Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Review: "The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Emma Thompson

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson
Published: March 7, 2013
ISBN-10: 0723276331
Genre: Children's Literature
Source: Library
Highly Recommended

Summary (from
Celebrate 110 years of Peter Rabbit with a new, original tale written by Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson and based on the original tales by Beatrix Potter. In this story, Peter's adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr. McGregor's garden and all the way to Scotland! With 72 pages of beautiful text and illustrations, this hardcover picture book, which includes an audio CD of the story narrated by the author, is sure to become a classic — and a collector's item!

My Thoughts:
I have two confessions about this book.  First of all, I decided to read it to my kids based solely on the fact that Emma Thompson wrote it.  I adore Emma Thompson and I've always felt that she had a good way of relating to children.

Secondly, and this may be a bit blasphemous, but I enjoyed this book far more than any book written by Beatrix Potter.  I remember not especially liking the original books as a child and was rather aghast to discover how harsh they could be when I re-read them to my own children.  Thompson's book, however, is far different.

For one thing, Emma Thompson has written a story a child would enjoy, not a moral lesson.  And Thompson fully develops this story, unlike the original Potter stories.  I found it great fun to read with my kids as the story is so well paced.  And it gave me a chance to practice my (hideous) Scottish accent.

This is a book I would recommend to any parent looking for something fun to read to their child.  And, to the parents of my childrens' friends....your kid will probably get this from us on their next birthday!

I was not solicited for this review and all opinions are mine, and mine alone.

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Emma Thompson and Eleanor Taylor


  1. I've been struck many times by how harsh many classic children's books can be! Never noticed it as a kid but as an adult reading... wow. This sounds delightful, thanks for reviewing it!

  2. We have read the original stories but would love to see this one based on your review. Thanks for sharing!

  3. B. Potter's books were some of my favorites growing up so I will have to check this out!

  4. Love Emma Thompson, might have to check this out!