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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 child, right next to The Wind in the Willows. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a charming book, atmospheric and evocative. certainly a book every thoughtful child should read.Published 1 month ago by Wendy Onslow
I was recommended to this book and enjoyed it very much. A very unusual perspective.Published 7 months ago by Wessex Woman
One of the best books for children I have come across. Characters are well drawn and amusing. This is a super book to read aloud to children if you can do a New York accent.Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by P. G. Thomas
Just as good as I remember it from a kid although a few un PC bits in that would definitely be edited out today -- still the themes of friendship, loyalty and caring about others... Read morePublished on 21 May 2012 by Shannon Mckinney
I read hundreds of books in my youth, and this is one that stands out clearly in my memory. The story and style of writing are captivating, and the reader is easily swept away,... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2009 by Yank