BOOK: The further tale of Peter Rabbit

By admin
31 October 2012

Emma Thompson's sequel – the first by an author other than Potter – has all the charm and whimsy of the original.

Rated: 4/5

By Emma Thompson, Frederick Warne

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In summer 2010 actress Emma Thompson received a parcel. Inside were some half-eaten radish tops and a letter asking her to write a new Peter Rabbit adventure to coincide with the 110th anniversary of the much-loved Beatrix Potter series.

It was a tall order but you can understand why children’s publisher Frederick Warne thought Thompson was the perfect person for the job. Her sequel – the first by an author other than Potter – has all the charm and whimsy of the original. Once again Peter Rabbit can’t resist squeezing under the gate into Mr McGregor’s garden. And he lands himself in a lot of trouble when he hops into a picnic basket, devours the delicious cheese-and-pickle sandwiches he finds inside and falls fast asleep.

Thompson’s good humour and love of language shine through on every page, making this a delightful read for children and nostalgic adults alike.

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