Written in 1914 by Beatrix Potter but never illustrated, The Tale of Kitty in Boots has been made complete by illustrations from Quentin Blake just in time for the author's 150th birthday!
When one serious, well-behaved young black cat named Miss Catherine St. Quintin — or Kitty for short — decides to go a-hunting, she gets much more of an adventure than she had anticipated. In a tale dotted with familiar faces from Beatrix Potter's other classic tales such as Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Tod, Miss Kitty quickly finds that hunting is dangerous as she goes from predator to prey.
About the Author
Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866 at No 2, Bolton Gardens, Kensington, London. She loved nature and drawing as a child. In 1893, Beatrix sat down to write a picture letter to Noel Moore, the five-year-old son of her ex-governess, all about a naughty rabbit called Peter. Noel was ill in bed and so Beatrix wrote to him: "My dear Noel, I don't know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits...." And that's how The Tale of Peter Rabbit was created. It wasn't until 1902 that Frederick Warne published what would become one of the most beloved stories in children's books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book itself has no visible words or pictures
The illustrations, done by Quentin Blake (acclaimed illustrator of so many Roald Dahl books), are utterly delightful and charming. They are what make this book. The story is simple and lovely, but without the illustrations, it's incomplete, hence why Quentin Blake was chosen to bring the story to life. He did a fantastic job. I love it! Love, Wide-Eyed Zombie Lover
The Tale of Kitty In Boots was written by Beatrice Potter but not published until now. The story has engaging characters and the plot has some surprises, so it's an enjoyable read. However, I'm extremely disappointed in the illustrations. They look like water colored over pencil sketches for the planned illustrations. The expressions on the cats faces are wide eyed zombie looking. It would have been better to use the artist that does the "book" for the Geico commercials, or leave the illustrations out. So that's why I'm giving this book only 3 stars.