Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Extended Tale of Beatrix Potter

Beloved children's author Beatrix Potter died in 1943, but in September of this year, she will publish a new book: The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots. 

Jo Hanks, a publisher at Penguin Random House discovered the unpublished manuscript in the Victoria and Albert museum archives. It was written in 1914 but was never published due to WWI.

Along with the manuscript, Hanks found a signle color sketch of Kitty-in-Boots.
Potter describes our new heroine in a letter to her publisher as "a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life."

The cover art and illustrations will be completed by Sir Quentin Blake, known for artwork for the Roald Dahl classics. 

The cover will feature Kitty in her gentleman's jacket and fur-lined boots, drawn in Blake's scratchy, angular illustrative style. I personally feel this design lacks the soft appeal of Potter's own illustrations, which always felt comforting and safe, like an animal I wanted to cuddle up with. 
Hanks considers this story the best of Beatrix Potter. With rambunctious humor, colorful villains, and some of our favorite characters —including an appearance from Petter Rabbit.

I'm a believer that history and legacies should be left alone, but I'm not going to lie, I'm super excited about this additional Tale being added to the Beatrix Potter collection. 

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