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Soon You Can Read Beatrix Potter’s Lost Story About A Black Cat

The previously unpublished story also features an older Peter Rabbit.

27/01/2016 5:16 AM AEDT | Updated 27/01/2016 5:16 AM AEDT
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This feline is hoping there'll be a live-action movie version.

If Peter Rabbit was one of your favorite childhood characters, we’ve got some great news for you (or your kids).

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, a previously unpublished story by The Tale of Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, is set to be published in September, the Guardian reports.

Publisher Jo Hanks discovered the lost work in 2013, after spotting a letter from 1914 in which Potter described the narrative about “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life.” (Don’t all cats, though?) It turned out that three manuscripts were hidden in the archive of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Only one illustration by Potter appears to exist. Other letters indicate that she meant to finish the work, but was distracted various life events, according to the BBC. 

The version to be published in September will include illustrations by Quentin Blake, known for his work illustrating the books of Roald Dahl.

What really sells this one is the promise of a tubby Peter Rabbit.

”It has double identities, colorful villains and a number of favorite characters from other tales -- most excitingly, Peter Rabbit makes an appearance, albeit older, slower and portlier,” Hanks told The Bookseller.

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