The Great Cricket Picket

The Great Cricket Picket


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The Great Cricket Picket by Nathan Tafoya, Melissa Bastow

The Great Cricket Picket is a rhyming insect adventure featuring: a kicked cricket, a protest, snoring, and a cookie.

In this humorous story written by Nathan Tafoya and illustrated by Melissa Bastow, bugs join forces and stand up to a boy when he hurts one of their own. The Great Cricket Picket is also a great conversational starter for parents and educators looking to discuss bullying, tolerance, and consequences in general.

CLICK HERE to watch the promotional video on YouTube!

This fast-paced tale also has a digital book app adaptation created by author Nathan Tafoya.

The interactive book app is available on iOS & Android platforms & it features:

- Read To Me/Read By Myself options

- Narration with highlighted text

- Custom music & animations on every page

- A maze

- Memory games

- Puzzles

- A coloring exercise

Parents supplementing the traditional print edition with the book app will appreciate the combination of their child’s interactive reading experience with educational lessons & fun game-play. A FREE audio read-along companion is also available for download from respective mobile app stores, the publisher's website, and the author's website.

The storyline of The Great Cricket Picket helps children develop social, empathetic, & emotional-learning skillsets.

DON’T FORGET! On the dedication page are resources for parents, teacher, leaders, and kids to address both victims & perpetrators of bullying. Included in the resource links are helpful toolkits & how-tos as well.

From the author: I hope this book helps fight bullying, in its own, small way. I hope The Great Cricket Picket entertains children while teaching them to respect others & to be considerate. It is my hope that children exposed to this book grow up to make the world a better place, in some small part due to a story their parents read to them about bugs. I want that kind of future for my children. I want to be a part of the solution, because "any is too many."

This book is dedicated, with permission, to the memory of Steven Urry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998335209
Publisher: Nathan Tafoya
Publication date: 04/07/2017
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

Nathan is almost certainly not a dragon. He says "cheeks" instead of "cheese" for a more authentic smile. Nathan loves using humor to address difficult and uncomfortable topics. He does not like bullying of any kind. He hopes thatchildren exposed to The Great Cricket Picket grow up to make the world a better place. Nathan is married to a goddess and together, they raise their three children in the American Southwest.

I am married, I work (A LOT) from home, I don't do dishes, I sometimes get to leave my house, but I rarely shower. I'm an artist/graphic designer/business owner. Also I gave birth to four kids in just under five years. And then I waited six years, freaked out that my kids were all getting older, and then had another baby. Also, I usually wear pants. - Taken from blog

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read out loud at bedtime. The mobile app is great too. My 3.5 year-old loves the music and memory game on the app.