The Cricket in Times Square--a Newbery Award runner-up in 1961--is charmingly illustrated by the well-loved Garth Williams, and the tiniest details of this elegantly spun, vividly told, surprisingly suspenseful tale will stick with children for years and years. Make sure this classic sits on the shelf of your favorite child, right next to The Wind in the Willows. (Ages 9 to 12)
A Dell Yearling book, and a runner up for the 1961 Newbery Medal.
Charming illustrations by the well-loved Garth Williams
This is a vividly told tale that will stick with children for years and years. A mouse, a cricket, and a cat help a financially beleaguered family running a news kiosk in Times Square.(Ages 9 to 12)
We just finished reading this children's classic 2 chapters at a time during the kids' bedtime. It's a sweet little story, but to me it dragged a little bit. Still, the kids enjoyed it and I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more too if I'd read it as a kid. Chester Cricket from the country in Connecticut accidentally gets trapped in a picnic basket and finds his way to the Times Square subway station where he befriends Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat. He's adopted by Mario Bellini, whose parents own a newsstand in the station. Chester's life suddenly changes when it's discovered that he has a talent for music. What will he do with his new-found fame? Adding to the charm of this simple story are wonderfully detailed illustrations.
THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE is a classic children's story. Written in the 1960's and the winner of a Newbery Honor Book award, THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE has wonderful staying power. Now, courtesy of Macmillan Young Listeners, the tale truly comes to life.
The story finds a country cricket, Chester, unwittingly stranded in New York City. After falling asleep in a picnic basket in Connecticut, he wakes up in a world that is totally different to him. He is befriended by Mario, a young boy who helps his parents run a newsstand in the subway. Chester encounters Tucker, a wizened city mouse, and his friend, Harry Cat. The two teach Chester how to live in the city and enjoy the wonders of the subway.
Soon, everyone learns of Chester's talent of recreating any music he hears, and spellbounds Mario's parents, music critics, and subway commuters alike. But Chester quickly becomes tired of the constant performing, and misses his quiet country life. Tucker and Harry do their best to ensure that Chester finds his way back home.
With the talents of Tony Shalhoub, Chester Cricket, Harry Cat, and Tucker Mouse become real characters that the listener can instantly relate to. Even though the story is about animals in a Times Square subway station, the listener gets drawn in and wants there to be a happy ending.
Mr. Shalhoub creates unique voices for each of the characters, and from the very beginning, it is easy to decipher which character is doing the speaking. I listened to the story (an unabridged production on two CDs) with my two children and they were immediately enchanted. With classical music signaling the end of each chapter, they both would shout out the next one.
For anyone not familiar with the classic tale, listening to it will be an adventure. And for those that know the sweet tale of Chester finding himself in a foreign land (at least for him), listening to the story will be a treat. No one will be disappointed!