1 March 2016
For the first time, Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s, have revealed the cover of the rediscovered Beatrix Potter tale, illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Quentin Blake said, ‘It seemed almost incredible when, early in 2015, I was sent the manuscript of a story by Beatrix Potter; one which had lain unpublished for a hundred years and which, with the exception of a single drawing, she had never illustrated. I 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. I have a strange feeling that it might have been waiting for me.’
Jo Hanks, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, said, ‘As soon as we began the conversation about finding an illustrator, we knew it had to be Quentin Blake. It’s a challenging brief to illustrate a manuscript written over a hundred years ago by one of the world’s most beloved authors, but we knew that Quentin’s energy, rebelliousness and humour were in keeping with Beatrix’s own artistic sensibilities and therefore exactly what this fantastic book called out for.’