear king Iofur for the right to lead the bears to his kind of beardom is one of the most memorable I have ever read. Even the pallid movie they made of this wonderful story couldn’t ruin it.
Other favourite fictional bear nominations?