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The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

The Cricket in Times Square (1960)

by George Selden

Other authors: Garth Williams (Illustrator)

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Series: Chester Cricket and Friends (1)

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    The Old Meadow by George Selden (editfish)
    editfish: This book is a sequel to 'A Cricket in Times Square'. Don't read any of the other 'Chester' or 'Harry' books until you've first read that one!
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    Chester Cricket's New Home by George Selden (editfish)
    editfish: This book is a sequel to 'A Cricket in Times Square'. Don't read any of the other 'Chester' or 'Harry' books until you've first read that one!

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A Cricket in Times Square is about a cricket named Chester, a mouse named Tucker and a cat named Harry. Tucker and Harry live in New York. The problem is that Chester got stuck on a train to New York and needs to get back to Connecticut. Chester lives in a newsstand in New York when he meets Tucker and Harry. The newsstand is poor and catches fire when they have a party. Tucker teaches Chester how to play music using his wings and when he does this the newsstand becomes very popular. When Harry finds a timetable for Grand Central Station the three friends go there and Chester gets on a train to go back to Connecticut. I liked the book because Chester makes a poor newsstand into a rich newsstand by playing music. I also liked when Harry, Tucker and Chester have a small party in the newsstand and it catches fire and the three friends go crazy trying to put it out. I would recommend this book to animal lovers and people who like comedy. ( )
  LarsS12 | May 22, 2016 |
Fun book, much loved by my Vintage Book Circle group. I loved the care the friends had for each other. Someone else loved the vibrant depiction of Times Square. We all liked the responsibility that these characters took for the problems they created. Garth Williams illustrations really brought life to the book. Highly recommend even though talking animals aren't my thing. ( )
  njcur | Apr 30, 2016 |
This novel is about a cricket and a little boy who becomes friends. The little boys mother is convinced that the cricket is no good for the business of the news stand they own, especially after the cricket and his cat and mouse friends accidentally set fire to it. But they soon learn the cricket has musical talent and he begins giving concerts and saves the financial status of the newsstand. The best part of this novel is the lovable characters found in the cricket Chester, but especially in Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

Media: ink sketch

Uses: -good read aloud for a class
-could be good conversation about keeping animals cooped up who may be unhappy
  asukonik | Apr 11, 2016 |
Chester Cricket has always lived in a Connecticut meadow, but his curiosity about a picnic basket results in his winding up in the Times Square subway station. This is where Mario Bellini, son of the owners of a struggling newsstand, finds Chester and takes him in. Tucker the mouse and Harry the cat also befriend Chester. Their adventures, disasters, and triumphs form the basis of a wonderful friendship.

This book is utterly delightful. It demonstrates the value of true friendship, loyalty, and compassion, and teaches us about responsibility and obligation to do the right thing. Chester’s story makes my heart sing, just as his playing affected the passersby in the subway. Garth Williams’s illustrations are perfectly detailed and a wonderful addition to the story. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 19, 2016 |
Second Time as Good as the First!

I decided to revisit various Newbery Award winners and Honors... This was a good revisit!! ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
George Seldenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, GarthIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auberjonois, RenéNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, GarthCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One night, the sounds of New York City--the rumbling of subway trains, thrumming of automobile tires, hooting of horns, howling of brakes, and the babbling of voices--is interrupted by a sound that even Tucker Mouse, a jaded inhabitant of Times Square, has never heard before. Mario, the son of Mama and Papa Bellini, proprietors of the subway-station newsstand, had only heard the sound once. What was this new, strangely musical chirping? None other than the mellifluous leg-rubbing of the somewhat disoriented Chester Cricket from Connecticut. Attracted by the irresistible smell of liverwurst, Chester had foolishly jumped into the picnic basket of some unsuspecting New Yorkers on a junket to the country. Despite the insect's wurst intentions, he ends up in a pile of dirt in Times Square.

Mario is elated to find Chester. He begs his parents to let him keep the shiny insect in the newsstand, assuring his bug-fearing mother that crickets are harmless, maybe even good luck. What ensues is an altogether captivating spin on the city mouse/country mouse story, as Chester adjusts to the bustle of the big city. Despite the cricket's comfortable matchbox bed (with Kleenex sheets); the fancy, seven-tiered pagoda cricket cage from Sai Fong's novelty shop; tasty mulberry leaves; the jolly company of Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat; and even his new-found fame as "the most famous musician in New York City," Chester begins to miss his peaceful life in the Connecticut countryside. The Cricket in Times Square--a Newbery Award runner-up in 1961--is charmingly illustrated by the well-loved Garth Williams, and the tiniest details of this elegantly spun, vividly told, surprisingly suspenseful tale will stick with children for years and years. Make sure this classic sits on the shelf of your favorite child, right next to The Wind in the Willows. (Ages 9 to 12)

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The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

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