new Beatrix Potter Kitty-in-Boots tale

new Kitty-in-Boots tale

Beatrix Potter’s unpublished manuscript was found two years ago by Jo Hanks, who works for the publishing company Penguin Random House, (Children’s department) London. The manuscript is a new Beatrix Potter Kitty-in-Boots tale.
Ms Hanks came across the story of Kitty-in-Boots by chance in 2013 after reading an out-of-print biography of Potter (which may have been Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, by Linda Lear). It mentioned a letter Ms. Potter sent to her publisher in 1914, in which she described Kitty-in-Boots adventures, a tale about a “well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life” as a crime-fighter.

Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter

Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter

But the story was put aside because of various interruptions: the outbreak of World War I; her marriage; illness and a growing interest in farming — which resulted in an unfinished book.

Ms Hunt checked the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and found three unedited manuscripts of the story, two in children’s school notebooks and one typed, along with a rough sketch of Kitty-in-Boots and the villainous fox Mr Tod. The tale includes Peter Rabbit, one of Potter’s most famous characters, and another Potter favourite, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.
“The tale really is the best of Beatrix Potter. It has double identities, colourful villains and a number of favourite characters from other tales – most excitingly, Peter Rabbit makes an appearance, albeit older, slower and portlier,” Ms Hanks told The Bookseller.

this is what kitty-in-boots looks like

this is what kitty-in-boots looks like

The Illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake. He was chosen because “he understands the rebelliousness of animal characters and doesn’t patronise children, which was one of Potter’s bugbears”, Ms Hunt said. Sir Blake also illustrated Roald Dahl’s children’s books.

Helen Mirren, British actress

Helen Mirren, British actress

The voice in the audiobook version by Dame Helen Mirren, her first audiobook recording. Scheduled release is September, 2016. The book publisher is Frederick Warne & Co, Potter’s original publisher (part of Penguin Random House Children’s). Expected release also in September, 2016. Both coincide with Beatrix’s Potter 150th anniversary of the year of her birth.

younger portrait Beatrix Potter
Born: July 28, 1866, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Died: December 22, 1943, Near and Far Sawrey, United Kingdom

 

 

what is a prime cat?

Stages of a cat’s life

I’d never heard of a prime cat until I read about Beatrix Potters new tale about “a prime cat”, so what is a prime cat? A prime cat is a stage of a cat’s life. It is the transition of your cat becoming an adult, which is between 3 to 6 years old, because it is considered the prime of your cat’s life. So if your cat is between 3 – 6 years old, your cat is a prime cat. During the prime stage, your cat’s personality is established, as are bad habits. So, if your cat is marking, not using kitty litter (after medical reasons are ruled out), are aggessive,  things like that, address them as soon as possible, otherwise these behaviors will be ingrained.

prime cat

Marnie is almost 4 years old
photo by shari smith dunaif © 2016

Prime cats continue to be playful. They retain some of their kittinish curiosity and energy, yet since they are adults, they can also gain a little weight. Just like us, they need a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise. Playing with you cat is the best way to provide the exercise they need: it’s good for your cat,and fun for you.

playful prime cat

playful prime cat
photo by shari smith dunaif © 2016