The Tale of Kitty in Boots by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Kitty in Boots, written by Beatrix Potter and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

This really is Beatrix Potter, newly published 73 years after she died, and 102 years after she wrote it.  She never finished the complete book and all the illustration due to the start of the First World War, but, a handwritten manuscript and some rough sketches of Kitty in Boots and the villian Mr Tod the fox were discovered in an archive in The Victoria and Albert Museum.

Quentin Blake was asked to illustrate and this was a great choice - his illustrations look perfectly in keeping with the traditional layout and design of the book.

Miss Kitty is a "serious, well-behaved young black cat", but her alter ego is a country hunter wearing beautiful boots.  Here she is, illustrated by Quentin Blake in all her well-behaved, serious finery...

and here she is in Beatrix Potter's original sketch in her hunting suit. (V and A museum / Frederick Warne & Co).

This is a wonderful story for old fans of Beatrix Potter, and could spark new interest in ber stories which certainly have survived the test of time.  It would make a perfect Christmas gift.

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[Thanks to the publishers for sending me The Tale of Kitty in Boots]

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