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The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends) [Kindle Edition]

George Selden , Garth Williams
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After Chester lands, in the Times Square subway station, he makes himself comfortable in a nearby newsstand. There, he has the good fortune to make three new friends: Mario, a little boy whose parents run the falling newsstand, Tucker, a fast-talking Broadway mouse, and Tucker's sidekick, Harry the Cat. The escapades of these four friends in bustling New York City makes for lively listening and humorous entertainment. And somehow, they manage to bring a taste of success to the nearly bankrupt newsstand.


Join Chester Cricket and his friends in this classic children's book by George Selden, with illustrations by Garth Williams. The Cricket in Times Square is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book.



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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 child, right next to The Wind in the Willows.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8081 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312380038
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (25 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HBQ2D5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 6 May 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE is a classic children's story. Written in the 1960's and the winner of a Newbery Honor Book award, THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE has wonderful staying power. Now, courtesy of Macmillan Young Listeners, the tale truly comes to life.

The story finds a country cricket, Chester, unwittingly stranded in New York City. After falling asleep in a picnic basket in Connecticut, he wakes up in a world that is totally different to him. He is befriended by Mario, a young boy who helps his parents run a newsstand in the subway. Chester encounters Tucker, a wizened city mouse, and his friend, Harry Cat. The two teach Chester how to live in the city and enjoy the wonders of the subway.

Soon, everyone learns of Chester's talent of recreating any music he hears, and spellbounds Mario's parents, music critics, and subway commuters alike. But Chester quickly becomes tired of the constant performing, and misses his quiet country life. Tucker and Harry do their best to ensure that Chester finds his way back home.

With the talents of Tony Shalhoub, Chester Cricket, Harry Cat, and Tucker Mouse become real characters that the listener can instantly relate to. Even though the story is about animals in a Times Square subway station, the listener gets drawn in and wants there to be a happy ending.

Mr. Shalhoub creates unique voices for each of the characters, and from the very beginning, it is easy to decipher which character is doing the speaking. I listened to the story (an unabridged production on two CDs) with my two children and they were immediately enchanted. With classical music signaling the end of each chapter, they both would shout out the next one.

For anyone not familiar with the classic tale, listening to it will be an adventure.
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its a great book with a lot of things happening that are funny.(Example Tucker the mouse sets the newstand on fire by accident).There is a lesson in this story. You can always trust your friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Children's Book 29 April 2013
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As a teacher of primary school children I have read many books to different groups and this is about the best I have come across. It was published many years ago but I liked it so much I bought this for my grandchildren. It is a super story about a country cricket which arrives, by mistake, in Times Square subway station. The portrayal of characters in superb and gives plenty of scope for reading in a New York accent. Well worth getting if you are looking for a book to read aloud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nostalgic reading 18 April 2012
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I borrowed this from the library when I was about 10 and remembered it suddenly the other day, 25 years later and I was chuffed to find it on Amazon. I remember when I read it back then, I was really unfamiliar with all the Americanisms, it was unlike any other book i'd read at the time. I don't remember the entire story (I haven't yet re-read it) but the scenes in the newspaper stand come back to me, and something about liverwurst! I'm going to search for all the other memorable books I read but didn't own/keep so I can build a collection for my son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speedy delivery and delight 10 Oct. 2012
By babuk
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was so delighted to receive this book in excellent condition. AS a I child, I adored this trilogy; so pleased to be able to share it with our children.
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