Monday, April 4, 2016
& the Unfortunate Tale
of a Borrowed Guinea Pig
by Deborah Hopkinson and
illustrated by Charlotte Voake
Flap Copy Description:
Young Beatrix Potter - who will grow up to be perhaps the most beloved children's book author of all time - adores animals. She probably has more pets than any young lady in London, and she especially loves to draw them.
And when Beatrix decides to paint a picture of her neighbor's guinea pig, the magnificent Queen Elizabeth, she promises that no harm will befall the regal rodent. After all, what could possibly go wrong?
Well...unfortunately, quite a lot.
This review (and recommendation!) is being written only minutes after I finished reading this remarkable picture book! Ms. Hopkinson and Ms. Voake have collaborated to create a delightful tale based on a true story in the life of Beatrix Potter. The text is exquisite, and the illustrations are sublime. I can only imagine how pleased Ms. Potter would have been to have seen such a lovely book based on her young life. Like so many other writers, the iconic author/illustrator is one of my inspirational heroines in the world of children's literature.
Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig will have a special place in my library - right next to my complete collection of The Tales of Peter Rabbit. I highly recommend this beautiful picture book to readers from the ages of eight to eighty!
Click here to learn about the author Deborah Hopkinson
Click here to learn about the illustrator Charlotte Voake