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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of my favorite books as a kid, just as good now, even with the PC edits.Published 8 days ago by Mollie C. Moses
Sent to granddaughter as one of her early chapter books....mom says she has read twice!Published 19 days ago by Ann H. McRae
My 9 year old son thoroughly enjoyed this book and he looks forward to reading the other books by this author.Published 22 days ago by Everett
Tony Shaloub is an excellent narrator! His voices for the characters really bring the book to life without being overly dramatized. I hope that he narrates more books!Published 27 days ago by A Sourdough Bread Baker
I really enjoyed this book, even as an adult. As a teacher, I was reading it to see if I wanted to use it as a classroom novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rose Walsh
My daughter is thoroughly enjoying The Cricket in Times Square story. The drawings are fun, large, and spaced just right to not make it a picture-book, but also help draw her into... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter G