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Peter Rabbit’s New Friend, Kitty-in-Boots

By Ruchel Louis Coetzee
Posted On Jan 27, 2016
Peter Rabbit’s New Friend, Kitty-in-Boots

After 100 years, a story by children’s favorite author, Beatrice Potter, about a well-mannered cat with a double life is to be published for the first time.

“The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots,” penned by Potter in 1914, was discovered by publisher, Jo Hanks, after she read an out-of-print biography of the author from the 1970s.  The biography referred to a letter and an unedited manuscript Potter had sent to her then publisher. Imagine Hanks’ surprise. She immediately contacted London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s archives where she discovered three handwritten manuscripts in children’s school notebooks together with a rough color sketch of Kitty-in-Boots.

Frederick Warne & Co.

The story centers on a rebellious cat with a protective owner, who sneaks out at night. Other Potter characters from other tales including an older, yet still mischievous Peter Rabbit, the adorable hedgehog, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and the villainous badger, Mr. Tod all make cameo appearances.

Finding the right illustrator to finish the book was crucial to the release. Hanks sought out one of Britain’s most renowned illustrators, Quentin Blake of Roald Dahl fame. We are confident he will have Potter’s same artistic sensibility.

The publication plans for “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots” were kept under lock and key so that the announcement could coincide with the 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth which happens to be this year. It will be published in September by Frederick Warne & Company, Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House, with simultaneous release in both United States and Britain.

We cannot wait! Please share your favorite Beatrice Potter character with us.