Another book in the Peter Rabbit series has been written by the Academy Award winning actress and screenwriter, Emma Thompson. “The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit” was inspired by the original tales written more than 100 years ago by Beatrix Potter. Thompson is going to publish at least two more children’s books about rabbits. Details were revealed online today by thebookseller.com:
The second title will be set in the Lake District and will follow Peter’s “comical little cousin” Benjamin Bunny plus a new character called William. It is lined up for Christmas 2013. The third title will be published in 2014.
Thompson said: “I’m very proud that Mr Rabbit has requested a further outing. I shall be more than happy to include his cousin Benjamin whom I’ve always found peculiarly attractive.”
Francesca Dow, Penguin Children’s m.d., said, “The recent launch of the 24th tale The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit has been amazingly well-received all over the world and I can’t tell you how excited we are that Emma is writing two more tales. Emma’s writing is completely fresh and original and yet she also captures perfectly the spirit of Potter’s own unique style . . .
“What with Peter celebrating his 110th birthday this year, the forthcoming launch of the new Peter Rabbit animation series and now two new tales from Emma it’s certainly an exciting time for everybody’s favourite rabbit.”
Thompson’s The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit was published yesterday (6th September). It is the first time that Frederick Warne has published an additional title to Beatrix Potter’s original series.
This new Peter Rabbit story takes our long-eared hero way beyond Mr. McGregor’s garden and even as far as Scotland, The newly released hardcover edition features 72 pages of text and illustrations as well as an audio recording of the book on CD, narrated by Emma Thompson.
Ms. Thompson, who won an Oscar in 1992 for her performance in Howard’s End, also garnered an Academy Award for her screenplay adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.