Based on the actual (and celebrated) cat at the Algonquin Hotel in NYC, which has, in addition to its rich literary heritage, a long history of a “cat in residence,” this picture book is both funny and informative for children ages 4 through 10, and the adults who love the literary backstory.
In 1902 the elegant twelve-story Algonquin Hotel opened its doors and became the daily meeting place for talented young writers, editors, actors, and publicists. In 1932, a stray cat wandered into the lobby, and into history. The renowned actor John Barrymore named him "Hamlet" and since then the Algonquin has always had a resident cat. All the male cats are called Hamlet, and the females — for reasons unknown — are called Matilda.