Scandal. Predictable outbursts have greeted news that some of Beatrix Potter’s characters, including Peter Rabbit, are being redrawn by Penguin division Frederick Warne’s in-house team.
‘Is nothing sacred?’ cries The Daily Telegraph. ‘It was bad enough when Disney transformed Winnie the Pooh,’ adds Country Life. What these bastions of forward-thinking fail to realise is that, ‘as Potter did in her own lifetime, we need to innovate’ and ‘be mindful of trends in the contemporary marketplace’, says a Frederick Warne spokeswoman.
Oh, and old Mr Rabbit ‘does not reproduce well on fabric or plastic, nor work with contemporary design’. Hmmm.