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Dame Halen Mirren is to narrate Beatrix Potter’s rediscovered story The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots.

Jo Hanks, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, found the unedited manuscript and a colour sketch of Kitty in Boots in a 1970s history of the author.

Hanks commented on the find.
"The tale really is the best of Beatrix Potter. It has double identities, colourful villains and a number of favourite characters from other tales (including Mr Tod, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Ribby and Tabitha Twitchit).
And, most excitingly, our treasured, mischievous Peter Rabbit makes an appearance - albeit older, slower and portlier!"

As only one rough sketch has been discovered, Quentin Blake has been commissioned to illustrate The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots.

Blake said he liked the story immediately.
" … It’s full of incident and mischief and character - and I was fascinated to think that I was being asked to draw pictures for it.”

the-tale-of-kitty-in-bootsThe Tale of Kitty-in-Boots will be Mirren’s first audiobook and is scheduled for release at the same time as the book on September 1. It marks the 150th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth. The book will include five other stories; the narrators are yet to be announced. You can pre-order the book here.

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