Published in time for the 150th anniversary of her birth, this story stars a young Beatrix Potter, creator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and many other classic children’s books.
Master of the historical fiction picture book, Hopkinson takes readers back to Victorian England and the home of budding young artist and animal lover Beatrix Potter. When Beatrix brings home her neighbor’s pet guinea pig so that she can practice painting it, well . . . it dies! Now what?
Written in the form of a “picture letter,” this charming, hilarious, and mostly true tale is a wonderful introduction to a beloved author/illustrator.
An author's note includes photographs and more information about Beatrix Potter's life and work.
"A charming, delightful homage." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
About the Author
Deborah Hopkinson is the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, including Annie and Helen; A Boy Called Dickens; Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book; and Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book. She lives in Oregon with her family. Visit her at deborahhopkinson.com.
Charlotte Voake has written and illustrated numerous picture books, among them Ginger and its prequel, Ginger Finds a Home. Her other titles include Tweedle Dee Dee and Hello Twins, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. She lives and works in the UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Synopsis- Beatrix Potter loved animals, she had many pets over the years, and she loved to train them to walk on leashes (especially her rabbits!) and she loved to paint and sketch them even more! One day, Beatrix wanted to paint a guinea pig, which she did not have, so she went next door to her neighbor (who had lots) to borrow one. She chooses Queen Elizabeth, descended from guinea pig royalty. While painting Queen Elizabeth, Beatrix was called to eat at a fancy dinner party with the family’s guests, and she left Queen Elizabeth upstairs. That morning after the dinner, Beatrix had found that Queen Elizabeth had passed away after eating string, multiple papers and paste… What I Thought- I liked this book a lot (even though the book involves the death of a guinea pig). It was cool that it is based on a true story, with some artistic licensing, making it a historical fiction story. Ms. Hopkinson’s writing style still has a positive tone to it even describing this unfortunate event. Ms. Voake’s watercolor illustrations give the book a classic feel to it, and make it seem like you travel back in time and are right in line with what a Beatrix Potter book would look like. Ms. Hopkinson includes an author’s note explaining where she took artistic licensing, and a little bit about Beatrix Potter. I really enjoyed the inclusion of the Beatrix Potter’s journal entries in the book. It was good to learn where Beatrix Potter found her inspiration. She had a large assortment of pets as a young girl and they were her muse. Overall, a very interesting story giving an insight into the life of one of the world’s most popular authors. *NOTE* I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book