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Algonquin Cat (edition 1995)

by Val Schaffner

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Title:Algonquin Cat
Authors:Val Schaffner
Info:Random House Value Publishing (1995), Hardcover
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Tags:cats, anthropomorphism, fiction

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Algonquin Cat by Val Schaffner

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One of my favorite children's books of all time - I even named my cats after this book!

I love the internal life of Hamlet and the other cats, the way they can communicate through dreams, even to cats in other times and places - and the illustrations of the dreamscapes (and real places) are gorgeous. And the visualizations of the human characters as cats (or dogs). I especially liked the way Hamlet disguises his helpfulness so the people won't figure out how smart he is and put him to work.

It is, of course, a book for an older child, perhaps 9-10. As a book set in a New York hotel, it might appeal to kids who liked Eloise when they were younger.
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Hamlet is an uncommonly intelligent cat who lives at the Hotel Algonquin, congenial New York haunt of literary and theatrical personages from all over the world. He can be found meditating under a chair when authors meet in the oak-panelled lounge for interviews. More often, in the mood for a snack, he wanders off to the pantry, disappearing through a cat-sized square in a door by the lobby that is marked with a sign, "Rusty, " for the tortoiseshell tom who lived at the Algonquin at the time of the legendary Round Table. - summary from Alibris
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Algonquin is a hotel cat who has a way of setting right things that have gone wrong for the guests.

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