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. The new tale will be released in September. It will mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth.
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.”
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