Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of the Guinea Pig by Deborah Hopkinson

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A delightful, illustrated new story featuring none other than Beatrix Potter herself. Based on the well-loved author’s own diary entries Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of the Guinea Pig is a hilarious story about Beatrix and her neighbour’s guinea pig.

Beatrix does so love to draw and paint animals and as she doesn’t have a guinea pig of her own borrows her neighbours. She promises that no harm will come to it and as this is Miss Potter, what possibly could go wrong? A wonderful, beautifully illustrated story that will be loved by Potter fans young and old.


Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of the Guinea Pig by Deborah Hopkinson

A brand new picture book from the award-winning and well-loved Charlotte Voake and Deborah Hopkinson about the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Young Beatrix Potter loves to draw animals. She has many pets whom she likes to paint - a frog, a salamander, a canary and even a hedgehog. But she doesn't have a guinea pig so she borrows her neighbour's, promising that no harm will come to the cuddly creature. After all, what could possibly go wrong...? This hilarious and charming new book is based on Beatrix Potter's own diary entries, and is perfect for Potter fans young and old.

About the Author

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of more than 40 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction. In her presentations at schools and conferences, she helps bring history and research alive. She also is frequent instructor at writing workshops for adults. Her work is especially well-suited for STEM and CCSS connections.

Her nonfiction includes Courage & Defiance, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs and Survivors in WWII Denmark, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a Robert F. Sibert Award honor book and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor book, and Shutting out the Sky, Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924, an NCTE Orbis Pictus award honor book and Jane Addams Award honor book.

Deborah’s award-winning picture books include Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building, an ALA Notable and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book and Apples to Oregon won the Golden Kite Award and Spur Storytelling Award. A four-time Oregon Book Award finalist, Deborah won in 2009 for Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole. Her most recent historical fiction title, The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel was an Oregon Book Award finalist which won the OCTE Oregon Spirit Award.

A former professional in fundraising for colleges and universities, Deborah received a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She lives near Portland, Oregon.

Charlotte Voake (Illustrator) Charlotte Voake was born in Wales and studied at the University of London. Her first illustrations were published while she was studying there in 1978. She won the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Smarties Book Award twice. She has been shortlisted for both the Kurt Maschler Emil Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

7th July 2016




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