The Cricket in Times Squareby George Seldon
Series: Chester Cricket and His Friends #1
150 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Nienna
Enjoyable children's book.
PlotChester, the Connecticut cricket, finds himself next to a Times Square newsstand, where he is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat. After Mario Bellini, son of the newsstand's owners, decides to keep Chester, the cricket and his friends have to find the one thing that will save the Bellinis' business.
MoralityGood. Friendship and generosity are two main themes. Tucker Mouse often talks as if he were miserly and selfish, but he doesn't mean it and his actions are always right.
Spiritual ContentA Chinese man tells a legend about crickets in which "the gods" play a part. Mario reads a Chinese fortune cookie, and the prediction comes true, though that fact is not pointed out in the book. The characters believe that crickets bring good luck.
ViolenceThere is a fire which endangers the characters' lives, but it ends quickly.
Drug and Alcohol ContentTwo Chinese gentlemen smoke pipes.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentNone.
ConclusionA fun, heart-warming story, A Cricket in Times Square is an excellent read-aloud before bed. It has enough action and tension to keep it interesting, without intense or fear-inducing moments. Along with its general good values, the story teaches appreciation of good music. The illustrations add to its charm.
|Written for Age:||11-12|
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