The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square After Chester lands in the Times Square subway station he makes himself comfortable in a nearby newsstand There he has the good fortune to make three new friends Mario a little boy whose parents r

  • Title: The Cricket in Times Square
  • Author: George Selden Garth Williams
  • ISBN: 9780374316501
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After Chester lands, in the Times Square subway station, he makes himself comfortable in a nearby newsstand There, he has the good fortune to make three new friends Mario, a little boy whose parents run the falling newsstand, Tucker, a fast talking Broadway mouse, and Tucker s sidekick, Harry the Cat The escapades of these four friends in bustling New York City makes foAfter Chester lands, in the Times Square subway station, he makes himself comfortable in a nearby newsstand There, he has the good fortune to make three new friends Mario, a little boy whose parents run the falling newsstand, Tucker, a fast talking Broadway mouse, and Tucker s sidekick, Harry the Cat The escapades of these four friends in bustling New York City makes for lively listening and humorous entertainment And somehow, they manage to bring a taste of success to the nearly bankrupt newsstand.The Cricket in Times Square is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book.

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    1. All of us writers have so much to learn from this book. If you are not a writer, skip this paragraph. If you are, or aspire to be, a writer, try this exercise: 1. Type out the first few paragraphs of A Cricket in Times Square as you read them. Feel the music in your fingers. Feel the light quickness of the sentences. 2. Turn to the end of the book (if you have read it before!), and type out the last few paragraphs. Take a moment to feel it again. You have just felt in your own fingers a little b [...]

    2. I remember my third grade teacher reading this book aloud to us every day after lunch, and I remember really enjoying it, but I could barely remember the main characters when I recently picked it up again! I fell in love with it while reading it this time, it's such a charming story. I love this kind of children's book - a self-contained book with appealing characters you root for, amusing escapades, a unique and distinct setting that you grow to know and understand, and an overarching plot that [...]

    3. 3.5 stars. Would have been higher but for the kind of painful portrayal of two Chinese gentleman and of Mario's mother; they felt rather like stereotypes.This was one of my favourite stories as a kid. I read this and "Tucker's Countryside" several times over. The characters are gentle and kind, even somewhat greedy Tucker mouse. Harry cat remains sleek and cool on this reread, which doesn't surprise me as that's what cats are.

    4. Charming, sweet, and endearing . . . a timeless juvenile classic celebrating friendship, and learning to embrace challenges by working together to rise above adversity - but yet staying true to one's roots.

    5. I loved this book when I was a kid. It's a good book to read right now (early September) because it ends in September. (According to the book, crickets chirp most in late summer. This book spans from the beginning of summer to September.) It is also a good book to read if you are planning a trip to New York City, or even Connecticut (Chester's original home.)The Chinese man's accent is just awful and I cleaned it up when I read this book aloud to my son, but basically it has a good depiction of [...]

    6. A lot to like (loved the scenes that depicted NYC in all its glory), but several instances where characters' actions rang a sour note. They acted one way for chapter upon chapter then said or did something that rang completely untrue. Took you out of the story. In a way, it felt almost like a talented self-published author's first publication. There was a lot to like but it was marred by several glaring mistakes that should have been instantly recognizable.

    7. Really glad to give this a reread. I read it in grade school, far away from NYC, long before I thought of living here. (Tangentially, I bought this copy at Half Price Books near Iowa City.) I know that absolutely none of the details of New York came through for me then, because they were entirely outside my frame of reference, so I was really curious about them now.Well, 4 stars for the New Yorkiness! It really does a great job, and feels really accurate. A lot of the environment is completely r [...]

    8. It would seem churlish to give this book two stars, but three seems generous. It's a pleasant enough diversion, I suppose, apart from its plausibility problems: Chester Cricket ends up travelling from Connecticut to Times Square in a picnic basket, gets claimed by a kid whose folks run a newsstand in the train station, and befriends a mouse who's a bit of a hustler (Tucker, the closest thing to an interesting character in the book) and a quiet, feral (in name only; he acts anything but feral) ca [...]

    9. My wife and I are currently reading this book out loud to our little rascally offspring. When we started, I had a dim memory of the book from when I first read it as a child, ages ago. Selden's style and story stand both the test of time and the test of multi-generational readability. Cricket is a delightful book, written with a gentle touch that shows both affection for the characters and readers. The characters, Chester the cricket, Tucker the mouse, Mario the little Italian news stand boy, et [...]

    10. This book was dated, written in the 50s I believe, so the old Chinese man in Chinatown spoke with an "l" in lieu of "r"s ("velly" instead of "very", etc.). That was a bit on the not-so-good side and brought this book down a star, but the rest of the book was really quite sweet. There was one scene where I was actually tearing up, but mostly because I was imagining that scene actually happening, that people would all unite in silence and peace at the same moment, and be as one. It was really movi [...]

    11. This is definitely meant for a younger reader, maybe 2-4th grades, but I thought it was such a cute, sweet story of friendship. Reminds me of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little.

    12. A cricket, a mouse, and a cat are an unlikely trio--but that's the primary cast of friendy characters in this book. Chester Cricket is from the country and accidentally ends up in the Times Square subway station in Manhatten. It's there that he meets spunky Tucker the mouse and quiet Harry the cat. Chester is found by Mario, a younf boy who works at his parents newstand. Surrounded by new friends, Chester is excited to see new sights and experience new things. And his friends are thrilled to fin [...]

    13. Because the Owlet fell in love with Trumpet of the Swan (we read it five times in a row!) I bought her this for Christmas. After one more go round with E.B. White we dove in, me hoping to prove that there is more than one good chapter book in the world. There is.Now I just need a third gentle, excellent chapter book about anthropomorphized animals who are musically inclined.

    14. I remember reading this as a child and really enjoying it. When I saw the audio on overdrive, I decided that I wanted to revisit the story. And while I wasn't as enchanted by it as I remember my younger self being, it was still an enjoyable story. Chester Cricket ends up in the Times Square subway station after being carried from his home in Connecticut. Here he meets Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat. The three become fast friends and adventures take place. They cam also be quite humorous, particularl [...]

    15. This was a childhood favorite (I still own my original copy!) and I re-read it both to pass off a reading challenge category and because I'd been wanting to remind myself of the story. The cuteness of the story held up well. The only thing that didn't hold up was the stereotyped and possibly racist characterization of Mario and Chester's Chinese friend.

    16. For 9-13-ish. I didn't like this book because it was sad when Chester left. It also was sad when Chester stopped giving performances. I think it was cute how the trio of animals kept on having parties even if the humans knew they were.

    17. The Cricket in Times Square was one of my favorite books I've read. The book is about a cricket who finds his life in Times Square. Chester is the cricket's name. He is originally from Connecticut, but he got on a wrong train. Also, in the book, there is this kid named Mario. Mario finds Chester in his parent's shop. Mario's mother wants him out, but Mario's father things that Mario should keep Chester. During his adventure in Times Square, he meets Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat. Tucker and Harry a [...]

    18. Oh no! A poor cricket by the name of chester ends up in time square away from his home.But lucky for him a boy named Mario found him and took care of him in a news stand were Chester discovers his true talent.The Cricket in Times Square is a great book that follows the point of view of Chester the cricket and his two friends Harry the cat and Tucker the mouse.I enjoy how it shows detail in every day New York life at the subway and on the streets.I also enjoy how they tie in a Chinese culture in [...]

    19. Reader thoughts: This really reminds me of Charlotte's Web. It had the creature who felt new and alone (Wilbur/Chester), and creatures who wanted to help (Charlotte and Templeton / Harry and Tucker). It has a family who is poor but friendly toward animals, and the new animal (pig / cricket) becomes famous because of the help of the animal friends.I liked this book better, actually, plot wise. It has a happy ending, Chester has actual talent not just a cool spider web. It is set in the middle of [...]

    20. This is a fun book, and captured the imagination of my five-year old more than Stewart Little, another story with a talking mouse, perhaps Disney inspired, which is hampered by a heavy load of specialized/period vocabulary. Both books (Stewart Little is earlier) involve a departure from NYC: Stewart, who is born there, goes upstate in search of adventure and a bird he has a crush on; while Chester Cricket, the main protagonist of this novel, is a Connecticut native who inadvertently finds himsel [...]

    21. I love this sweet little adventure of a country cricket coming into New York City and making new friends. The group of three friends live in Grand Central Train Station and help out a struggling family who own a newsstand. Their conversations are quite humorous! A delightful story for a wide variety of ages and the art work by Garth Williams make the characters come alive! Must read for all elementary school aged children.Find The Cricket in Times Square at the Westminster Public Library!

    22. Apparently I am not as coldhearted as I thought, because I have loved yet another animal story! I think I especially loved The Cricket in Times Square for the way the animals interact with the humans, without the humans knowing it. But overall, I blame S.D. Smith's The Green Ember for even getting me to read animal stories and I think I'm almost ready for Watership Down.This book was excellent. A must-read family read aloud! I ignored this book for years--don't be like me: read it!

    23. Sweet story of friendship in a whimsical old-fashion Times Square way. Chester, a cricket from Connecticut, finds himself carried to New York, and is lucky enough to become the pet of Mario Bellini and live in the family newsstand. The story is about Chester's time making friends with a mouse and a cat, and becoming famous through the music he plays. The summer he spends in New York is memorable, but he longs for his rural life up north. This is a great read-aloud book, and can go on with the ot [...]

    24. 3.5 starsThis was a cute story. It seemed like the overall narrative took a while to get going, but that's not to say it dragged in the meantime. I liked how the massiveness of the city was portrayed, while at the same time, the intimacy of the one place and the few people that Chester cricket truly cared for.

    25. 4.0 This was one of those books that brings back good childhood memories. Nostalgia may make me rate this higher than it should be but it was cute and filled with a heartwarming story. Sometimes it is nice to read a story that isn't filled with angst or major conflict. My youngest son said he would give it 5 stars because it was a good story and he loved the cricket.

    26. I don't know how I missed this one when I was a kid. It was charming and sweet. Also, I hate to admit this this but it has been quite some time since I read a kid's chapter book and I really need to read more of them this year. There are a whole bunch of classics I have not picked up.

    27. One of those classic 60s NYC children's novels. It's a wonder they don't kill the cricket with all of the junk food that they feed it🙄

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