This collection celebrates companionship between creatures of all shapes and sizes—especially feline friends. A cat and a talking doll decide to throw a party in Victoria Chess and Edward Gorey’s zany and tender Fletcher and Zenobia, while Esther Averill’s Jenny and the Cat Club introduces us to the famous black cat heroine Jenny Linsky and her whole crew. In The School for Cats, we find Jenny bravely making an unlikely friend in a boarding school bully named Pickles.
With lovely pen-and-ink drawings by William Pène du Bois, Rumer Godden’s The Mousewife tells the tale of a very different set of animal friends: a sheltered mouse whose life changes forever when she meets a caged turtledove who teaches her about the wonders of the outside world. And in Ellen Blance and Ann Cook’s Meet Monster, illustrated by the inimitable Quentin Blake, a lovable purple monster goes on city adventures with his best friend, a little boy.
For ages 3–7.