The Cricket in Times Square

Narrated by: Tony Shalhoub
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (735 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 of liverwurst right into someone's picnic basket. Now, like any tourist in the city, he wants to look around. And he could not have found two better guides - and friends - than Tucker and Harry. 

The Cricket in Times Square is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book. 

©1960 George Seldon Thompson (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

2008 Grammy Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album For Children

"Delightful reading for the whole family." (The Horn Book Magazine)
"This is absolutely grand fun for anyone, a nine to 90 book." (The New York Herald Tribune)
"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." (School Library Journal)

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Great story!

The characters in this book are really nice and have all different personalities. The ending is sad and happy at the same time. I totally recommend this book for kids 6-12. I'm nine and I LOVED listening to this book.

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All of us were sad when it was over.

I downloaded this book to enjoy on a long car trip. We did indeed enjoy it. Tony Shaloub's narration was engrossing and we were completely engaged in the story for the duration of the book. All of us were wishing it was a longer book as we were sad when the end came. I highly recommend this version.

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Great family road trip story

This story kept our 4 and 6 year olds' attention for the entire car trip

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Fantastic Narration!

Tony Shalhoub is so sweet in his narration of this book. We enjoyed his performance very much!

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An amazing performance by Tony Shalhoub

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Mr. Shalhoub's excellent performance brought the story to life for us! We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this; thank you!!

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Tony Shalhoub's voice is perfect for this story.

Beautiful Narration!

the story comes alive as you see yourself in Chester and each member of the family. I could visualize the scenery as if I were looking through Chester's eyes.

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Amazing!

It was an interesting story that I loved reading for my summer book report . I loved it!

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Wonderful book

Favorite from childhood. Still enjoy this today. There are sequels. please add more to audible.

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loved it

I loved the book! It was pretty easy to get and listen to the music and the words

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Simply delightful

This has been one of my favorite books since childhood. And it's a story you never outgrow. Every step of Chester's adventures are delightful and inspiring. A short easy read (or listen). Great for helping you get through boring chores on a rainy day.

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