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Emma Thompson celebrates 110 years of Peter Rabbit by giving us a brand-new tale!
Celebrate 110 years of Peter Rabbit with a new, original tale written by Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson and based on the original tales by Beatrix Potter. In this story, Peter's adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr. McGregor's garden and all the way to Scotland! With 72 pages of beautiful text and illustrations, this hardcover picture book, which includes an audio CD of the story narrated by the author, is sure to become a classic — and a collector's item!
"'I have not seen many rabbits moping, but when they do, their ears droop.' So begins this pitch-perfect new adventure of the mischievous bunny who first appeared 110 years ago in Beatrix Potter's original tale. Perhaps understandably, Peter is, by now, a bit bored with life in the sandbank. Warned against wandering off by Benjamin Bunny ('Too many carts on the road.... Too many owls, and too many foxes'), Peter (again) wriggles under Mr. McGregor's gate, this time into an 'interesting basket smelling of onions.' After eating the picnic lunch within, he nods off, awakened later by the jostling of a horse-drawn cart he's been loaded onto, which is en route to, of all places, Scotland. There he meets Finlay McBurney, 'a HUGE black rabbit in a kilt, a dagger thrust into the top of his laced-up boot,' and a distant relative. Peter is in good hands with Finlay and gets the adventure he sought. Thompson and Taylor preserve the delicious dry wit of Potter's original tales this is top-notch read-aloud fare that both children and their parents will enjoy. Here's to having Peter hop into trouble for another hundred years. Includes an audio recording of the tale, read by Thompson. Ages 5 – 6. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Emma Thompson is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and actress who lives in London and Argyll. Her father was Eric Thompson, the man behind The Magic Roundabout
, and she remembers him reading Beatrix Potter's tales to her and her sister in his best Dougal voice. "We would always want The Tale of Mr. Tod
, which is lengthy and satisfyingly spooky. He would always read The Tale of a Fierce Bad Rabbit
, which has about three words on each page. But — thanks to Potter's genius — we were never, ever disappointed."
Eleanor Taylor grew up in Scotland and England, and has a great affinity for the countryside of both places, which is beautifully reflected in the engaging characters and beautiful scenes illustrated in this book.