“Move Over Peter Rabbit”

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More than 100 years after it was written, a new Beatrix Potter story has been found.  It is set to be published for the first time this year on September 1.  2016 marks the 150 anniversary of the birth of Potter.

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“The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots” deals with “a well-bred behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life.” Potter wrote the story in 1914 and had begun working on the illustrations, but it was never published because of many other events occurring in her life.

The manuscript was found with many other Potter papers.  Penguin Random House publisher Jo Hands read about it in an out-of-print-biography.  Intrigued, Hands searched through London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, where many of Potter’s papers are kept.  What she found was a complete manuscript, a dummy version of the book, and two sketches.

Before the book could be published, an artist had to be found to bring the book to life.  The only color illustration for the book shows Miss Kitty wearing a tweed jacket, shirt and tie, and carrying a rifle over her shoulder.

Quentin Blake who has illustrated many of Roald Dahl’s children’s books was selected to be the illustrator.

Readers who have enjoyed Beatrix Potter’s stories will enjoy this one.  Some characters from previous titles appear including Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and a grown up Peter Rabbit.

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