The new children’s book, “Matilda, The Algonquin Cat“, is the real-life story of the feline-in-residence at New York City’s legendary hotel, as told by Matilda herself.
In 1932, when a stray cat wandered into the lobby of The Algonquin Hotel, kindhearted hotelier Frank Case provided him a permanent home in the hotel and the legend of The Algonquin Cat was born! “Matilda, The Algonquin Cat” illuminates the daily routine of Manhattan’s most celebrated feline while paying homage to The Algonquin’s long held tradition of hosting authors, journalists, and actors-most notably the “Algonquin Round Table.”
Boston journalist Leslie Martini partnered with New York illustrator Massimo Mongiardo to capture the comical day-to-day antics of the famous cat in lyrical text and traditional pen and ink drawings. Literary history mixes with a grumpy feline attitude to honor some of the hotel’s most famous patrons including Al Hirschfeld and John Barrymore, while showcasing the birthplace of The New Yorker—which is given to every guest who stays at The Algonquin.
New York Times bestselling author Mary Jane Clark praised, “‘Matilda’ is a perfect gift for the child you love. A very inquisitive and extremely lucky cat finds a home at a legendary New York City hotel and the guests and staff are charmed. You will be too!” Marci Johnson, creator of “Glamour Girls Guide” and the forthcoming “Martini Diaries,” reviews, “My ten-year-old son is a voracious reader and he gives ‘Matilda the Algonquin Cat’ two thumbs up! Once he opened the book, he didn’t stop until the last page was turned. This story delighted our entire family. As a mother and a writer who has been a longtime fan of the literary history of the Algonquin, I was thrilled to introduce this magical story to my children. Matilda is destined to enchant generations of families.” Nicholas Sciammarella, manager at The Algonquin reviewed, “It’s perfect,” and is making the book the centerpiece for fall activities at the hotel. Mackenzie Dawson focused on an endearing side of the story in the Sunday, September 18, 2016 edition of The New York Post.
Paperback: 44 pages
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (October 4, 2016)