Peter Rabbit may be a fictional character but Beatrix Potter did a wonderful job in bringing him to life. His first appearance back in 1902 was immensely successful and propelled him to stardom. If only we could have a chat with Mr Rabbit, to discuss his fame and back story. Although that’s not possible we can certainly imagine how an interview with Peter Rabbit might work out, and we think it might go a little something like this.
Peter Rabbit strolls into the room looking as bright as the shiny gold buttons on his trademark blue coat. He’s been busy recently, embarking on more crazy adventures, but has agreed to give us a little bit of his precious time so we can ask him a few questions.
How Many Books Have You Appeared In?
I appeared in my first book back in 1902, it was named after me, which was a lovely compliment! The Tale of Peter Rabbit proved to be a hit and my creator, Beatrix Potter went on to pen a further five books featuring me, they were published between 1904 and 1912.
What Type of Merchandising Have You Appeared On?
Well there’s obviously the books, but there have been plenty of other things too over the years. There are numerous Beatrix Potter collectables including figurines and products such as cups, plates, cutlery, umbrellas, bags and toiletries.
Can You Tell Us About Your Family?
My dad sadly passed away a long time ago, so I live with my mum, Mrs Josephine Rabbit, and my sisters Mopsy, Flopsy (they are twins) and my baby sister Cotton Tail. Living in an all-girl household can be tough! I also have an uncle, Mr Bouncer Bunny and his son (my cousin) Benjamin Bunny. Ben and I are great pals.
What’s Your House Like?
We live in a pleasant rabbit hole that’s been modernised over the years. We’ve added a fully working kitchen (my mum spends a lot of time in there)! We have invested in good quality furniture, and enjoy our creature comforts. Our home is a little unusual as it has a shop too, my mum sells goodies to the animals who live nearby.
What Do You Make of Your Success?
It’s been exceptionally exciting, in June 1903 publishers Frederick Warne & Co printed 28000 copies of the Tale of Peter Rabbit. Since then millions of copies of the book have been sold all over the world. The series has sold really well too, I believe over 150 million copies have been sold. The books have actually been published in 35 different languages.
Over 150 million copies have been sold. The books have actually been published in 35 different languages.
Did You Ever Feel Guilty About Sneaking into Mr McGregor’s Garden?
Oh, I feel a little embarrassed by that question! I’ve grown up a little since then, but yes, Benjamin Bunny and I were a little bit cheeky I suppose. I never really wanted to upset Mr McGregor, but the vegetables in his garden were always so tasty that we couldn’t help ourselves! We know it was a little bit naughty!
What Is Your Favourite Hobby?
I still enjoy exploring, I’m not one for sitting still that’s for sure! I used to get into scrapes but I’m a little bit more careful now. Cotton Tail looks up to me and I’m trying to set a good example (although it’s sometimes hard)! She used to sneak along with us when Benjamin and I went off on one of our escapades. Those who know me well also know that I have a passion for food. I love my snacks, they give me the energy I need to be so buoyant and have fun.
What Would You Say to Beatrix Potter if You Had the Chance?
I would like to thank her for introducing me to the world, she was a true pioneer when it came to writing, and she loved nature and the countryside so much. I’m glad she decided our home would be the Lake District. Cumbria is such a lovely place, it’s peaceful and so very green.
Beatrix was very fond of her sheep and she did such a good job caring for them, in fact I think she was kind to every animal she ever met. She made me the star I am today, and for that I will always be grateful.
A Final Word for Your Fans?
I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone for taking an interest in me and all of my friends – it’s been a pleasure entertaining you.