The Cricket in Times Square
Author: George Selden
Illustrations by Garth Williams
Publisher: Random House Children's Books; Paperback
Newbery Honor Book
After Chester, a cricket, arrives in the Times Square subway station from his native Connecticut via a picnic basket, he takes up residence in the Bellinis' newsstand. There tiny Chester is lucky enough to find three good friends: a little boy named Mario, whose parents run the unsuccessful newstand; a fast-talking Broadway mouse named Tucker; and Tucker's pal Harry Cat. Between escapades in New York City, the four somehow manage to bring success to the almost bankrupt newsstand.