Jenny’s Birthday Book

Esther Averill

New York Review Children's Collection, NY Review ofBooks

“This is the day, the day of days, the birthday of the little shy black cat named Jenny Linksy”


Jenny’s big day has come and all the cats in the cat club are ready to celebrate. Pickles the Fire Cat picks up everyone in his fire truck, not forgetting Jenny’s old friend Florio who wears an Indian feather in honour of the birthday cat. After a feast in the park Jenny is granted the birthday cat wish, to do whatever she likes best, “I’d love to dance” Jenny answers shyly so they all dance the sailor’s hornpipe in the moonlit park.

Esther Averill’s striking illustrations of Jenny and her friends in their New York City landscape makes for a stunning book loved by children and adults alike…It’s a firm personal favourite as it was bought for me as my birthday book!

Jenny Linksy is a shy black cat who lives in Greenwich Village with Captain Tinker. This book is one of a series of tales about her adventures and is beautifully written and illustrated by Esther Averill. First published in the 1950s these lovely stories still feel contemporary for today’s audience.

This is one of The New York Review Children’s Collection books, created in 2003 to re-introduce classic children’s titles to a new audience.


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