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The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends) Perfect Paperback – 1 Apr 2008

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  • Perfect Paperback
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756984394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756984397
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 July 2015
Format: Paperback
So, where do you stand regarding books that are remarkably good, but riddled with casual insensitive racial stereotypes? Wherever you are, you'll have to bring that position to bear on this book.

The writing is marvelous. The central characters have spirit and style. This book screams "New York City attitude", in a good way. You feel you are in Times Square Station. You feel the time period. You know these people. They have charm and decency and grit.

And then you hit the Chinese characters. The most laughably offensive fake Chinese pidgin English ever. And you cringe. Which is a terrible shame, since the Chinese gentlemen who are portrayed are kind, gentle and generous.

So what do you do. Explain the book? Skip the Chinese parts? Just avoid it? That, of course, is up to you. Just bear in mind that the book itself is worth the trouble of trying to figure out a solution that lets you read it to your kids.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 May 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun. 1999
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Thomas on 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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By A. Lawson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By babuk on 10 Oct. 2012
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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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