Birth date: July 24, 1902
Died: May 12, 1992
Esther Averill's Books
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Jenny, the brave little black cat in the red scarf, finds the courage she needs to help a friend. It'd be unbearable if it weren't so cute and earnest. Edited to add: And there's a nose flute which is crazy. Library copy
Cats going to Boarding School? Oh, my, yes, please! I can only imagine I'm as fond of these books as I am for nostalgia's sake. Because the art is only adequate: some pictures are adorable, but others seem just poorly executed. And the stories themselves are practically cliches of 40s children's l...
Did you know there was once a Boarding School for Cats? If you were a cat, would you want to go there?Some who went there were like Pickles, sent by his master to learn manners. Pickles who thrived at the boarding school by running over innocent cats with his hook-and-ladder truck. Others were sent...
I received a copy from a friend to whom I'd mentioned that I adored Esther Averill's cat books as a child. Next year maybe I can score a copy of Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky. Averill's early reader tells the story of Pickles, an aggressive, maculate yel...
Now that I think about it, perhaps it's the combination of new York realism with the touches of the absurd, like Pickles in his own little hook and ladder. Or cats dancing the sailor's hornpipe. It works.