Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky

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In Greenwich Village an orphaned black cat lives happily 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. But can she overcome her fears and prove that she, too, has a special gift? Join Jenny and her friends, including fearless Pickles the Fire Cat, on their spirited downtown adventures and discover why The Atlantic ...

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Overview

In Greenwich Village an orphaned black cat lives happily 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. But can she overcome her fears and prove that she, too, has a special gift? 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."

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, THIS COLLECTION INCLUDES ESTHER AVERILL'S FIVE FAVORITE CAT CLUB STORIES

Jenny Linsky, a black cat who lives with Captain Tinker in New York City, has adventures with the neighborhood cats who belong to the Cat Club.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

Publishers Weekly
Compiling five favorite tales from Esther Averill's Cat Club series, first published between 1944 and 1953, Jenny and the Cat Club chronicles the feline heroine, Jenny Linsky, as she romps around Greenwich Village with her troupe of felicitous furry friends. Averill's illustrations should be as endearing to new readers as to those who enjoyed them during their first release. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590170472
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 6/5/2003
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 144,899
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Esther Averill (1902-1992) began her career as a storyteller drawing cartoons for her local newspaper. After graduating from Vassar College in 1923, she moved first to New York City and then to Paris, where she founded her own publishing company. The Domino Press introduced American readers to artists from all over the world, including Feodor Rojankovsky, who later won a Caldecott Award. In 1941, Esther Averill returned to the United States and found a job in the New York Public Library while continuing her work as a publisher. She wrote her first book about the red-scarfed, mild-mannered cat Jenny Linsky in 1944, modeling its heroine on her own shy cat. Esther Averill would eventually write twelve more tales about Miss Linsky and her friends (including the I Can Read Book, The Fire Cat), each of which was eagerly awaited by children all over the United States (and their parents, too).

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Wonderful for all ages, a must have for your collection!

    I've been wanting this book for over 20 years now.Checked it out from the library as a kid, and it was actually out of print for many years.Tried every bookstore, rare bookstores, and no one had this book so I gave up and stopped looking. Don't know when they started printing it again, but I'm so glad they did! And I'm glad I was able to get a brand new hardcover copy for under $20! This book is a must have.If you're a cat lover like me,and you've always wondered where cats go and what do they do when they go outside,this book is basically what you like to imagine goes on!The simple illustrations are genius, and it's a great book for little kids, or older kids ready to read their first 'chapter book'. You will enjoy reading it to or with them, or to yourself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I read this book (over and over again) when I was a little girl. I felt like I was watching the events in front of me taking place, not just reading the book.

    When my 10 year old daughter was looking for new books to read, I bought her this book and she fell in love with it instantly. She now recommends this book to her friends in class.

    It's so easy to feel like you are a part of the characters, it's a wonderful escape.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    My daughter loves these stories. She is a cat lover, and we picked this book up just by luck. She is so excited by the tales that she feels the need to act them out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    My Sentimental Favorite

    I was very excited to see Jenny come back! I have a copy of this book from when I was young (in the 70's). I think I got it from the weekly reader, and it is now falling apart. This adorable group of stories about Jenny and the cat club is a must for all those little cat lovers out there. I am buying a copy for my daughter who loves all things CAT! She will really enjoy the cute stories and pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    My all time favorite!

    I must have read Jenny and the Cat Club a hundred times when I was little. This book brings back so many memories for me. It's a real timeless classic.

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