• The Cricket in Times Square

  • Revised and Updated Edition with Foreword by Stacey Lee; Read by Vikas Adam (Chester Cricket and His Friends, Book 1)
  • By: George Selden, Stacey Lee
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An updated version of The Cricket in Times Square, the timeless children's classic featuring a business-savvy mouse, a kind alley cat, and a talented country cricket, featuring a new foreword and revisions by YA author Stacey Lee.

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.

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers

©1960 George Selden (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“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 with beautiful illustrations by Garth Williams.”—Starred, School Library Journal

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Changed to be politically correct

The title says it all. The book was altered to remove anything deemed to be "problematic" or "stereotypical". Never mind that New York is filled with people with accents, both clear and broken. No no, we can't depict New York as the author saw it. We must decide that he was a horrible and terrible racist who must be corrected. *barf*

Just read the book as it was written and otherwise shut your mouth.

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BEST BOOK EVER so everyone lister to it right now seriously SERIOUSLY JUST DO IT

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This is the best book ever

This book was so good it was like I was actually there in Times Square and everything felt real with the audio

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Not the recording from your past

I was looking for the recording of this book I had as a child on audiocassette. It featured actual violins as the cricket instead of the chirps. This recording was nice & of course the story hasn’t changed but was disappointed it wasn’t the recording from my childhood. I’ll have to keep searching.