Author(s): Esther Averill
In Greenwich Village an orphaned black cat- the beguiling Jenny Linsky- lives happily with Captain Tinker, a retired sea-captain. Jenny longs to join the local Cat Club, whose members include Madame Butterfly, the fancy dancer Macaroni, and stately, plump Mr. President. But can she prove that she, too, has a special gift? With her first appearance in the US in 1944, Jenny Linsky quickly became a firm favourite for young readers. Many more books detailing Jenny Linsky's adventures followed. Most have been out of print for years, and second hand editions are hugely popular with Linsky's fans, young and old. Now published in a handsome hardback edition, with original illustrations, Jenny and the Cat Club includes Esther Averill's five favourite Cat Club stories: The Cat Club, Jeremy's First Party (1948), When Jenny Lost Her Scarf (1951), Jenny's Adopted Brothers (1952) and How the Brothers Joined the Cat Club (1953)- and an author's note which reveals that Jenny was indeed a very real cat.
"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"
Esther Averill (1902-1992) wrote twelve Cat Club titles, including The Fire Cat, which continues to sell over 20,000 copies a year in the US.