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Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig

Deborah Hopkinson, Charlotte Voake (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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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

Praise For Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig

“The use of invented dialogue makes this problematic as straight biography, but it is nevertheless a charming, delightful homage.” —Kirkus Reviews starred review

Schwartz & Wade, 9780385373258, 44pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

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
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.