Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

Must there always be a sequel or prequel these days?

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is the first authorized sequel to the Winnie the Pooh tales.

David Benedictus is the writer who had the task of re-creating Pooh's world and friends.

There is also a new illustrator - Mark Burgess - who has re-created the look of the original artwork done by E.H. Shepard.

All of this is with the approval of the trustees of Pooh Properties, and the publishers in the U.S. and in Britain.

There's one new character - Lottie the Otter. Why?

Other than Lottie, it remains pretty faithful to the original.

NPR ran a story on the new book and has included Jim Dale reading chapter one. (Jim Dale read the Harry Potter books and was brilliant at that.)