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The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square

Chester Cricket and His Friends (Volume 1)

George Selden; Illustrated by Garth Williams

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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Newbery Honor Book

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 for lively listening and humorous entertainment. And somehow, they manage to bring a taste of success to the nearly bankrupt newsstand.

Join Chester Cricket and his friends in this classic children's book by George Selden, with illustrations by Garth Williams. The Cricket in Times Square is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book.

Audie Award Finalist, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Newbery Honor Book, ALA Notable Children's Books, GRAMMY Nominee: Best Spoken Word Album for Children, AudioFile Best Audiobooks, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List

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The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from George Selden's classic children's book The Cricket in Times Square, read my Tony Shalhoub. 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

Praise for The Cricket in Times Square

“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.” —Starred, School Library Journal -

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George Selden; Illustrated by Garth Williams

George Selden (1929-1989) was the author of A Cricket in Times Square, winner of the 1961 Newbery Honor and a timeless children's classic. The popular Cricket series grew to seven titles, including Tucker's Countryside and The Old Meadow. In 1973, The Cricket in Times Square was made into an animated film. Selden lived in New York City until his death in December 1989. He enjoyed music, archaeology, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Garth Williams illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other distinguished works, including Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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George Selden

Garth Williams

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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