Jenny and the Cat Club books have been providing some great pre-bedtime reading. Even if you're not familiar with the frisky black feline Jenny Linsky, who lives in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, you may have heard of Averill's easy reader, The Fire Cat, which features Jenny's friend, Pickles.
There are a number of Jenny Linsky books which have been re-released in beautiful hard-cover editions by the New York Review of Books. We haven't read them all yet but they feature a friendly gang of cats who roam around their city neighborhood. In some ways I imagine the cats are substitutes for children. What I mean is that these could easily be stories about children having secret adventures around the city out of the way of their parents' watchful eyes. Like gaggles of socializing children, the cats all have distinctive personalities which play out during the stories. Jenny is the shy one, Madam Butterfly is the beautiful artistic Persian who plays the nose flute. Of course there is also the leader, Mr. President, the wise old Solomon and there are the the playful twins, Romulus and Remus, among many others.
It makes me wonder what our cat would get up to, were he to go outside.... or does he?
Great review in The Guardian.
Photo and Bio of Esther Averill.
Look at some of the full color illustrations for Jenny's Birthday Book at google books.
Big Kid says: I liked when Jenny climbed the wisteria.