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Quick as a Cricket Hardcover – August 1, 1982


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Child's Play Library
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Childs Play Intl Ltd; First Edition edition (August 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859531511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859531511
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

"I'm as quick as a cricket, I'm as slow as a snail. I'm as small as an ant, I'm as large as a whale." Parents and teachers choose this big square book for the message of self-confidence. Toddlers love it for the singsong phrases and Don Wood's large, silly, endearing illustrations, which feature a boy mimicking different kinds of animals. At one point, he is pictured sipping tea formally with a fancy poodle ("I'm as tame as a poodle") and on the very next page he is swinging through trees ("I'm as wild as a chimp"). Whether brave or shy, strong or weak, in the end the young boy celebrates all different, apparently contradictory parts of himself. With a confident grin, he lifts his arms up and declares, "Put it all together and you've got ME!" (Baby to age 6)

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This board book edition is new, although the soft and hard cover versions, published in 1982, have been extensively reviewed, and have sold over 1,000,000 copies. -- From the publisher --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

AUDREY WOOD is the much-loved author of more than thirty books for children, including the bestselling The Napping House, Piggies, Heckedy Peg, and most recently, Piggy Pie Po, which she collaborated on with her husband, Don Wood.
She lives in Hawaii.

My first memories are of Sarasota, Florida in the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers' Circus. I was one year old and remember it vividly. My father, an art student, was making extra income by repainting circus murals.

The people in the circus were my friends. I was bounced on the knee of the tallest man in the world and rocked in the arms of the fat lady who could not stand up. My first baby-sitters were a family of little people who lived in a trailer next to ours. They tAudrey2old me stories about the animals they worked with: Chi Chi the Chimpanzee, an elephant named Elder, and Gargantua the Gorilla.

My mother says I was a fast learner, always ahead of my age. My father taught me to swim before I could walk. I walked at seven months and climbed over a seven foot chain link fence when I was one year old. Everyone in the circus thought I was going to be a trapeze artist.

When I was two, I traveled with my parents to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they studied art. Spanish became my second language. Because my mother read to me every day, I fell in love with books and was reading by age three.

My parents had two more girls, which made me the oldest sister. All of us were trained in the arts: music, dance, painting, and drama. We had a miniature stage in our basement, complete with light-bulb floodlights and a dusty red velvet curtain. Admission for the plays we produced was a bargain--twenty-five cents.

When I was in the first grade, I wanted to grow up to be an artist like my father. Then, in the fourth grade, I decided I'd like to be a children's book author. As an adult who writes and illustrates children's books, I have realized both my childhood ambitions.

I got in trouble in school once for crossing out my favorite author's name and putting in mine--Audrey Brewer instead of Dr. Seuss!

My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all professional artists. Since I am also a professional artist, there are four consecutive generations of artists in our family. However, I am the only female artist.

On our honeymoon, I read my new husband Don Wood the classic children's book entitled At the Back of the North Wind. Seven years later, we teamed up to create our first picture book together.

When our son Bruce Robert was two years old, I began to read picture books to him. He helped to remind me of my childhood ambitions. That's when I began to write children's books seriously.

www.Audreywood.com

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are beautiful and fun.
Sam
This is one of my very favorite children's books, and I am now buying it for a new generation.
M. Bryant
My son (3 years) loves this book, and I do too!
Danielle E. Silva

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By K. Draheim on December 8, 2009
Format: Board book
I am a primary school teacher, and Audry Wood's "Quick as a Cricket" has been a long time favorite of mine to read with my students. I ordered the board book format for my 10 month old as a stocking stuffer. I was surprised to find that this is an "abridged" version of the story. Some of the pages are missing, and half the artwork has been excluded to squeeze the story onto as few pages as possible. One of my favorite activities to do with this book is to find all the objects in the little boy's room that he refers to throughout the story (the stuffed animals, photos, etc.) and of course the children always love to see their own reflection on the last page. These pages have both been excluded in the board book. Such a shame, so much of the charm of this book and the beautiful artwork is lost in this abbreviated version. I am sure my little one, who is a junior bibliophile already, will love the book, but I will have to buy a complete version for our lap-time reading.

Don't waste your money- get the full version in hardback or paper book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My son eyes new books suspiciously - almost like I was trying to sneak a new child into the house without checking with him first. His books are a closed circle of friends and he loves the familiar, well worn pages that he can rattle off by heart. So I was amazed when he took to this book immediately and with gusto, rattling off the animal names within days. Quick as a cricket, slow as a snail, small as an ant, large as a whale, ...there are sad bassetts, happy larks, tame poodles, busy bees, lazy lizards, tough rhinos...you name it. This books has the essential ingredients for every toddler book - beautiful artwork, rhyme and rhythm to the words, and interesting characters to capture little imaginations. I love the Woods but not all their books are for tots this age since they can get a little bizarre sometimes. This ranks right up there in the book world the way Raffi does in the music world of toddlers!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Miller on September 20, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
I love this book. My boys love this book. We read it on a daily basis multiple times. My 3 year old can practically read it to his little brother. I actually went to a short literacy class on books for children and they read this one as an example of a good selection. It is very simple with large pictures, but is great for introducing comparisons and adjectives. ("I'm as quick as a cricket") It's simplicity is appealing yet it also uses words that are a little less common in a preschooler's vocabulary. All around one of our favorites!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert James on August 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
Don and Audrey Wood are quickly becoming my favorite creators of picture books for toddlers. "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear" has been a must-read since the day my 3-year old daughter found it at the bookstore; when we went looking for more, we found "Quick as a Cricket." My daughter made me read it to her six times before she let me up from the bookstore bench to go buy it for her. The intense likeability of the Little Mouse style has been taken up a notch into a wide variety of animals, as the boy of the story changes and shifts to match each new companion. The words are simple, but rhythmic and rhyming. While it's not as funny as "Little Mouse," the rapture of reading it with my daughter has not faded. "Quick as a Cricket" is a definite classic, and one that will last the decades.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Scharp on April 17, 2003
Format: Board book
This lovely book has won the heart of my 2 year old daughter. She requests the "cricket book" perhaps a little too often :-). I do really enjoy reading the quick paced, bouncy rhyming style of Audrey Wood. She is one of my favorite children's authors and with her husband Don Wood, they have created beautifully illustrated pages to go along with it. It is colorful, fun, interesting, and predictable enough so that the toddler can help you finish the sentences and join in the story FUN!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jdhx3 on October 10, 2004
Format: Board book
This book reminds me of some of the books that I loved as a child. Books where an adult finally "gets it" and understands that sometimes I'm as loud as a lion and sometimes I'm as shy as a shrimp. Books where the words are good but the pictures can be even better. The pictures can stimulate the imagination in so many ways.

Quick as a Cricket is well loved by my Cousin's one year old little girl. It is one of the few books that she brings to me to read on a regular basis. Other books she loses interest in after a few pages but this one we read three and four times in a row.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Meddie B. Finnegan on February 4, 2002
Format: Board book
Kids love this book because the pictures are so captivating.
Adults love this book because the words just ROLL off of your tongue, and the pictures are so capivating.
Teachers love this book because the vocabulary is predictable, yet challenging. It is a great book for teaching early readers. And then there are those illustrations......
This book teaches, entertains, AND put the reader in awe. It is a gorgeous piece of work!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on January 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My kids enjoyed this book and, as a speech therapist, I love using this book for language lessons for ages 3-7. The younger ones enjoy the story and get in some practice using opposites. With the older ones, I have them practice using comparisons (I'm as ___ as a ____)after hearing the story. I've even used it in a K-1 Sunday School class for teaching the idea of how a person feels differently at different times.
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