"So much for leaving perfection alone," said the Augusta Chronicle. Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, the first authorized sequel to A. A. Milne's classic Winnie-the-Pooh books in over 80 years, puts the world of Pooh into the hands of a new author, English writer David Benedictus. But "classics shouldn't be tampered with"—what's next, "a sequel to Wuthering Heights, where Catherine and Heathcliff magically come back to life and run away together?"
Purists may find that, in Benedictus' hands, time has stood still in Pooh's world, said Felicia Lee in The New York Times. Pooh is still silly, and Christopher Robin is back from boarding school to hang with his friends. But Benedictus did change a few things—he added a new character, Lottie the Otter, and he made Eeyore a little more proactive so he's not always a victim.
"I would expect this to rile my book-purist heart," said Rebekah Denn in The Christian Science Monitor, "but 'sequels' written by new authors don't push my curmudgeon buttons." People crave "sequels as badly as candy, even with books that—like the original Pooh—have the loveliest, most final endings." It seems pretty harmless to "add one lovingly researched, long-considered work to the authorized canon."
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