Back in February we wrote about the release of The Tale of Kitty In Boots. We pre-ordered the book as soon as we possibly could and we’ve been eagerly awaiting it’s arrival. The publication date was September 1st. September has of course crept upon us rather quickly. But now it’s time for us to share the newest Beatrix Potter book with you.
I came home to a lovely Amazon parcel – The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots. I opened it right away and read it to myself. I was surprised to find that the book is almost A4 in size – not the lovely little books I remember Beatrix Potter being as a child. However it’s beautiful.
It took me a little time to read the book – it’s 69 pages long. Although that’s not to say each page has a lot of words. There are some very short paragraphs and lots of lovely illustrations. (I’ll come back to the illustrations shortly).
Firstly a little about the book, from the blurb:
“Once upon a time there was a serious well-behaved young black cat…”
‘Or so her owner thinks. What she doesn’t know is that Kitty sneaks out at night to go hunting! Unfortunately our furry friend isn’t a very good hunter and she gets into all sorts of scrapes while prowling around the countryside. And on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all – Mr. Tod! With appearances from Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and a very familiar rabbit in a blue coat, this story is an utterly entertaining read’.
I found the book to be a charming read. It’s a little more about hunting that I had imagined from just reading the blurb – Kitty goes out with a gun! But all’s well that ends well and to be completely honest this would have been a lot more normal in the country side and back in Beatrix Potter’s day.
The book contains words like ‘durst not’ (dared not) and ‘bobbited’ and ‘caterwaul’ which I just love. It’s interesting reading Beatrix Potter again (I must relive those childhood memories). There are some complicated words so I think children may find this book quite complicated to read to themselves. However it’s a lovely book to share, and it will give you and your children plenty to talk about. I’m sure children will have quite a lot of questions.
The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots is wonderfully illustrated from Sir Quentin Blake who it would seem is completely honoured to have finished off the book for Potter -she used to illustrate the books herself. Kitty-in-Boots was ‘written in 1914, at the beginning of when the First World War, when life for Beatrix Potter was difficult and no doubt farming demanded all her attention‘.
I’m also rather chuffed to say I own a book that says ‘First published in this edition 2016’.
The release of The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots book coincides with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. There really couldn’t have been a better time to publish this book!
Did you love the Tales of Peter Rabbit and friends as a child? Why not share the latest with your children and relive those childhood memories?