The Cricket in Times Square is a 1960 children’s book a cricket in times square pdf George Selden and illustrated by Garth Williams. It won the Newbery Honor in 1961. One night I was coming home on the subway, and I did hear a cricket chirp in Times Square.
The story formed in my mind within minutes. An author is very thankful for minutes like those, although they happen all too infrequently. The story is about a cricket from Connecticut named Chester who gets caught on a commuter train heading for New York.
After stumbling on the subway, Chester ends up in Times Square. Mario Bellini, who helps his parents run a financially struggling newsstand, finds Chester and takes him to the newsstand, as he wants to keep the cricket as a pet and for good luck. Mama Bellini is concerned that the cricket will give the family germs, but Papa Bellini is more easy-going about the cricket’s presence. At the newsstand, Chester meets Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat, who spend their time scrounging the city for food and other thrown-away items.
They show him Times Square, which Chester finds overwhelming. During the story, Chester reveals his musical chirping talent. Chester a cricket cage from the Chinatown shop owner Sai Fong. At one point, Chester accidentally eats a two dollar bill from the newsstand cashier.
Mama Bellini wants Chester to go, but Tucker gives part of his coin collection that he’s collected from scrounging to save Chester and replace the money. Later in the story during a party that Chester, Harry, and Tucker are having, they accidentally set fire to the newsstand. The fire is put out, but Mama Bellini is extremely angry, accuses Chester of being an arsonist, and demands that Mario get rid of Chester, much to the boy’s dismay.