The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket Series)

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A classic Newbery Honor Book first published in 1960, this quiet story of friendship and loyalty continues to charm young readers, particularly those who love animals. This is a quiet tale: Chester Cricket, Tucker Mouse, and Harry Cat meet at the Bellini's newsstand in New York's Times Square subway station when young Mario Bellini finds the cricket in a pile of trash. The lonely boy decides to keep Chester as a pet, and a series of adventures ensue. Action-and-adventure fans may have a difficult time with the leisurely pace and low-key action of this book, but its loving portrait of real friendship continues to make it a classroom favorite with fourth and fifth graders. Modern parents and teachers may want to take a close look at Seldon's portrayal of Sai Fong, the elderly Chinese man who gives Mario a cricket cage. In 1960 racial stereotypes were still common in American literature, and Sai Fong certainly falls into this category. There's nothing ugly here—on the contrary, Sai Fong could not be more lovingly drawn—but his giggling and fractured-English may give offense, nonetheless. Certainly this is an aspect of the book that adults would want to discuss with young readers. Part of the "Chester Cricket" series. 2006 (orig. 1960), Yearling/Random House Children's Books, and Ages 8 to 12.
—Barbara Carroll Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Selden's much loved and acclaimed classic has been abbreviated, retaining only the barest of details. The plot is essentially the same as the original, but the imagery, descriptions, characterizations and dialogue are all pale in comparison. The text evokes no warmth for the characters or the story itself. The addition of many pictures gives the impression that this version is easier to read. Readability tests show that it is not. The cartoon illustrations ``from the acclaimed Hollywood animation'' are colorful, but many are out of focus, and none have the charm of Garth Williams' original illustrations. Selden now has five books featuring Chester Cricket and his friends. Any one of them would be a better choice than this title. Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schs . , Iowa
The Horn Book Magazine

Delightful reading for the whole family.
The New York Herald Tribune

This is absolutely grand fun for anyone, a nine to ninety book with the most enchanting portraits by Garth Williams.
The Sacramento Bee

Young listeners and their grown-ups will thoroughly enjoy Tony Shalhoub's dramatic reading of The Cricket in Times Square. His stage voice captures every nuance of emotion is George Selden's 1960 novel about a cricket from Connecticut who winds up in New York City and survives with the help of a friendly mouse and cat. This warm and fuzzy tale hasn't lost a hair of charm in 50 years.
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With the talents of Tony Shalhoub, Chester Cricket, Harry Cat, and Tucker Mouse become real characters that the listener can instantly relate to.... 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.... For anyone not familiar with the classic tale, listening to it will be an adventure. And for those that know the sweet tale of Chester finding himself in a foreign land (at least for him), listening to the story will be a treat.
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"Read by Tony Shalhoub, Selden's story of a clueless insect in New York lights up with the sounds of the city."—People magazine

"Young listeners and their grown-ups will thoroughly enjoy Tony Shalhoub's dramatic reading of The Cricket in Times Square. His stage voice captures every nuance of emotion is George Selden's 1960 novel about a cricket from Connecticut who winds up in New York City and survives with the help of a friendly mouse and cat. This warm and fuzzy tale hasn't lost a hair of charm in 50 years."—The Sacramento Bee

"With the talents of Tony Shalhoub, Chester Cricket, Harry Cat, and Tucker Mouse become real characters that the listener can instantly relate to.... 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.... For anyone not familiar with the classic tale, listening to it will be an adventure. And for those that know the sweet tale of Chester finding himself in a foreign land (at least for him), listening to the story will be a treat."—TeensReadToo.com

"Shalhoub brings dramatic range to the vocals, moving with grace from comforting to street smart."—Kirkus Reviews

"The fabulous adventures of Chester Cricket, Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse are charmingly detailed by George Selden in his Newbery Honor book...Narrated here by Tony Shaloub, it's guaranteed to please the whole family."—BookPage

“Emmy-winner Shalhoub is nothing short of wonderful. The ease with which he spins different accents adds immeasurable color to the story.” – Cookie Magazine

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Meet the Author

George Selden (1929-1989) wrote not only the adventures of Chester, Harry, Tucker, and their friends but also The Genie of Sutton Place, which was one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year.

 

 

Tony Shalhoub is best known for his role as obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk in the hit television series Monk, for which he has won a Golden Globe and three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He also received a Grammy nomination for his narration of George Selden's Newbery Honor-winning children's book The Cricket in Times Square for Macmillan Audio.

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A mouse was looking at Mario. The mouse’s name was Tucker, and he was sitting in the opening of an abandoned drain pipe in the subway station at Times Square. The drain pipe was his home. Back a few feet in the wall, it had opened out into a pocket that Tucker had filled with the bits of paper and shreds of cloth he collected. And when he wasn’t collecting, “scrounging” as he called it, or sleeping, he liked to sit at the opening of the drain pipe and watch the world go by–at least as much of the world as hurried through the Times Square subway station.

Tucker finished the last few crumbs of a cookie he was eating–a Lorna Doone shortbread he had found earlier in the evening–and licked off his whiskers. “ Such a pity,” he sighed.
Every Saturday night now for almost a year he had watched Mario tending his father’s newsstand. On weekdays, of course, the boy had to get to bed early, but over the weekends Papa Bellini let him take his part in helping out with the family business. Far into the night Mario waited. Papa hoped that by staying open as late as possible his newsstand might get some of the business that would otherwise have gone to the larger stands. But there wasn’t much business tonight.

“The poor kid might as well go home,” murmured Tucker Mouse to himself. He looked around the station.
The bustle of the day had long since subsided, and even the nighttime crowds, returning from the theaters and movies had vanished. Now and then a person or two would come down one of the many stairs that led from the street and dart through the station. But at this hour everyone was in a hurry to get to bed. On the lower level the trains were running much less often. There would be a long stretch of silence; then the mounting roar as a string of cars approached Times Square; then a pause while it let off old passengers and took on new ones; and finally the rush of sound as it disappeared up the dark tunnel. And the hush fell again. There was emptiness in the air. The whole station seemed to be waiting for the crowds of people it needed.

Tucker Mouse looked back at Mario. He was sitting on a three-legged stool behind the counter of the newsstand. In front of him all the magazines and newspapers were displayed as neatly as he knew how to make them. Papa Bellini had made the newsstand himself many years ago. The space inside was big enough for Mario, but Mama and Papa were cramped when they each took their turn. A shelf ran along one side, and on it were a little secondhand radio, a box of Kleenex (for Mama’s hay fever), a box of kitchen matches (for lighting Papa’s pipe), a cash register (for money — which there wasn’t much of), and an alarm clock (for no good reason at all). The cash register had one drawer, which was always open. It had gotten stuck once, with all the money the Bellinis had in the world inside it, so Papa decided it would be safer never to shut it again. When the stand was closed for the night, the money that was left there to start off the new day was perfectly safe, because Papa had also made a big wooden cover, with a lock, that fitted over the whole thing.

Mario had been listening to the radio. He switched it off. Way down the tracks he could see the lights of the shuttle train coming towards him. On the level of the station where the newsstand was, the only tracks were the ones on which the shuttle ran. That was a short train that went back and forth from Times Square to Grand Central, taking people from the subways on the east side of New York City over to the lines on the west. Mario knew most of the conductors on the shuttle. They all liked him and came over to talk between trips.

The train screeched to a stop beside the newsstand, blowing a gust of hot air in front of it. Only nine or ten people got out. Tucker watched anxiously to see if any of them stopped to buy a paper.

“All late papers!” shouted Mario as they hurried by. “Magazines!”

No one stopped. Hardly anyone even looked at him. Mario sank back on his stool. All evening long he had only sold fifteen papers and four magazines. In the drain pipe Tucker Mouse, who had been keeping count too, sighed and scratched his ear.

Mario’s friend Paul, a conductor on the shuttle, came over to the stand. “Any luck?” he asked.

“No,” said Mario. “Maybe on the next train.”

“There’s going to be less and less until morning,” said Paul.

Mario rested his chin on the palm of his hand. “ I can’t understand it,” he said. “It’s Saturday night. Even the Sunday papers aren’t going.”

Paul leaned up against the newsstand. “You’re up awfully late tonight,” he said.

“Well, I can sleep on Sundays,” said Mario. “ Besides, school’s out now. Mama and Papa are picking me up on the way home. They went to visit some friends. Saturday’s the only chance they have.”

Over a loud speaker came a voice saying, “Next train for Grand Central, track two.”

“ Night, Mario,” Paul said. He started off toward the shuttle. Then he stopped, reached in his pocket and flipped a half dollar over the counter. Mario caught the big coin. “I’ll take a Sunday Times.” Paul said, and picked up the newspaper.

“Hey wait!” Mario called after him. “ It’s only twenty-five cents. You’ve got a quarter coming.”

But Paul was already in the car. The door slid closed. He smiled and waved through the window. With a lurch the train moved off, its lights glimmering away through the darkness.

Tucker Mouse smiled too. He liked Paul. In fact he liked anybody who was nice to Mario. But it was late now: time to crawl back to his comfortable niche in the wall and go to sleep. Even a mouse who lives in the subway station in Times Square has to sleep sometimes. And Tucker had a big day planned for tomorrow, collecting things for his home and snapping up bits of food that fell from the lunch counters all over the station. He was just about to turn into the drain pipe when he heard a very strange sound.

Now Tucker Mouse had heard almost all the sounds that can be heard in New York City. He had heard the rumble of subway trains and the shriek their iron wheels make when they go around a corner. From above, through the iron grills that open onto the streets, he had heard the thrumming of the rubber tires of automobiles, and the hooting of their horns, and the howling of their brakes. And he had heard the babble of voices when the station was full of human beings, and the barking of the dogs that some of them had on leashes. Birds, the pigeons of New York, and cats, and even the high purring of airplanes above the city Tucker had heard. But in all his days, and on all his journeys through the greatest city in the world, Tucker had never heard a sound quite like this one.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Reading Group Guide

1. Tucker is an observer. He loves to watch the people go by as they rush about the streets of New York City. Tucker is also a listener. George Selden tells us that he "heard almost all the sounds that can be heard." How well do your students listen? Have them sit still and listen intently. Then they should make a list of all of the different sounds they heard and identify where each sound came from.

Discuss with your class ways to describe sound. Introduce them to alliteration and onomatopoeia. For each of the sounds on their lists, they should come up with words and phrases that communicate what they heard. Then they should illustrate the sounds they heard.

Here are some examples of onomatopoeia and alliteration:
Onomatopoeia:
Traffic: car brakes "screechhhh . . . ," horns "hhhonk . . . ," sirens "whiiine"
Alliteration:
Weather: the wind whistles, the sun scorches, tornadoes twist

2. See page 7: "It [Chester's noise] was like a quick stroke across the strings of a violin, or like a harp that has been plucked suddenly." From the very beginning, musical imagery is very important in The Cricket in Times Square. As your students read the book, have them keep a list of the musical words and terms they come across. Include the words and terms they find on your classroom word wall.

3. See Page 13: Mario tries to impress his mother with the usefulness of the cricket by telling her that you can tell the temperature by listening to a cricket's chirp by using this formula:
(chirps/minute ÷4) + 40
Mama is not impressed and says, "Bugs carry germs. He [the cricket] doesn't come into the house."
Mama is right. Bugs can carry germs, but do all bugs carry germs? Do crickets? Your students should do research to find out the answers to these questions and to learn more about crickets.

4. Friendship, loyalty, honesty, family, respect for elders, freedom, and home are themes that can be found in The Cricket in Times Square. Have your students explore these themes in writing, interviews, and group discussions. Here are some specific ideas to get you started:

Home
While Chester is enjoying his time in New York City, he yearns to return to his home in Connecticut. For Tucker and Harry, home is not just a drainpipe in the Time Square subway station, but all of the streets of New York City. All of us have our own concept of home. Have students conduct interviews about what home means. They can interview a relative, a teacher, a student from another class, or one of the characters from The Cricket in Times Square. They should report on their findings and compile a class list identifying the most often mentioned characteristics of what home means.

See Page 48: Freedom
Mario felt good when he bought the cricket cage for Chester, but Chester felt as if he was in jail. When Harry opened the cage for him, he jumped out proclaiming, "It's a relief to be free. There's nothing like freedom." We rarely consider how a pet or an animal in the zoo feels about confinement. Conduct a group discussion on the subject of putting animals in cages. What are the pros and what are the cons?

5.The three friends have unique characteristics. Have your students make a chart of them. The chart should include those traits that are particular to each type of animal and those traits that are out of the ordinary. An example of an unusual characteristic is that the animals can understand the humans' spoken language.

6. Many of the scenes in The Cricket in Times Square are so vivid it seems as if they are being acted out right in front of you. This makes "Readers Theater" a perfect activity for your class. Pick chapters from the book that have lots of dialogue. Try Chapter 8, "Tucker's Life Savings," or Chapter 10, "The Dinner Party." Rewrite the chapter into play form, with stage directions and character speaking parts. Different groups of students can take turns acting out the scenes. They can even make scenery. Be sure to remind them they are acting as a mouse, a cat, or a cricket, and they should adjust their voices and mannerisms accordingly.

7. As your students read The Cricket in Times Square they will notice that life in America was quite different fifty years ago. For example, Mario is allowed to ride the New York City subway all by himself. Can your students imagine that their parents would permit them to do that? Have your students find other examples of how things are different now. Why are they different? Are kids less responsible now? Is it more dangerous now? Do people have different values? What about technology: How has it made the world safer or more dangerous?

8. Chester's musical repertoire includes operatic arias, concertos, popular music, hymns, marches, and folk music. The Bellinis enjoy it all. Use the music scenes to introduce the music that is mentioned in The Cricket in Times Square to your students. Play some of it in the classroom. Have the children close their eyes,the way Papa Bellini does, while they listen. What do your students imagine while listening? They can respond to the music by drawing, painting, or writing. If you do not have musical recordings, check what's available online.

9. Tucker tells Harry and Chester, "New York is a place where the people are willing to pay for talent." As Chester's manager, it is Tucker's job to promote Chester's performances. What better way to do this than with billboard advertising right in Times Square subway station? Have your students design posters for Chester's next recital at the Bellini's newsstand.

10. The Cricket in Times Square Quiz Show is a great way to test your students' knowledge of the book and have fun at the same time. We have provided sixteen questions to start, arranged in order of difficulty. You can change the order, edit the questions, or add your own questions to suit your students' needs. Answers to the questions are included, but use your judgment to decide whether a question is answered correctly. We suggest giving the students thirty seconds to write down their answers, but you might want to tailor the timing.

You'll need a supply of 4 x 6 index cards for each student and a timer. Have them stand at their desks ready to write their answers on the cards. Read a question and give the students the allotted time to write down an answer. When time is called, the children hold up their cards with theirs responses. Check the cards. Children with correct answers remain standing. Children with incorrect answers sit down and are out of the quiz. (Be sure to collect unused cards for further use.) Continue with the quiz until there is only one student standing. He/she is the winner.

Quiz Show questions:
1. In what New York City subway station does Tucker live?
2. How did Chester end up in New York City?
3. Why didn't Mama Bellini want Mario to keep a cricket as a pet?
4. In what country were Mario's parents born?
5. Why didn't Chester want to blame the missing two-dollar bill on the janitor or a stranger?
6. What is Chester's special talent?
7. What kind of leaf is Chester fond of eating?
8. How did the fire in the newsstand start?
A. Mario was playing with matches.
B. Harry lit a fire to keep warm.
C. Tucker knocked over a box of matches.
9. In what season does the novel take place?
10. Why did Mama Bellini insist that Mario work to pay back the missing two dollars?
A. He's the one who spent the money.
B. His pet ate the money.
C. He's the one who lost the money.
11. Where did Mario go to buy a cricket cage?
12. How did Tucker come to Mario's rescue?
13. What magazine did Mr. Smedley buy at the newsstand every month?
14. Who put out the fire in the newsstand? How did he know there was a fire?
15. What kind of music does Papa Bellini like to listen to?
16. What song is Mama's Bellini's favorite?

ANSWERS:
1. Times Square subway station
2. He was trapped in a picnic basket that ended up on a train to Grand Central
Station.
3. She thought bugs carry germs.
4. Italy
5. Chester was honest and felt he should take responsibility.
6. Chester can chirp beautiful music.
7. Mulberry leaves
8. Summer
9. C. Tucker knocked over a box of matches.
10. B. His pet ate the money.
11. Chinatown
12. Tucker used his life savings to help pay back the missing money.
13. Musical America
14. Paul the conductor. He smelled smoke and heard the alarm that Chester made.
15. Italian opera
16. "Come Back to Sorrento"

11. In 1960, Advise and Consent by Allen Drury and Hawaii by James A. Michener were the top-selling books; Psycho and Spartacus were box-office favorites; westerns ruled the television airways with Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and Have Gun--Will Travel; The Flintstones premiered on television; the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" was playing on the radio; Elvis was discharged from the Army; JFK was elected President of the United States; and The Cricket in Times Square was published. Fifty years later, The Cricket in Times Square is still a favorite with young readers. What makes this book a classic? Many of your students' parents have read this book when they were children. Have your students talk about it with their parents. Then open up a class discussion about why they think this book has such lasting powers.

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    Awesome Book

    I ? this book. This book was hilarius in some parts and I really like the idea of having animals interact with each other. It's a really great book, especially 4 4th grders. Have fun reading!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    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. And for those that know the sweet tale of Chester finding himself in a foreign land (at least for him), listening to the story will be a treat. No one will be disappointed!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Good book

    My students read this classic novel in class for a reading assignment.
    I purchased this in audio format to train my students to hear, to grasp reading comprehension in a different form.
    Students really enjoyed reading this book. There are many life lessons that will help motivate the hidden talent within.
    Also, how true friendship allows one to stick together, even in mistakes...... work out any problem to create a stronger bond in friendship.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    The Cricket in Times Square Review

    When I read this book it was amazing with the humorous Tucker, musician Chester and soft-hearted Harry. This book is a book of three talented friends who try to get their country cricket back to his home. This book is awesome! (Every book I've read has an animal in it. At least every chapter book.)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    WHAT A BOOK!!

    When I read this book I thought it was great.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    Cricket In Times Square

    The book Cricket In Times Square is truly a young readers masterpiece. The book takes place in New Yok City wher anything can happen. The story startswith a poor newstand family trying to make ends meet. The only child a son named Mario is selling newspapers late one Saturday when he hears a noise. The noise he hears turns out to be a cricket. Mario turns the cricket into his pet. During the day this cricket acts normal, but when the family leaves the cricket whose name turns out to be Chester meets two friends Tucker mouse, and Harry cat. Together this trio meet at night. Everything goes nice for Chester until strange acidents start to happen because of him. Chester starts to feel as if he is bad luck to Mario, and his family. Chester though figures out how he can save the bankrupt family. Chester also meets more facinating characters along the way.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2010

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    I am a 6th Grade Student in Glendale, AZ.

    The book that I read ''The Cricket in Times Square'' has lots of characters such as the protagonists- Chester the cricket, Tucker the mouse, and Harry the cat. But, some of the minor characters are interesting too. Like, Mario the boy that found Chester, and Mario's parents. Now I will tell you more about these characters. First off Chester the cricket first lived in Connecticut. He traveled from Connecticut to New York City in a picnic basket! Now, Tucker the Broadway mouse lives in New York City in a pipe. He meets Chester after Mario puts him in their newsstand they own. Tucker's pal Harry the cat met Chester the same night as Tucker of course because he and Tucker are best pals. Along with Mario {The young boy who found Chester in a pile of dirt and dust on the floor outside} who found Chester and put him in a match box where he slept in the newsstand. Last but not least with the characters, Mario's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bellini. At first they would not let Mario keep Chester but, finally they did. Only if he kept him outside in the newsstand, which he did. This might seem good to you but, this is bad. The bad ''thing'' is that Chester has a talent of music when he chirps. He can chirp to any music that he hears. So, every night and day people surround him. {He becomes famous}. When this famous idea comes up Chester feels like he needs to have a break from fame and fortune. So, instead he goes back to Connecticut. He says his goodbyes and tries to have the best night he can have. Finally, he's off and gone. This story doesn't have its time but, I do know where it takes place. A microscopic part of this story takes place in Connecticut. But, most of the story takes place in the one and only New York City. The books theme of this story is about you might have every thing you want doesn't mean it's better than what you had before. It also means being home is the best place to be in your life. I liked this story very much it had great details and didn't get dry as much as other books do. I would have to say 1-5 stars I would give it 4 stars because it had great details but sometimes it got a little dry. This story ''The Cricket in Times Square'' related to my life because one time I had all these new, ''cool'' friends and I thought they were better than my old friends. But, I got tired and bored with my new friends so I told my old friends that I was sorry and became friends again. This book reminds me of a phrase that I've heard before. '' It may look better from your view but once you get there it's worth nothing.'' A book that is related to this book is The Notebook because a young girl leaves her true love and moves on but realizes that the other man she left was the better one. I recommend if you have free time to read The Cricket in Times Square.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2014

    Wow.

    I had to choose a novel I had never read for a school project, and my choices were Holes, War Horse, The Tale of Desperaux, The Wipping Boy, Hatchet, and this book. It was way better than I had expected. I had already read the first three books on the list, and my friends said The Wipping Boy was confusing, and some said Hatchet was boring, so I guess I made a good choice. A must-read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Awsome

    Amazing book! I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    Opposites attract

    If a cat, a mouse and a cricket can get along, any group of kids can too. This book expresses that very thing and it's a wonderful book that all should read.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    W WHOA

    the book was probly the best i have ever read. Itwas the most fantastic book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    My son read a chapter during onw of his reading classes and fell

    My son read a chapter during onw of his reading classes and fell in love with just one chapter. We bought the book and he read it so quickly and loved it that he read it twice. This book is well written and catches the attention of it audience and allows the reader to utilize his imagination to appreciate the characters and the story more. I highly recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2015

    My little boy enjoys this audio book!

    I got this for my little boy to have a few audio books for home. He has really enjoyed this--we first heard this when we checked it out from our local library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    It is a fun story :)

    I thought it is a very cool way to see the animals point of view

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2014

    Great so far

    Reading @ school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

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    Posted July 21, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Cricket

    This is a great book I highly reccomd it. It is a story about a cricket that came from conneticut and is now i n new york. He is caught by a boy named mario and he befrendes a mouse named tucker and a cat named Harry. Together the friends will go through many adventures.
    By.......,.............Bella


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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    This is a very good book because it is very adventurous and inte

    This is a very good book because it is very adventurous and interesting.  I like the story Chester tells about getting to Times Square. Another interesting story is when Chester is having a dinner party and the news stand catches on fire.  I like most of the characters because they are nice.  My favorite characters are Mario, Chester and Harry Cat.

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