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"A serious, well-behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains."When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all - Mr. Tod!This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains and e"A serious, well-behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains."When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all - Mr. Tod!This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains and even an appearance from Peter Rabbit.Told with Beatrix Potter's trademark dry humour and wry observations, this brilliant tale is sure to become as popular as her original classics and is illustrated by the best-loved Quentin Blake....

Title : The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots
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ISBN : 9780241247594
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 72 Pages
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The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots Reviews

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-02-13 14:46

    Conveniently found exactly 100 years after it was written, this tale has only just recently been published. They even enlisted Quentin Blake to come and illustrate it. It makes me wonder how many other works of literature are being held back for such timely releases. The world turns on money, unfortunately, and the book market is no different. But that’s beside the point. In here we have an entertaining little tale, quirky and playful, yet perceptive and sarcastic. Potter satirises hunting, demonstrating the hypocrisy of it. Why shoot one animal when your morals won’t allow you to shoot another? What’s the difference between a rabbit and a hedgehog, a fox and a ferret? Nothing. The kitty in boots stops being a pampered house cat for a day and acts like a human hunter. She goes out into the forests and does what humans do, and she gets into all sorts of mess and traps. The seriousness of the moral situation is offset by the light-hearted nature of the prose. It’s a good bit of fun, but entirely forgettable.

  • Trish
    2019-02-04 14:57

    This tiny little story is just long enough to get the young ones imagining the secret lives of kitties, ferrets, rabbits, foxes, and a whole host of neighborhood animals who are abroad in the fields at night. For those that have the series of Beatrix Potter you will recognize many now-famous characters of the blue-coated Peter Rabbit and the terrifying Mr. Tod the Fox, among others. You don’t want to miss this one. For those that dimly remember Potter's characters, this story has wonders made evident by the exquisitely expressive voice of Helen Mirren who shows us the very best way to read a bedtime story. Listening to this story will set you down in an England seemingly long gone, but completely alive nonetheless. It is a gem and well worth seeking out.A short extract of Helen Mirren reading this story is posted on my blog.

  • Tina
    2019-01-20 17:46

    I guess I'm too much of a traditionalist. These illustrations, though I love Quentin Blake's other work, didn't really seem to fit the story in the tradition of Beatrix Potter. As well, gun-toting kitties? This one might have been better left unfound. Yet again, it may be that I'm too much looking for the work to resemble others of Beatrix Potter's anthology. Not too impressed, obviously.

  • Amelia Harvey
    2019-02-14 13:39

    Where to start with this one... Ok I hate the choice of Quentin Blake as the illustrator. I love Beatrix Potter, her illustrations are gorgeous. Why not just get an illustrator to emulate her style? Just because Blake's well known? I don't know, I could get over it but I genuinely found some of the images hard to make out. Again this wouldn't have been TOO big a problem if I understood what the hell the text was on about.So the story itself, well it's clearly an early draft there's a reason we haven't seen this story before, because it wasn't finished. The plot is non existent, something about a black cat who gets another black cat to pretend to be it while the first cat sneaks out to hunt at night. But then theres a load of other cats introduced and some ferrets for no reason all with ridiculous names and I know Miss Tiggy-Winkle and Squirrel Nutkins are in this world but Cheesebox!? The cat then gets caught in a trap and Mr Todd comes to release her but she points a gun at him. He was trying to help... I can't even begin to try with this one. Just don't bother reading it it's terrible.

  • Amy Seraphina
    2019-01-26 12:42

    Hmm... The style of this story seems different to Beatrix Potter's other books. Although she wrote the original manuscript in 1914 before World War 1 and never completed it. I didn't enjoy the tale although it might have been because I was distracted by the Blake drawings. It didn't feel like I was reading a Beatrix Potter tale, more like a weird Roald Dahl story because as much as I tried to put the illustrations out of my mind while reading they seeped in and possibly screwed my perception of the tale. I may need to read it again.

  • Claire
    2019-01-26 16:46

    Not as good as her other stories, you can tell it wasn't finished. Not impressed with the illustrations at all, too messy.

  • Книжни Криле
    2019-01-28 14:42

    „Приказка за Кити в ботушки” (изд. „Труд”) е книжка-събитие за всички почитатели на Биатрикс Потър! Издадена за първи път през 2016 (не само в България, а и изобщо), това е една непозната и нова за читателите приказка от любимата британска детска писателка и илюстраторка. Ръкописът, датиращ от 1914 година, е открит през 2015 из необятните архиви на лондонския музей на изкуството „Victoria and Albert Museum”. И сега, повече от век след написването на приказката, „Кити в ботушки” най-накрая достига до читателите! Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":

  • Gela
    2019-01-25 10:31

    5 stars simply because it's Beatrix Potter and to be able to find such a rare gift as an unpublished book by a well known favorite author is simply treasure. Love the quirky illustration by Quentin Blake; It's was the best complement to an author-illustrating not duplicating her characters.

  • Andrew
    2019-01-28 10:45

    Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf (Around 2.5 stars)Yes, I know what you are all thinking. I audiobooked this?! What about the illustrations by Quentin Blake? I thought you said you wanted to read this. And I did - I still do - but when I was asked if I wanted to audiobook this, I jumped at it for several reasons. One of them was Helen Mirren - I love her voice. Another was curiosity. How could this be under an hour? Surely the story would be 15/20 minutes, max? And what would it be like to listen to an Beatrix Potter instead of reading it? But Quentin Blake's illustrations did play a factor. From what I have seen of his illustrations linked to this book, I was very put off. They didn't feel right with Beatrix Potter. With Roald Dalh, yes. Completely. But not with a Beatrix Potter. The illustrations used in her other books felt more in keeping, but these felt very out of place and out of time. You could tell these were modern drawings and they didn't fit, in my opinion, with the time when the story was written and set.But enough about that. Let's talk Kitty-In-Boots.The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots follows a black cat who leads a leads a double life. By day, she stays home with her owner. But at night, she goes out with her boots and her gun and goes hunting. But this tale follows her one night when she gets into all sorts of scrapes, meet some old friends and comes up against the fox hunter known as Mr Tod...OK... I am going to say that I have listened to this story a few things (it's around 17 minutes long so a good cycle ride to work in the morning for me), and I can't figure out how I feel about it.It's a good little story. And you can tell it's a Beatrix Potter.But - yes, there's that word I always like using while I write these - it feels off. It feels like a Beatrix Potter and doesn't at the same time. It feels unpolished and, from what I have researched, Beatrix started this and have every intention to finish but this was interrupted by World War One and personal events happened (marriage and health).So, in some ways, this feels like a first or second draft, and we have no idea if she ever showed this to her publishers and their reactions. It's not polished to the usual Beatrix Potter standard.Another small issue is the audiobook. Now, I have nothing bad to say about Helen Mirren and her reading (maybe a tad too dramatic at times, but why not? She's Helen flipping Mirren)! But it's a little odd to listen to Helen Mirren, the story ends and we have Anna Friel (another wonderful actor) reading the other four stories in this audiobook (The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher). I get that Anna has read them a few years ago and putting the stories together make something special, but it's just odd and jarring to have two narrators.This is a weird one. I think this will fit perfectly within the Beatrix Potter brand, but it's just feels a little off somehow.

  • Helen
    2019-02-10 14:53

    This is a charming Beatrix Potter story (or perhaps unfinished story) that is well-illustrated by Quentin Blake (not Potter) and a story that had not been published until now. There are some familiar characters in the simple story - which reminds me a bit of Mother Goose - as well as a cast of new feline and other creatures. I haven't listened to the story read by Helen Mirren - which is included with the book - but no doubt it's as entrancing as the book. I doubt if this story would have ended the way it did had the author revisited it, because the heart of the story- the two black cats that take turns being an owner's "serious, well-behaved, young black cat" is never really resolved. All we know is that the "wild" black cat goes off to live in the woods, and "Kitty-in-Boots" more or less becomes totally "bourgeois," domesticated after her horrifying misadventure while hunting with an air gun. What is the moral of the story? Not to be led astray by shady characters - like the "wild" black cat - because of the likely unfortunate consequences, and instead to stay with more "boring" "well-behaved" cats, close to the hearth, rather than adventuring? I suppose that's a sensible message to convey to the likely audience of a Beatrix Potter book (although readers of any age definitely can and do enjoy her books): Children. The reader (or listener, if the book is read to a child) hears what can befall a kitty out on the prowl at night, and hopefully takes the message to heart, not to engage in foolish nocturnal hi-jinks. A parent would approve - of course - since it's definitely a salutary message, directed to kids who may not understand fully the dangers "out there" beyond the realm of safety and caring at home (or under adult supervision away from home). Although the illustrations of course weren't like Ms. Potter's, they had an updated whimsy - that reminded me a bit of Roz Chast or Edward Gorey drawings - all the creatures look a bit frazzled, the humans or "responsible" parent figures in the book, less so. This is actually a beautifully illustrated children's book that readers of any age will enjoy. It's a wonderful edition - that even includes the CD with the book narrated by Helen Mirren. It is nice to read stories of a mythical simpler time - well, relaxing and dreamy - one can imagine life was picturesque and simple in a rural area, but life and survival was probably hard work for villagers, with no modern conveniences. We view that mythic era of fairy tales and fables as charming, the messages of these stories are easy to decipher and un-ironic (in general): The fox is the bad guy who bags all sorts of prey, including cats. The kindly owners of cats are the good people, who share food with "well-behaved" cats and worry about their cats being abducted for their fur. Concerns are straight-forward and un-complicated. In a way, the charm of fairy tales or children's stories such as this Beatrix Potter story, lies in their evocation of a supposedly simpler time, a mythic past, tales in which moral lessons are conveyed in a (usually) charming way. The truth of course is much less charming: How did Kitty-in-Boot's owner actually live, was she able to grow food on her own; if not, what was she trading for food? How did she happen to occupy the cottage in the country? The realities that would concern us today - housing, money, food - etc., are of course never explained, or usually never explained, in "once upon a time" land. There are just villagers living in cottages, and things then happen, many times once they venture into the woods, or go on some "adventure" - which turns into a misadventure. We also enjoy reading these stories as adults since they hearken back to our own childhood - since we're born into a living arrangement wherein things like money, housing, food, are already in place; only later do we begin to understand that things cost money and that dad or mom or both have to work to get money to provide shelter and food and clothing, etc. A fairy tale, where "real" "quotidian" concerns are absent, is similar to a child's world - before they have a grasp of what money means and so forth. The neighborhood is the village - kindly adults somehow have food, and care for kids and pets. Things are simpler when we're children, since the cares of survival are in the adult "domain." Perhaps things seem kindlier - before the demands of school, passing tests, and so forth set in, and way before the demands of real life are encountered as adults. It's not easy to think back to when we were kids - and lived in a world devoid of adult cares. As adults, we're consumed with worries: How are we going to make a living, where is the next dollar coming from, how are we going to pay the rent, or make the next car payment. The list of worries and calculations the average adult is consumed with is endless - and leaves little time for contemplation and whimsy, or mystery. And as children, we're so anxious to grow up and leave the world of childhood. Little do we know then that the seemingly endless years of adulthood are much less exciting, and consumed with concessions, negotiations with grubby reality. The "reward" for growing up: We're told we have to compete, and accumulate - some feel "success" means material rewards, like new electronic devices or cars, or ostentatious homes in acres of land. Of course a family, with the set of responsibilities and worries that entails. If, however, the adult as a child knew what was in store for them as an adult, that the "exciting" world of adult-hood really is for most a never-ending rat race, with ersatz rewards (other than family & friends, I think) I wonder how anxious the child would be to grow up and join the adult world. Beatrix Potter wrote wonderful children's stories that are a treat for kids and at least give the adults a brief glimpse back to the mythic, simpler world of childhood. Of course Beatrix Potter stories and (most) children's books, and fairy tales give adult readers a chance to re-live what they've lost: An Edenic past, childhood, a world that is free of worries and untruths.

  • Dianna
    2019-02-06 17:51

    Beatrix Potter wrote this story in 1914, but never illustrated or published it. I can see why. It lacks the charm and simplicity of her other stories. It's not terrible; it's just not up to the standard of her others.I think Quentin Blake did a fine job with the illustrations. I think getting someone very distinctive (and British!) was a good call. Better have something different than a Potter knock-off that would never be quite the same. All in all, I mostly just feel meh about this book, even though I am a huge fan of Beatrix Potter.

  • Jonathan
    2019-02-15 11:32

    A pleasant surprise came this year in the form of a new Beatrix Potter story. Kitty not only wears boots, but plus fours and a hunting jacket. A sly tale of deception, guns and cross-dressing, it also sees guest appearances from several well known Potter characters. Although Quentin Blake is not my favourite illustrator, he serves his author well, and provides a fine introduction. All in all this is a pleasing late addition, even if it dwarfs the other books on the shelf.

  • Kaethe
    2019-02-09 16:52

    The title kitty isn't the bland pet her woman thinks. This cat has worked out a scheme with a friend that allows her to get out whenever she likes, in order to get into trouble. Trouble being a gun and a rather smart tweed hunting suit.I was prepared to find the art jarring, because Blake isn't particularly similar to Potter, but it worked beautifully. Successful find on all counts. I wish there would be more.Library copy

  • Jasmine
    2019-02-16 18:54

    Poachers meet bad ends. Kitty has been poaching. WHAT WILL HAPPEN? (Don't worry, it's victorian but it's not THAT Victorian. Our main character doesn't die.)Extra points for excellent illustrations and a cameo by Miss Tiggy Winkle.

  • Jenny
    2019-01-22 14:46

    Fabulous illustrations and great short story. As simple and clever as all her others books. The larger format and different illustrative style does not deflect from the originals.

  • Elaine
    2019-01-17 12:32

    This book is sooo strange and not really "cute". The illustrations are good and reminiscent of Ms. Potter's.

  • Stina
    2019-02-13 17:50

    Book #59 for 2016I'm not sure where to start. Well, okay, let's start with this: I bought this book by mistake. I was looking for something that I "should have read in school" for a reading challenge, and I was running very short on time and decided hey, Montessori (which I attended when I was four) is a school, which totally made children's picture books fair game. I saw Beatrix Potter's name on the cover, and since I didn't think I'd ever actually read any Beatrix Potter, I thought I was saved. Yeah, not so much. You see, this book did not exist when I was a tyke. Potter wrote it in 1914, yes, but she never illustrated it and she tucked it away. As a writer, I can tell you that when a creative tucks something away unfinished and never revisits it, there is probably a good reason, and it should probably stay tucked away. But there is this current fad of rooting around in the slop buckets of dead and dying authors, pulling out gok what, and publishing it. In this case, they also hired an illustrator (Quentin Blake) whose work is so unlike Potter's that I have to think they did it on purpose, but I can't think why. It's ugly and sloppy and drab and unrefined. True, I'm not a particular fan of Beatrix Potter, but at least I look at her illustrations and have a vaguely positive and appreciative reaction. As for the story, well, I don't have any experience with Potter's oeuvre (except possibly for one time that I seem to recall my mom trying to read me something about clothed, talking rabbits stealing cabbages and I just couldn't wrap my brain around the concept of a cabbage, which I had apparently never encountered, so we didn't get very far, and googling it just now suggests that it was actually a Peter Cottontail story, which is a whole different thing, even if Peter Cottontail's real name was Peter Rabbit, and why in the holy heck did nobody sue anybody before this actually became a thing?), so I can't tell you how this compares to her other stories. But as an adult who has read enough early 20th-century English literature and history to be reasonably familiar with that way of life, I found this story strange and confusing, so I can't imagine any modern American child making any sense of it whatsoever. My guess is that this was a rough draft that Potter never felt compelled to work further on, but somebody decided to make a quick buck off of it.And they somehow roped Helen Mirren into this. The book comes with a CD of her narrating the story. I was sorely tempted to listen to it to see how many f-bombs she managed to drop (I adore Helen Mirren!!) but I also had the idea that, since the book was still in pristine condition after one reading, I might donate it to a holiday toy drive. But I couldn't bring myself to inflict this, even with the delightful prospect of Mirren teaching some little girl how to tell some presumptuous boy to fuck off, on some poor child who would be much happier (and rightfully so) with a video game. Hell, even a Hatchimal would be better entertainment.So, there it sits on a table in my living room. I have no idea what to do with it.

  • K. McDevitt
    2019-02-03 11:36

    This is the story of Miss Kitty AKA Miss Catherine St. Quintin AKA Q AKA Squintums. She fancies herself a great hunter (poacher) and devises a way to go out hunting in the middle of the night without her owner noticing: she gets another cat in the village to take her place in the house. But poaching is not as easy as it seems. She runs into evil ferrets who throw her into a bag. She gets caught in Mr. Tod's trap. And she can't seem to make her air gun work properly (shooting the washing more accurately than any mice, sheep, or crows she comes across). In the end, she learns her lesson but becomes an uptight, boring cat of high society. This long lost. unpublished story of Beatrix Potter's fits right in with the stories of hers in my childhood. No only were there moments that made me nervous (yet another Beatrix Potter character loses a tail!), but there were also great cameos from characters like Mr. Tod and (one of my faves) Mrs. Tiggy-winkle. It was a bit rough in places (such as the encounter with the rabbit), which might be why it was unpublished.While I like Quentin Beake's illustrations in the Dahl stories, they just don't suit Beatrix Potter's stories. I'm glad he had fun with them and that he was given the chance to illustrate this story, but many times, while listening to the story on audio, I just closed my eyes and imagined the characters in my own way, closer to Beatrix Potter's style. I loved the narration of the audobook here. It was proper and British and yet full of emotion and adventure in all the right places. It was worth it, as well, just to hear the great Helen Mirren say the name "Winkiepeeps" multiple times! Amusing indeed! Though certainly not my favorite Beatrix Potter story, I am glad this tale was uncovered and shared with us.

  • BeesReads
    2019-02-05 11:38

    The only reason I read this is because my mother gave it me as a present as a sort of joke.Obviously, I am not the intended audience being nearer 60 than 6!The story itself is what I call 'of its time'. Written in 1914 and reflecting aspects of rural society of that time. I wasn't comfortable with the cat hunting with a gun for one thing.Not even sure I would recommend this for children - was thinking of passing it on to my great-niece but not sure it would be acceptable in this modern era!

  • Meaghan Steeves
    2019-02-03 12:37

    I love Quentin Blake but I can't help but wish that Potter had completed illustrations for this story. There were cameos of characters from other stories which was exciting, but otherwise I found the story rather dull. I get why it was released but it wasn't very cohesive with her other stories I found. Potter's still my favourite though; she was and is an amazing force in children's literature and in the field of illustration in general.

  • Hannah
    2019-01-20 12:45

    Was a bit startled to see a Beatrix Potter character trotting about wielding a fire-arm! I don't remember the original stories being quite so dark so can't say it's up there with the classics for me. Blake's illustrations sit beautifully alongside Potter's stories though and I enjoyed the supporting-cast which featured some of my favourites from the original stories.Overall a nice addition for any Beatrix Potter fan but not overwhelming as a stand-alone book.

  • Riccardo Mainetti
    2019-02-15 14:37

    Questo racconto di Beatrix Potter, rimasto per lungo tempo inedito, racconta le avventure da cacciatrice di frodo, avventure alquanto movimentate, della Signorina Catherine St. Quintin, altrimenti nota come "Q", "Furbetta" o, come la chiama semplicemente la padrona, "Gatta".Dei suoi sotterfugi per potersene andare a caccia la notte e di quando da cacciatrice rischia di diventare preda. Ed infine del suo rinsavire

  • Ruth Ann
    2019-01-19 14:34

    Miss Kitty leads an adventurous double life and, in fact, has a double - a stand-in who comes at night to keep her place, a look-a-like so she can go off hunting. Miss Kitty likes to dress up in a hunting outfit and it is this outfit that gets her into a lot of trouble that she cannot get herself out of without the help of one of her friends, who has also gotten into trouble!Delightful.

  • Rae
    2019-02-12 10:44

    The story of a naughty black kitty who gets in a bit of trouble due to his deception.Although this new tale by Potter is a bit confusing at times because she hadn't quite finished it, the illustrations by Blake are spot on. It was published to honor the 150th anniversary of her birth. I enjoyed it immensely.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-06 14:36

    Miss Catherine St. Quintin is not the serious, well behaved young black cat her mistress thought her to be. This story is charmingly funny with a bit of a serious tone when Kitty is caught in Mr. Fox's trap. The illustrations are imaginative fit the story wonderfully.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-05 17:35

    I think there's a reason Beatrix Potter didn't publish this. It seems more like a draft than a finished product. I can't imagine her being satisfied with this in comparison to her other books. The illustrations can't come close to her beautiful water colours. Very disappointing.

  • Alex S. Bradshaw
    2019-02-10 11:56

    I wasn't sure about this one - it has all the trademark trappings of a tale by Beatrix Potter but I also felt that it could have had a little more bite to it to give it a bit more of a moral or something like that. I wonder if that's because it was unedited and published how they found it

  • Jeannette
    2019-01-18 13:41

    I loved this little book.

  • Rae Weniger
    2019-01-26 12:49

    Although I’m a fan of Quentin Blake, I thought a more Potter-like illustrator would have been a better choice. B.P. knows her cats!

  • Karen
    2019-02-08 12:58

    Cute little B. Potter novel. Very Short, Very Sweet.