This year may well have marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of renowned author Beatrix Potter, but great writing never loses its charm. Recent news from the UK reveals that the Peter Rabbit creator is once again among that country's best sellers. Her new release, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016, thrusting it into a cover-to-cover tussle with JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and four other titles.
The British bookseller's nomination for the award is all the more remarkable because The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots was only published for the first time in 2016, more than a century after it was written. Potter sent the manuscript to publishers Frederick Warne in 1914 but its illustrations were never completed. That task ultimately fell into the hands of acclaimed British children's author and illustrator Quentin Blake when the manuscript was re-discovered in 2014.
Blake's work is certainly distinctive but seems a somewhat quirky match for the story that centres around “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life," to quote Potter. Why not visit our Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Garden? We have copies for sale.