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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

#76. The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, illustrated by Garth Williams
First in the Chester Cricket series

Pages: 151
Finished: Sept. 18, 2007
Reason for Reading: read aloud to my 7yo.
First Published: 1960
Genre: children's fiction, animal fantasy
Awards: Newbery Honor Book
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

A mouse was looking at Mario.

Comments: I have read this book several times now and I still get a little teary-eyed at the end. A warm, gentle story that entertains kids and adults. My 7yo enjoyed the book though it is not a page-turner but more a slow-paced, heart-warming book. One where the characters become your friends. The language is wonderfully descriptive and memorable. Every time I pick this book up I start to remember the scenes of the old Chinese man at the store in China Town. I can't talk about the book without mentioning the illustrations. Written in a time when children's novels were always illustrated, Garth Williams pictures are fabulous. He is one of my favourite illustrators and I'm very likely to read a book simple because he's done the illustrations. Selden went on to write several sequels to this novel, of which I've only read one other "Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride". My son and I look forward to reading some of the others and meeting up with these friends again.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book when I listened to it on tape earlier this year. It is very easy going. I didn't know there were sequels. I will have to check my library for them.