Parents' Guide to

The Cricket in Times Square

By S. K. List, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Absorbing tale of a very talented cricket.

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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+

ive never actually liked a book before!

kids 5 and under will not under stand it but its a very touching story and i have to read it for school. i thought it would be borig but it was not. its awsome! definitly worth your tax dollars! :) :) (fyi papa smokes but so did my dad so nothing to bad)

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 8+

Music and friendship conquer all

A beautifully told New York fantasy: Chester, the country cricket, is accidentally whisked away to downtown Manhattan where he finds a home with a lonely boy named Mario, is befriended by 2 crusty New Yorkers, Tucker the mouse and Harry the cat, and discovers an unexpected talent for classical music.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

George Selden creates an incredibly detailed and compelling animal world (with distinctive animal personalities) within the familiar human world. Small and insignificant, Chester the cricket almost always knows his own mind and, more important, his self-worth. Selden effectively contrasts Chester's slight stature against the size and swirl of New York City and spins the tried-and-true tale of the outsider who confronts the big city. Almost half a century old, THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE may inhabit a kinder, gentler Manhattan, but Selden still captures the city's essence. Kids encounter abundant urban attractions: unusual foods, colorful characters, busy street scenes, stimulating shops.

The target reader readily identifies with Mario, who seems about 10 years old. One of the story's best features is Mario's freedom within the city; all alone, he staffs the newsstand late at night and rides the subway to shop in an unfamiliar district. If this seems strange to kids, they'll also find it empowering. Garth Williams' excellent drawings -- bold in line, rich in detail, and one or two to a chapter -- bring added warmth to the incidents and individuals.

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