Monday, February 8, 2016

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig

by Deborah Hopkinson 
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake

This week's pick is from cottager Jamie Michalak

What it's all about . . .
Young Beatrix Potter borrows her neighbor's guinea pig to draw a portrait of it, and well . . . things don't end so well.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf…

Written as a picture letter to the reader, Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig is a charming story told with tongue-in-cheek humor. It's deliciously illustrated in pen and watercolor by Charlotte Voake. 

Our favorite lines…

Dear Reader, 
You can guess what happened next. That repast of paper, paste, and string took its toll. 

Our favorite illustration…

From BEATRIX POTTER & THE UNFORTUNATE TALE OF A BORROWED GUINEA PIG by Deborah Hopkinson. Illustration copyright 2016 by Charlotte Voake.

Why kids will love it…
As a child, Beatrix had the whole third floor of her house for her playroom, science laboratory, art studio, and menagerie of animals. Who cool is that? And Beatrix's passion for her art might inspire young readers to create their own.

Why grown-ups will love it…
Because it offers an amusing introduction to one of history's most beloved children's book creators -- and delivers a fine lesson on why one shouldn't borrow a neighbor's pet.

Did you know . . .
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth!


  1. What a great line, "That repast of paper, paste, and string took its toll." :)

  2. Hee hee. At least he went out in style.

  3. Actually, he was a she: a guinea pig named Queen Elizabeth!

    Thank you.

    Deborah Hopkinson

    1. Yes! Sorry, Deborah. Thanks for writing a delightful book!

  4. Whaaaaat? I HAVE TO read this!!! Thanks, all.