The Cricket in Times Square
Author: George Selden
Illustrator: Garth Williams
SELDEN, George. The Cricket in Times Square. Illustrated by Garth Williams. NY: Ariel Books . Pale lavender cloth with spine stamped in black. 25 full-page pen-and-ink illustrations. Spine ends and corners a tad rubbed, else a clean, tight copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (a few small, clean tear and tiny chips at edges, some rubbed spots on spine panel; no medal affixed).
First edition. 1961 Newbery Honor Book! Tucker is a streetwise city mouse who share a drain pipe in the Times Square subway station with his friend, Harry Cat. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. But when he accidentally gets trapped in a picnic basket (he just can’t resist liverwurst!), he manages to get free only to find himself lost in the big city. How these three unlikely friends help out a young boy named Mario and bring all of New York City to a standstill makes for a timeless, heartwarming tale. The first of five novels about Harry and Tucker.