Jenny and the Cat Club
Written and illustrated by Esther Averill
This chapter book contains 5 stories about our favorite orphaned black cat, Jenny Linsky, who lives happily in Greenwich Village with her master, a sea captain. Still, the gentle Jenny Linsky would like nothing more than to join the local Cat Club, whose members include Madame Butterfly, an elegant Persian, the high-stepping Macaroni, and stately, plump Mr. President. Join Jenny and her friends, including fearless Pickles the Fire Cat, on their spirited downtown adventures and discover why The Atlantic Monthly called Jenny ”a personality ranking not far below such giants as Peter Rabbit.”
Hardcover, 176 pages
Esther Averill’s collection of Jenny Linsky books deserves special mention.... Told in clear, simple language that will appeal to younger children, all of these stories are delightful and festooned with simple illustrations every few pages that enhance, but never dominate, the melodious text.
—The San Francisco Chronicle
Averill colors her stories with abundant flights of clever fancy... But the nonchalance with which she delivers these makes them as real as her grounding details...Children will find Jenny’s lessons about emotions and behavior helpful and reassuring.
—Christina Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly
The grace and charm of these little books are not only for children. In wording, illustration, and design they offer to people of all ages a short interview of pure delight.
—The Saturday Review
There is a realness about Jenny, as well as a demure charm, that gives these annals of her doings a distinction lacking in many a more pretentious effort.
—The New Yorker
In Jenny readers meet the perfect friend—an honest, fun-loving, and loyal playfellow and comrade-in-arms. How good to have Jenny back in print.
—Leonard S. Marcus, author of Storied City: A Children’s Book Walking Tour Guide to New York City