Algonquin Cat

by Val Schaffner. Delacorte/Eleanor Friede, $9.95.
This short tale concerns Hamlet, resident cat at the Hotel Algonquin. The plot is Disneyish, the human characters are lightly acid spoofs of New York literary and theatrical types, and the feline world is imagined with an odd mixture of the practical and the fantastic. By no means everybody’s sprig of catnip. Illustrations by Hilary Knight.