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Win a copy of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots

Have you heard about The Tale of Kitty-In-Boot?

When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots, she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all – Mr. Tod!

The Tale of Kitty-In-Boot, a manuscript by Beatrix Potter, was rediscovered two years ago when Jo Hanks, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, stumbled across an out-of-print literary history about Beatrix Potter from the early 1970s. Hanks found in the book both a reference to a letter that Potter had sent her publisher in 1914, which referred to a story about ‘a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life’, and an unedited manuscript of the tale.

A trip to the V&A archive, where many of Potter’s items are kept, revealed three manuscripts, handwritten in children’s school notebooks, one rough colour sketch of Kitty-in-Boots, a dummy book with some of the typeset manuscript laid out and a pencil rough of arch-villain Mr. Tod. Other letters in the archive revealed that Potter intended to finish the tale, but ‘interruptions began’ – and continued: from the beginning of the First World War, to marriage, to sheep farming, to colds. And so she never went back to the story.

The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots

The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots by Beatrix Potter, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was published by Frederick Warne & Co., last month. I am delighted to have one copy of this gorgeous book to giveaway today.

Win a copy of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boot

To be in with a chance of winning this lovely edition of a new classic simply answer the question and leave a comment on this post via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends on 10th October and the winner’s name will appear on this post. Good luck! Find more competitions at the Prize Finder.

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Win copies of Draw Your Way to a Younger Brain

We love adult colouring books so I was excited to hear about three new books and a new art therapy series from Anastasia Catris, the creator of #ColourMeMindful.

Draw Your Way to a Younger Brain by Anastasia Catris

 

Misplacing your wallet, forgetting where you parked your car, or getting your friend’s birthday wrong: these are just some of the many common memory slips we all experience from time to time. And such cognitive lapses don’t just plague the elderly: the most common worry of people over 40 is memory loss.

Helping to enhance your brain’s cognitive function through art therapy techniques, these 3 books contain 30 intricate line drawings of animals, with space on the opposite page for you to copy the illustration and some helpful hints to start you off. There is also the opportunity to colour in and to create some of your own illustrations as you progress. Gradually becoming more challenging, every page will help to stimulate parts of the brain that are vital for memory retention. With these books you will draw your way to a younger brain.

There are plenty of pictures to colour but there are also spaces to try something new, from adding spots to a Dalmatian, to giving a bald dog a new hair-do. Three books, CATS & BIG CATS, DOGS & WOLVES and SAFARI, are published by Orion, priced at £4.99 each.

Win 1 of 3 Draw Your Way to a Younger Brain books

I have teamed up with Orion to giveaway copies of Draw Your Way to a Younger Brain. There will be 3 winners who will each receive one of the books (sent at random). For your chance to win simply answer the question and leave a comment on this post via the Rafflecopter widget. Find more competitions at ThePrizeFinder

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Win a copy of Dinosaur Roar!

The timeless best-selling picture book is now available in brand new paperback and board book editions and endorsed by the world famous Natural History Museum.

Originally published in 1994, Dinosaur Roar! is now seen as modern classic and is a perfect introduction to dinosaurs for all pre-school children with it’s cheerful rhyming texts and charming artwork.

Dinosaur Roar!

The beautifully original artwork has been digitally scanned, retaining all their charm and vibrancy. The brand new paperback edition will also include a fantastic pull out poster of all the featured dinosaurs, perfect for children, parents and teachers to enjoy.

Dinosaur Roar!

Win a copy of Dinosaur Roar!

Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland and Henrietta Stickland was published in May priced £6.99. A unique sound book will be available in October 2016 and there are also plans to bring out clothing, toys and games! More competitions at ThePrizeFinder.

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