The Cool Crazy Crickets to the Rescue

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Leo, Phoebe, Miranda, and Marcus, the friendly neighborhood kids (and Noodles the dog, their mascot) who started the club featured in THE COOL CRAZY CRICKETS, are back for a second book of easy-to-read adventures. On a quest for summer pocket money, they’re busy little-brother-sitting, pet-sitting, and running a lemonade stand. But when a one-eyed stray cat needs their help, will all their hard work be for nothing? The Crickets and their exploits — humorously illustrated by Paul Meisel — will have beginning ...

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Overview

Leo, Phoebe, Miranda, and Marcus, the friendly neighborhood kids (and Noodles the dog, their mascot) who started the club featured in THE COOL CRAZY CRICKETS, are back for a second book of easy-to-read adventures. On a quest for summer pocket money, they’re busy little-brother-sitting, pet-sitting, and running a lemonade stand. But when a one-eyed stray cat needs their help, will all their hard work be for nothing? The Crickets and their exploits — humorously illustrated by Paul Meisel — will have beginning readers jumping to join this cool crazy club!

An introduction to the cooking of Vietnam featuring such recipes as spring rolls, sweet and sour soup, and Vietnamese fried rice. Also includes information about the land, history, and holidays of this south-east Asian country.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
The Cool Crazy Crickets are back in another summertime adventure aimed at emerging readers, age six to eight. Four friends—-Phoebe, Miranda, Marcus, and Leo—-have a great neighborhood club. The kids even have a canine mascot, Noodles. The one thing they do not have is dues. Which seemed like a good idea until they all want snacks from Mr. Lee's store and their pocket change comes up short. To solve the cash-flow problem, the Cool Crazy Crickets decide to go on a quest to make money for future club activities—-and buying snacks, of course. The first money-making scheme is baby-sitting Marcus' baby brother, Teddy. This leads to other ventures, such as pet-sitting an extra-large puppy called Tiny, and running a corner lemonade stand. Their snack fund is soon fully-funded. But when a stray cat needs their help, the club members face a tough decision. How will they spend their cash? Kids will enjoy finding out. The four friends' funny shenanigans, the lively black-and-white spot drawings, and the heart-warming ending told in this affordable paperback are just right for the beginning reader. So are the length of the text (fifty-six pages divided into four manageably-sized chapters), dialogue, vocabulary, and storyline action. This is a perfect choice for summer reading! Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Three attractive titles in an extensively revised series. In each volume, the front matter comprises close to half the book. Geography, history, holidays and festivals, typical ingredients, and sample menus are all covered. Safety tips are also included (with no mention of adult supervision), as are tips for healthful cooking. Each book presents about 20 recipes, mostly focusing on lunch, dinner, and holiday foods. A number of recipes are vegetarian, and several seem to be low in fat (although nutrition information is not included). Skills needed cover a fairly large range, from easy to difficult, such as working with phyllo dough (Greek) or making yeast bread (Norwegian). The narrative pieces are smoothly written and offer some interesting tidbits. The authors are either natives or have some family connection to the country under discussion. The pages are a warm buff color, and the design allows plenty of space on the page for the text and the nicely reproduced color photos. All in all, these are good resources for reports and for older kids who want to add something new to their cooking for family or friends.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763646585
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,001,280
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Elliott says that his sister really does have a cat with one eye and that she was the inspiration for the cat in this story (the cat, not the sister).

Paul Meisel’s warm and whimsical style is well known, both through his many years of editorial work for the New York Times and the numerous children’s books he has illustrated, including HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CAT by Jean Craighead George. Paul Meisel spends his days drawing in his "clubhouse" in Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, three sons, and their "mascot," Rusty, a Brittany spaniel.

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