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Chester Cricket and His Friends

George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square received the Newbery Honor Award and has won the hearts of generations of children. Join Chester Cricket, Tucker the mouse, Harry Cat and other characters in this series of adventures around New York City and beyond. Garth Williams’ classic illustrations add extra charm to this beloved series.

  • The Old Meadow
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    • The Old Meadow

    • Chester Cricket and His Friends (Volume 7)
      George Selden; Illustrated by Garth Williams
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • Chester Cricket and his friends from the meadow have to help poor old Mr. Budd. He and his dog Dubber have to move out of their quiet corner of the Old Meadow because it has been named a historical...

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  • Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse
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    • Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse

    • Chester Cricket and His Friends (Volume 6)
      George Selden; Illustrated by Garth Williams
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • "From the wryly humorous opening, in which the infant Tucker Mouse chooses his name, to the satisfying warmth of Tucker and Harry's defense of their drainpipe home in Times Square, the characters...are as vibrant and joyful as ever...Wonderfully expressive black-and-white illustrations." --Publishers Weekly

      "A splendid prequel to The Cricket in Times Square." --The Horn Book

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  • Chester Cricket's New Home
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    • Chester Cricket's New Home

    • Chester Cricket and His Friends (Volume 5)
      George Selden; Pictures by Garth Williams
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • When two rather stout ladies sit on Chester Cricket's home in the Old Meadow, the worm-eaten stump collapses and Chester, aided by his friends, is forced to look for a new home.

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  • Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride
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    • Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride

    • Chester Cricket and His Friends (Volume 4)
      Written by George Selden; Pictures by Garth Williams
      Square Fish

    • "The fourth adventure in the Cricket in Times Square saga is aimed, through its large format and full-page illustrations, at younger readers." --Booklist

      "It's a sure bet that the new Selden/Williams fantasy will be another enduring bestseller." --Publishers Weekly

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  • Harry Cat's Pet Puppy
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    • Harry Cat's Pet Puppy

    • Chester Cricket and His Friends (Volume 3)
      George Selden; illustrated by Garth Williams
      FSG Books for Young Readers

    • Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse try to find a permanent home for a young stray puppy they have befriended. A sequel to Tucker's Countryside, from George Selden and illustrator Garth Williams.

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  • Tucker's Countryside
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    • Tucker's Countryside

    • Chester Cricket and His Friends (Volume 2)
      George Selden; Illustrated by Garth Williams
      Square Fish

    • Chester Cricket needs help. That's the message John Robin carries into the Times Square subway station where Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse live. Quickly, Chester's good friends set off on the long,...

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  • The Cricket in Times Square
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    • The Cricket in Times Square

    • Chester Cricket and His Friends (Volume 1)
      George Selden; Illustrated by Garth Williams
      Square Fish

    • A mouse, a cat, and a cricket take a bite out of the Big Apple.

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  • Un Grillo En Time Square
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    • Un Grillo En Time Square

    • Chester Cricket and His Friends (Volume 1)
      George Selden; Pictures by Garth Williams
      Square Fish

    • "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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  • Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse / Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride
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    • Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse / Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride

    • Chester Cricket and His Friends
      George Selden; Illustrated by Garth Williams
      Square Fish

    • See how Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse became friends and then soar above the city with Chester Cricket and Lulu Pigeon in these delightful companions to The Cricket in Times Square.

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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

George Selden

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. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Selden received his B.A. from Yale, where he was a member of the Elizabethan Club and contributed to the literary magazine. He spent three summer sessions at Columbia University and, after college, studied for a year in Rome on a Fulbright Scholarship. People often asked Selden how he got the idea for The Cricket in Times Square. "One night I was coming home on the subway, and I did hear a cricket chirp in the Times Square subway station. The story formed in my mind within minutes. An author is very thankful for minutes like those, although they happen all too infrequently." 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 wrote more than fifteen books, as well as two plays. His storytelling blends the marvelous with the commonplace realities of life, and it was essential to him that his animal characters display true emotions and feelings.

Photo by Marcia Johnston

George Selden

Garth Williams

Garth Williams (1912-96) illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other works, including Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web.

Garth Williams