Header image with four cats and the text: Pussreboots, a book review nearly every day. Online since 1997
Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer
Castle of Shadows by Ellen Renner
A Cat Named Squeeky by Vic Reskovic
Chi's Sweet Home 01 by Kanata Konami
Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh
The Days of the King by Filip Florian
The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! by Mo Willems
Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman
How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
I Don't Want to Take a Bath by Julie Sykes
I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (audio) edited by John Joseph Abrams
Jam & Honey by Melita Morales
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Mary's Rainbow by Clementia
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl
The Paper Crane by Molly Bang
Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett
Prime Cut by Diane Mott Davidson
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
The School for Cats by Esther Averill
The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier
Silverlicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau

What Am I Reading
October 01, 2012
October 22, 2012
October 29, 2012

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2024

Ozathon: 12/2023-01/2025

Canadian Book Challenge: 2023-2024

Chicken Prints
Paintings and Postcards

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

The School for Cats: 10/30/12

cover art

The School for Cats by Esther Averill is one of the Jenny's Cat Club books. I've been trying to read the series on and off since reading The Hotel Cat. The stories seem to be at all different reading levels and they've gone out of print and come back into print, making them all the more difficult to sort out and read.

In this one, Jenny, the adorable black cat with the fetching red scarf, is heading to cat school for the summer. The set up reminds me of the times I've taken Caligula cat to "cat camp" for boarding while I visited my family. In Averill's world, though, cats are self sufficient enough to get there on their own. Pickles, the fire cat, for example, drives his miniature fire engine to the school!

Pickles's over abundance of energy and Jenny's natural timidity makes for a volatile combination. Poor Jenny ends up with the scare of her life but she learns from her experience and grows in the process. While Jenny runs off, I couldn't help but be reminded of Jane, the youngest of the Ursula Le Guin Catwings cats, especially in Jane on Her Own. Jenny, though, I like better.

Recommended by Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Love

Four stars

Comments (0)


Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis