The Cricket in Times Square

Category: Book
By (author): Selden, George
Illustrated By: Williams, Garth
Series: Chester Cricket And His Friends
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
  JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: American Library Association Notable Children's Books (1961)
Newbery Honor Book (1961) Commended
Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List Long-listed
ALA Notable Children's Books (1961) Long-listed
GRAMMY Nominee: Best Spoken Word Album for Children (2008) 07
Audie Award Finalist (2009) Short-listed
AudioFile Best Audiobooks (2008) Long-listed
Publisher: Square Fish
Published: April 2008
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.69in x 5.10in x 0.39in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he'd seen it all. But he's never met a cricket before, which really isn't surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City-the Times Square subway station. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He'd be there still if he hadn't followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone's picnic basket. Now, like any tourist in the city, he wants to look around. And he could not have found two better guides-and friends-than Tucker and Harry. The trio have many adventures-from taking in the sights and sounds of Broadway to escaping a smoky fire.

Chester makes a third friend, too. It is a boy, Mario, who rescues Chester from a dusty corner of the subway station and brings him to live in the safety of his parents' newsstand. He hopes at first to keep Chester as a pet, but Mario soon understands that the cricket is more than that. Because Chester has a hidden talent and no one-not even Chester himself-realizes that the little country cricket may just be able to teach even the toughest New Yorkers a thing or two.

The Cricket in Times Square is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book.

From The Publisher*

A mouse, a cat, and a cricket take a bite out of the Big Apple.

Review Quote*

"The story of a musical cricket and his friends, a mouse and a cat of real character, who took up their abode in a Times Square newsstand . . . Most appealing whimsy with beautiful illustrations by Garth Williams." -School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Delightful reading for the whole family." -The Horn Book Magazine

"This is absolutely grand fun for anyone, a nine to ninety book with the most enchanting portraits by Garth Williams." -The New York Herald Tribune

Biographical Note

George Selden (1929-1989) was the author of A Cricket in Times Square, winner of the 1961 Newbery Honor and a timeless children's classic. The popular Cricket series grew to seven titles, including Tucker's Countryside and The Old Meadow. In 1973, The Cricket in Times Square was made into an animated film. Selden lived in New York City until his death in December 1989. He enjoyed music, archaeology, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Garth Williams illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other distinguished works, including Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.