Jennie by Paul Gallico
  

Jennie

Written by Paul Gallico
Part of the Collins Modern Classics Series

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Gallico’s story of a young boy who metamorphoses into a white cat following an accident is both an exciting adventure and a moving story of friendship. It is also one of the best books on cats ever written. As a boy, Peter is lonely. His parents are often out and he mostly spends time with his nanny. As a cat, he is befriended by a stray called Jennie, who teaches him the cat way of life. Together they have some extraordinary adventures until Peter is willing to fight to the death for his friend. As author Vivien French explains in her introduction, this is not just for people who like cats, but a gripping read for everyone, and often funny too, though the ending will leave many readers with tears in their eyes. ~ Andrea Reece

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Jennie by Paul Gallico

If in doubt, wash! What is it like to be a cat? Find out in this classic animal story from the renowned writer Paul Gallico. Peter Brown longs for a pet cat. One day, he is following a stray cat through the streets when he is knocked down and seriously hurt. On waking, he is astonished to find that he has turned into a cat...The world is a dangerous place for him, but luckily he is rescued and befriended by Jennie, a kindly stray tabby who has been abandoned by her owners. Adventures wait around every corner for the two new friends, as Jennie teaches Peter all about life as a cat.

Humorous and touching, and packed with acutely observed feline behaviour, this is a beloved classic that's essential for any cat-lover.

Reviews

'Jennie' makes you really and truly feel as if you've lived in the world of cats. Vivian French

Praise for 'Thomasina':

This is a story that cats would love as much as I do! Michael Morpurgo'

About the Author

Paul Gallico

Paul William Gallico was born in New York City, on 26th July, 1897. His father was an Italian, and his mother came from Austria; they emigrated to New York in 1895.
He went to school in the public schools of New York, and in 1916 went to Columbia University. He graduated in 1921 with a Bachelor of Science degree, having lost a year and a half due to World War I. He then worked for the National Board of Motion Picture Review, and after six months took a job as the motion picture critic for the New York Daily News. He was removed from this job as his "reviews were too Smart Alecky", and took refuge in the sports department.

During his stint there, he was sent to cover the training camp of Jack Dempsey, and decided to ask Dempsey if he could spar with him, to get an idea of what it was like to be hit by the world heavyweight champion. The results were spectacular; Gallico was knocked out within two minutes. But he had his story, and from there his sports-writing career never looked back.

He was a first-class fencer, and a keen deep-sea fisherman. He was married four times, and had several children.

He died in Antibes on 15th July, 1976, just short of his 79th birthday.

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Format

Paperback
352 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Paul Gallico
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Author's Website

www.paulgallico.info/gallic...

Publisher

HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

7th July 2001

ISBN

9780007395194

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