HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky
Author and Illustrator: Esther Holden Averill
Publisher: NYR Children’s Collection, republished in 2003
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Averill. Esther Holden. Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky (originally published in 1944 by Harper and Row). Jenny Linsky is a small black orphan cat who lives with Captain Tinker in his Greenwich Village, New York City, brick house. The Captain knits her a bright red scarf that she loves to wear. A group of some twelve other neighborhood cats have a Cat Club in the Captain’s garden, and they want Jenny to join. However, all the other cats are clever and can do lots of things. Concertina sings, Macaroni is an acrobat, and Solomon can read. Poor Jenny can’t do anything. So she runs away and hides. What will she do when winter comes? And will she ever feel that she can join the Cat Club?
Esther Averill (1902–1992) was an American author and illustrator best known for The Cat Club Series about Jenny and her friends. Originally entitled simply The Cat Club, this book contains five delightful Jenny Linsky stories. Averill went on to write twelve more books featuring Jenny Linsky: The School For Cats, 1947; Jenny’s First Party, 1948; Jenny’s Moonlight Adventure, 1949; When Jenny Lost Her Scarf, 1951; Jenny’s Adopted Brothers, 1952; How the Brothers Joined the Cat Club, 1953; Jenny’s Birthday Book, 1954; Jenny Goes to Sea, 1957; Jenny’s Bedside Book, 1959; The Fire Cat, 1960; The Hotel Cat, 1969; and Captains of the City Streets, 1972. We enjoyed Jenny and the Cat Club.