Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse

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George Selden (1929-89) wrote many highly acclaimed children's books, including the Newbery Honor Book The Cricket in Times Square. Garth Williams (1912-96) illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other works, including Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web.

"In a prequel to the classic The Cricket in Times Square and other beloved stories of animal denizens of New York City, Selden recounts the ...

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Overview

New editions of old favorites.

George Selden (1929-89) wrote many highly acclaimed children's books, including the Newbery Honor Book The Cricket in Times Square. Garth Williams (1912-96) illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other works, including Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web.

"In a prequel to the classic The Cricket in Times Square and other beloved stories of animal denizens of New York City, Selden recounts the first days of the friendship of two of his major characters, beginning almost as far back as they can remember. Lightly plotted . . . the book's charm lies in the affectionate glow of the developing friendship and Selden's adeptly whimsical conversations and descriptions." (Starred, Kirkus Reviews)

"The characters . . . are as vibrant and joyful as they ever were. Added to Tucker and Harry's comic escapades, as they search for a home, are Williams's wonderfully expressive black-and-white illustrations." (Publishers Weekly)

A hungry mouse and a lonely kitten become friends and seek adventure and fortune together in the streets and subways of New York City.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this prequel to the Newbery Honor book The Cricket in Times Square, "the characters of these quintessential New Yorkers are as vibrant and joyful as they ever were," wrote PW. Ages 8-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this delightful prequel to the Newberry Honor Book, The Cricket in Times Square, Selden recounts the blossoming friendship between the two main characters. The story begins with Tucker Mouse divining inspiration from Merry Tucker's Home-Baked Goods to choose his name. Tucker then meets his unlikely friend in an alley where they start a beautiful friendship over a shared ham-and-cheese sandwich. Harry and Tucker set out to find a home beneath the streets of New York City. After checking out the city docks and Gramercy Park, the duo set their sights on Times Square. They find their new digs in a pipe by the subway station, sheltered from the hustle-bustle above. Tucker delights in his hobby of collecting things. The friends remain settled and content until a trio of rats threatens to move in on their territory. With brute strength and cunning, Harry and Tucker convince the rats to retreat to their garbage can. Selden's clever dialogue and Williams's whimsical drawings add to the book's charm. 2001 (orig. 1986), Farrar Straus and Giroux, $5.95. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Julie Steinberg
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Gr 1-4 A tiny New York City mouse longs for a name and a home, finds both, and makes a friend. This early history of Tucker Mouse and Harry Kitten, that well-loved couple from The Cricket in Times Square (Farrar, 1960) and other books, will attract new, younger readers in this attractive large format book. The story is not as compelling reading as the first books, but never mind. For example, Tucker and Harry become friends at Harry's encouragement in order not to make life worse for each other by fightingphilosophically admirable, but dramatically ineffective. However, in the end the two show their old moxie in an exciting confrontation with three tough rats. Dialogue, rather than action, is at the fore, which limits the book's movement. It's a little slow, but children should still enjoy the characters; the pictures in the familiar Williams style, beautifully inked and sharply contrasted against the milky-bright pages with wide margins and eye-easy type; and the humorous dust jacket. Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, Va.
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"From the wryly humorous opening, in which the infant Tucker Mouse chooses his name, to the satisfying warmth of Tucker and Harry's defense of their drainpipe home in Times Square, the characters...are as vibrant and joyful as ever...Wonderfully expressive black-and-white illustrations." —Publishers Weekly

"A splendid prequel to The Cricket in Times Square." —The Horn Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440401247
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/1988
  • Series: Chester Cricket and His Friends Series
  • Pages: 81
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.61 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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George Selden (1929-89) wrote many highly acclaimed children's books, including the Newbery Honor Book The Cricket in Times Square.

Garth Williams (1912-96) illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other works, including Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    Urrrrrrr

    My clan my hunting grounds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Welxome to sun clan

    Look at res one kittens to see how to join sun clan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    May 14th 2014

    This September i'm making a movie about Harry cat & Tucker mouse based on the same book.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    cute tale

    Another in the "Chester Cricket and Friends" series by George Selden Thompson which began with The Cricket in Times Square, this "prequel" tells the story of how Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat (then Harry Kitten) first met, began their relationship together, and found a home in the subway station at Times Square. Like Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride, it is not a chapter book but a single story intended for younger children. There is nothing objectionable, and it is a cute tale.

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    Posted April 29, 2010

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