Matilda, The Algonquin Cat

Children of All Ages

ISBN: 978-1-942545-44-6
44 Pages, 8 x 10
$26.00 Hardcover
Pub Date: Fall 2016

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“An appealing, humorous introduction to a legendary hotal through a cat's eyes.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS



Leslie Martini

Leslie Martini is a journalist, writing consultant, and book author. Leslie writes non-fiction for magazines, newspapers and websites, is a marketing copywriter for businesses, a literacy tutor for the underserved, and a college essay consultant for high schoolers.

Massimo Mongiardo

Massimo Mongiardo is a NYC artist/Illustrator with a BFA in Illustration from MassArt. Massi’s illustrations, drawings and murals have appeared in children’s books, and a variety of locations throughout NYC including Urbanspace Vanderbilt, Battery Park, on hot dog carts, skateboards, and salmon can labels. Massi’s client list includes Nike, Battery Park, Hopps Skateboards, and Momofuku.

Massi illustrated the award-winning Wyatt-MacKenzie book YOUNG JANE AUSTEN









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.