THE ALGONQUIN CAT
Written by Leslie Martini & Illustrated by Massimo Mongiardo
A street cat is swept up into a glamorous life at the historic Algonquin Hotel in New York City, a well-known gathering place for writers, editors, and artists. With his predecessor Matilda as his guide, the scrappy Hamlet must learn the ropes of his luxurious new home. But will this stray cat take to life indoors? Hamlet seeks guidance from the writers of the famous Algonquin Round Table, where voices from the past help him find the courage to take his rightful place as king.
For those whose imaginations were captured by The Plaza's Eloise, they will find her feline counterpart in Hamlet: The Algonquin Cat.
About the Author
Leslie Martini is a book author, copy editor, and freelance journalist. Her first book, Matilda: The Algonquin Cat, was published by Wyatt-MacKenzie in 2016 and won an Independent Publisher Book Award. Leslie works for Fraxa Research Foundation, and is an active member of 826 Boston, Writer’s Room Boston, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.
About the illustrator
Massimo Mongiardo is a New York artist with a BFA in illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Massi's illustrations, drawings, and murals have appeared in children's books and a variety of locations throughout NYC including Urbanspace Vanderbilt, Battery Park, and on skateboards and hot-dog carts. Massi also illustrated Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, the Foreword INDIES Book-of-the-Year winner in “Biography.”