Chester Cricket’s New Home

Our rating: ****

Chester Cricket’s beautiful stump by the brook has been squashed, and he is forced to move down the brook to a pond with Simon the old turtle, and Walter, a rather eccentric water snake, while he looks for a new home. Animals all over the Old Meadow volunteer to let the cricket stay with them, but he despairs of ever finding a real home again—not knowing that some of his friends have a trick up their sleeves.

A fun, light-hearted story, good for the whole family to enjoy. Though Harry and Tucker from A Cricket In Times Square don’t make an appearance, many other unique characters in Chester’s neighborhood do. Good for a short read.

Tucker’s Countryside

Our rating: ***

The Old Meadow is scheduled to be destroyed, and Chester Cricket has sent word to Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat in New York City. Tucker and Harry rush to Hedley, Connecticut. Chester wants Tucker to think of a plan to save the meadow, but what with Harry being adopted by a girl named Ellen, Tucker’s got his hands full.

I enjoyed Tucker’s Countryside a bit less than some of the others in this series, but it’s still very enjoyable and very fun.

The Old Meadow

Our rating: ***

Dubber the dog is worried. People from the Town Council are coming to his owner’s cabin and saying things like, “unsightly” and “undignified.” The cabin may be torn down! A mockingbird named Ashley with a beautiful voice comes and becomes friends with Chester. The animals of the Old Meadow, along with Ashley, must work together to try and save the cabin!

There are some bad words in this book, but it’s still pretty good. Walter Watersnake is back in this book—along with his fun personality.

Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride

Our rating: *

While staying in Times Square, Chester visits many different places with his human friend Mario. Unfortunately, Chester becomes victim to an acute attack of homesickness and decides to take a short hop as far as Tucker’s home, but loses his way and has several interesting adventures. From crossing Broadway to falling off the Empire State Building, Chester Cricket has the ride of his life.

A fun book. It’s a little distressing when he’s smashed flat . . . Just kidding! I only gave it one star because it’s okay if you’re looking for a quick, easy read. This is the sort of book that you read when you have a little snack to eat and you wanted to eat it while reading something mildly interesting. It’s also light enough to enable you to look and see where you’re putting your food, instead of being visually glued to the page. Enjoy, and munch in relative safety.

Harry Cat’s Pet Puppy

Our rating: ****

When Harry Cat shows up at the drainpipe with a forlorn and bedraggled little puppy, Tucker Mouse flatly refuses to let him stay. But, of course, the puppy (“Huppy”) soon joins them as part of the family. Keeping him presents many challenges, such as feeding him, bathing him, and training him. And when Huppy grows so big that he can no longer fit in the drainpipe serving as their home, they decide that it’s time to find Huppy a home with humans, becoming their greatest challenge yet.

I enjoy the Cricket in Times Square books very much, and I think this is one of my favorites. Tucker is his funny, grumbling self, while Harry patiently deals with situations while trying to calm Tucker down. This is a book that children of all ages can enjoy.