The Cricket in Times Square (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Cricket in Times Square (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by George Selden

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Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he’d seen it all. But he’s never met a cricket before, which really isn’t surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City—the Times Square subway station. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He’d be there still


Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he’d seen it all. But he’s never met a cricket before, which really isn’t surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City—the Times Square subway station. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He’d be there still if he hadn’t followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone’s picnic basket. Now, like any tourist in the city, he wants to look around. And he could not have found two better guides—and friends—than Tucker and Harry.

Editorial Reviews

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

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Demco Media
Publication date:
Chester Cricket and His Friends Series
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.25(d)
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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>An Excerpt from The Cricket in Times Square

      The three of them jumped down to the floor. The crack in the side of the
      newsstand was just wide enough for Harry to get through. As they crossed
      the station floor, Tucker pointed out the local sights of interest such
      as the Nedick's lunch counter—Tucker spent a lot of time around there—and
      the Loft's candy store. Then they came to the drain pipe. Chester had to
      make short hops to keep from hitting his heed as they went up. There seemed
      to be hundreds of twistings and turnings and many other pipes that opened
      off the main route, but Tucker Mouse knew his way perfectly—even in the
      dark. At last Chester saw light above them. One more hop brought him out
      onto the sidewalk and there he gasped.

      They were standing at one corner of the Times building, which is the south
      end of Times Square. Above the cricket, towers that seemed like mountains
      of light rose up into the night sky. Even this late the neon signs were
      still blazing. Reds, blues, greens, and yellows flashed down on him. And
      the air was full of the roar oftraffic and the hum of human beings. It
      was as if Times Square were a kind of shell, with colors and noises breaking
      in great waves inside it. Chester's heart hurt him and he closed his eyes.
      The sight was too terrible and beautiful for a cricket who up to now had
      measure high things by the heights of his willow tree and sounds by the
      burble of a running brook.

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.

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The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
xonikkibabiox More than 1 year ago
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!
Dett-29 More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book was probly the best i have ever read. Itwas the most fantastic book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book I thought it was great.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Delightful reading! Recommend it! Get it now! Great fifteen capter book! Won't regret it!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Is this a good book for a cat lover in middle school
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always wanted to go to New York and this story tells me all about it.Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books as a kid. So much so, I selected a scene from the story to create (with mucho help from Mom 'cuz you never reveal an assignment is due until last minute) a diorama for a class project.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If yiu like animlas or animal books you should read the kittty corner books and the puppy place books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 3rd grade and loved it. It is a great book to read and I deeply recommened people to read this book. I would read this book all the time if I could.
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It sounds funny
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it is a very cool way to see the animals point of view
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading @ school.
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Elise1 More than 1 year ago
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.