The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends #1)

by George Selden (Author) Garth Williams (Illustrator)

The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends #1)

An updated version of the timeless children's classic featuring a business-savvy mouse, a kind alley cat, and a talented country cricket, featuring a new foreword and revisions by YA author Stacey Lee.

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. The trio have many adventures--from taking in the sights and sounds of Broadway to escaping a smoky fire. Chester makes a third friend, too. It is a boy, Mario, who rescues Chester from a dusty corner of the subway station and brings him to live in the safety of his parents' newsstand. He hopes at first to keep Chester as a pet, but Mario soon understands that the cricket is more than that. Because Chester has a hidden talent and no one--not even Chester himself--realizes that the little country cricket may just be able to teach even the toughest New Yorkers a thing or two.

The Cricket in Times Square is George Selden at his best, and the new illustrations and interior images by Garth Williams make this edition a special treat.

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The story of a musical cricket and his friends, a mouse and a cat of real character, who took up their abode in a Times Square newsstand...Most appealing whimsy with beautiful illustrations by Garth Williams.

Copyright School Library Journal LLC, Used with permission.

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This book was really good

This book is really good because Cricket was a good friend to his friend cat and this book was interesting.

George Selden

George Selden (1929-1989) fue el autor de Un grillo en Times Square, ganador de la Mención de Honor Newbery en 1961 y un clásico de la literatura infantil. A menudo, la gente le preguntaba a Selden cómo se le había ocurrido la idea de escribir Un grillo en Times Square. "Una noche volvía a casa en el metro, y realmente oí el canto de un grillo en la estación de metro de Times Square. La historia se formó en mi mente en cuestión de minutos". La popular serie "Chester Grillo y sus amigos" llegó a tener siete títulos, incluidos Tucker Countryside y The Old Meadow.

Garth Williams (1912-1996) ilustró los siete libros de Cheste Grillo y muchas otras obras distinguidas como Stuart Little, La telaraña de Carlota y la serie "La casa de la pradera" de Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Stacey Lee es una galardonada escritora de ficción juvenil histórica y contemporánea cuyos libros han llegado a la lista de libros más vendidos del New York Times. Sus libros han sido seleccionados para la lista Amelia Bloomer en la categoría de ficción feminista, así como para la YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults List y los New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens. Oriunda del sur de California y cuarta generación sinoestadounidense, es una de los fundadores del movimiento We Need Diverse Books [Necesitamos Libros Diversos] y escribe historias para todos los niños (hasta para aquellos que lucen como adultos). Encuéntrala en @staceyleeauthor en Instagram y Twitter.

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Guided Reading Level
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publication date
May 20, 2022
Chester Cricket and His Friends
BISAC categories
JUV002140 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Insects, Spiders, etc.
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV023000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
Library of Congress categories
Honor Book

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