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Chester Cricket and His Friends Books

In order from The Cricket in Times Square to Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse
The Cricket in Times Square
Tucker's Countryside
Harry Cat's Pet Puppy
Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride
Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse
chapter • 160 Pages
The Cricket in Times Square
#1 in Series
Book #1

The Cricket in Times Square

Written by George Selden & illustrated by Garth Williams
9 - 12
Reading age
Page count
Words per page
May 31, 2022
Publication date


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 trio have many adventures—from taking in the sights and sounds of Broadway to escaping a smoky fire. Chester makes a third friend, too. It is a boy, Mario, who rescues Chester from a dusty corner of the subway station and brings him to live in the safety of his parents’ newsstand. He hopes at first to keep Chester as a pet, but Mario soon understands that the cricket is more than that. Because Chester has a hidden talent and no one—not even Chester himself—realizes that the little country cricket may just be able to teach even the toughest New Yorkers a thing or two. The Cricket in Times Square is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book.

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Chester Cricket and His Friends Series

Published from 1974 - 2022
5 books
chapter • 160 Pages
The Cricket in Times Square
chapter • 192 Pages
Tucker's Countryside
#2 in Series
picture • 176 Pages
Harry Cat's Pet Puppy
#3 in Series
chapter • 64 Pages
Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride
#4 in Series
chapter • 80 Pages
Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse
#6 in Series
20221The Cricket in Times Square160
20122Tucker's Countryside192
19743Harry Cat's Pet Puppy176
20014Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride64
19866Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse80

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