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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 adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.
  1. 70
    Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (cmbohn)
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    Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater (cmbohn)
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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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Chester, a cricket from Connecticut, ends up in New York City, where he meets two friends, Harry the cat and Tucker the mouse. He grows to depend on his friends. They have many adventures and then the two friends help Chester get back home to Connecticut. This is a great book, especially for kids who love animals. ( )
  KristinaGr | Feb 13, 2020 |
This book had my daughter trying to catch grasshoppers after we finished reading it. ( )
  Sparrowgirl | Dec 21, 2019 |
Lovely little story about Chester Cricket, Tucker the Mouse and Harry the Cat. Beautifully illustrated by Garth Williams. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Dec 6, 2019 |
Chester Cricket from Connecticut inadvertently ends up getting on a train to New York City and is deposited in the Times Square subway station. There he becomes the pet of Mario, the son of Italian-American newspaper stand owners, and Chester soon develops a friendship with Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat, who also live in the subway station. In addition to his sweet disposition, Chester wins hearts with the beautiful music he makes with his wings.

This book is line with other classics like Charlotte's Web. As it was published in the early 1960s, it definitely shows its age with dated references and some less-than-stellar representations of diversity. However, the overall themes of friendship and doing right by others help tip the scales in favor of this book. I've read it before, but this time I listened to the audiobook read aloud by Tony Shalhoub, who was absolutely fabulous at bringing the characters to life. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | May 9, 2019 |
A simple, charming story. Chester Cricket after becoming trapped beneath roast beef sandwiches in a picnic basket finds himself stranded in the station below Times Square. This is where Mario Belini, a struggling newspaper vendor's son, finds and adopts him. Out of gratitude and after an unfortunate string of events, Chester decides to help the Belinis somehow.

This was, if not a favorite, a well-liked story from my childhood. Chester, Tucker Mouse, and Harry Cat are a great trio and Garth Williams' illustrations are just as wonderful today as they ever were. I don't have much to say about this one, but it was good to revisit. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
George Seldenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Williams, GarthIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auberjonois, RenéNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, GarthCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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