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The Cricket in Times Square
Contributor(s): Selden, George (Author), Williams, Garth (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0374316503     ISBN-13: 9780374316501
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 1960
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Annotation: The comic, sometimes tragic side of life in the city is brought into vivid relief as Chester Cricket and his friends struggle to bring success to their human friends' nearly bankrupt newsstand.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Classics
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 60012640
Age Level: 8-11
Grade Level: 3-6
Lexile Measure: 780(Not Available)
Series: Chester Cricket and His Friends
Physical Information: 0.64" H x 6.26" W x 9.42" (0.76 lbs) 144 pages
Themes:
- Locality - New York, N.Y.
- Geographic Orientation - New York
- Cultural Region - Mid-Atlantic
- Cultural Region - Northeast U.S.
Features: Dust Cover, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Awards: Newbery Medal, Honor Book, Children's, 1961
Review Citations: People Weekly 07/28/2008 pg. 51
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 22
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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.

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