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If there’s one thing the internet has been good for, it’s cats—and now even classic children’s writers are getting in on the action.

A new story by Beatrix Potter was recently unearthed when publisher Jo Hanks found an unedited manuscript, written more than 100 years ago and 70 since the author died. Alongside it was a color illustration of the feline heroine wearing a tweed jacket, shirt and tie, and carrying a rifle over her shoulder.

“Kitty-in-Boots,” described as “a well-behaved prime black kitty cat, who leads rather a double life,” joins beloved Potter characters like Peter Rabbit and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

The book has just been published with illustrations by Quentin Blake, an artist famous for his work with Roald Dahl. Nowadays, however, a book is not complete if it’s not available in audio form, and the publishers have chosen the perfect voice to tell the tale: Dame Helen Mirren.

Here’s an extract:

And then a longer audio clip:

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots is published by Potter’s original publisher, Frederick Warne & Co, to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the author.

Do you feel like bedtime yet?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.