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Jennie Mass Market Paperback – 24 Sep 1970

4.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New impression edition (24 Sept. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140019421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140019421
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.4 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The unforgettable adventures of a small boy changed into a stray cat and befriended with the indomitable Jennie, who initiates him into the lore of London's streets.

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Every single person, who is a real cat lover,should be made to read this book. I was introduced to it as a 13 year old and I've raved about it ever since! Got all my kids to read it.
Totally engrossing the way you go into Peter's story. I still cry at the end- not going to spoil it for you though- even though I've re-read it loads of times. Have bought lots of copies to give to friends over the years as I've so wanted to share the utter pleasure of it with them- even placed a copy in the coffin of my daughter, so that she had this wonderful novel with her for her journey to the great beyond.
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Read this at school and it has stayed with me ever since.
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My parents gave me 'Jennie' when I was 14 years old and I have read it so many times, now I am 27 years old and read it again last month! I even chose this book to read in one of my speech and drama exams and had so much fun. This book is really different, it makes you look at things differently and you even forget that you are reading about the cat's view of the world and the way life treats him. You don't really have to be a cat fan to read this and your emotions are constantly mixed and varied throughout. It is entertaining as well as some parts gets you feeling terrible and sad. This is a very well written, creative and a great story telling for children and adults. This is one book amongst my book collection that I will never give away.
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I have read this book with my mum. If you like cats you will love this book as it explains why they do things. It gives you a good idea of how cats live. It is also very emotional when sad things happen and when it's funny it's really funny. It is also exciting and adventurous. You just can't wait to hear what happens next! If you buy this book I am sure it will be the best book you have ever read and it will be a treasure in your family. I am getting my Grandma a copy for Christmas because she loves cats and our copy is falling apart. So, get Jennie and enjoy the sad and wonderful times they have!
Daniel
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I'm on the internet all the time, often buying stuff, checking user reviews of technology, music, books etc. And I never write any reviews myself; I've been just a parasite, using others' knowledge and effort.
It's time to put something back, and here it is - my first, and possibly only, review.
Everything the guys above say about this book is true for me too, but I would express it more ringingly - it didn't only define, from childhood to now, everything I feel about 'cats', it also defined and will also define 'love'.
I have re-read it as a hardened, cynical, sceptical adult, whose favourite book is Catch-22 and who thinks, say, Captain Corelli is just far too soppy, glib, and obvious. Despite the fact that 'Jennie' might also be soppy, glib and obvious, I cried myself happily to sleep two nights in a row.
So get a copy or two. Read it yourself by all means, but the important thing is to make it available for a child to find and read. It'll be one of the most important things you ever do for her (or maybe THE most important thing for him).
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Young eight-year-old Peter Brown had wanted to own a cat but his Scotch Nanny was averse to the animals. His mother and father seemed distant; she was always out gallivanting and he was too busy doing soldierly things as a Colonel.

It starts with Peter in bed after a traffic accident – he’d been running across the road after a tabby striped kitten when he was hit by a vehicle. Then when he wakes up, he realises he is a cat, no longer a boy, and Nanny chases him out of the house! So his adventure begins.

Almost immediately he encounters a nasty yellow tom cat, who brutally savages him for ‘trespassing’. Badly cut and battered, Peter is nursed back to health by a small tabby with an enigmatic smile – Jennie.

When Peter explains his predicament, Jennie believes him, simply because he doesn’t exhibit any of the normal traits of a cat. She sets about teaching him how to be a cat. ‘Oh, dear,’ said Peter, who never did much enjoy having to learn things… (p36) Typical boy, then.

When he mentions Nanny not liking cats, Jennie is philosophical about that: ‘There are people who don’t, and we can understand and respect them for it. Sometimes we like to tease them a little by rubbing up against them, or getting into their laps just to see them jump. They can’t help it any more than we can help not liking certain kinds of people and not wanting to have anything to do with them. But at least we know where we stand when we come across someone like your Nanny. It’s the people who love us, or say they love us and then hurt us, who…’ (p34)

One of Jennie’s useful (and amusing) tips is that ‘Whatever the situation, whatever difficulty you may be in, you can’t go wrong if you wash.
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Lovely, a classic I'd never heard of. Today, we have many examples of children's (see the lately published Animalcolm by David Baddiel) about children turning to animals. This is an excellent example, as it really is carefully thought through, just how a child would experience another animal's world.

Peter is desperate for a pet - his mother is more interested in parties, his father away in the army, but he isn't allowed the cat he craves. After being knocked down by a car, he awakens as - a cat! Not recognised at home, he is soon out on the streets. A kind female comes to his aid and shows him his new world. And capabilities.

Jennie can't believe that Peter is really a human boy at first. WIll Peter learn the ways of cats, stay that way, or somehow manage to return to his old life? Would he want to?

The most impressive thing about this story was the wonderful passages of Peter learning to be a cat - how to lick himself, how to move through the world as a cat, how to fight as one. I loved this, it felt as though the author had done meticulous research!

The story is sweet, as Peter and Jennie loyally band together through adventures around the world, meeting kind and cruel people (and other animals), and working out just where they want to be.

Deserves to be better known, it's a lovely story and well told, not hard to read, needs a contemporary cover and would stand up well against modern animal stories.

One for ages 9 and above.
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