Chester is a Cricket from Connecticut who, after jumping into a picnic basket, is transported all the way to Times Squares, where is he found in a pile of dirt by Mario, a young boy whose parent’s run a newsstand. After a time Chester meets Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse who concoct a plan to share Chester’s beautiful music with the world and bring more business to a failing newsstand.
The is a very sweet, heartfelt, simple, and predictable story about the companionship between humans and animals. The story is well detailed and descriptive even for someone who hasn’t been to Times Square and the characters are memorable. Although I loved all the characters and we learn quite a bit about each one, I felt like their voices were not distinguished enough. I was hoping for more of a personality to emerge from each one (cricket, mouse, and cat).
The story is well written and the dialogue was perfect and believable. I can’t say that I have any complaints about it. I also enjoyed the lessons apparent throughout the story including working together, taking responsibility for your actions, and not stealing.
I enjoyed the story from beginning to end and would recommend that anyone who loves anthropomorphic animals to give this book a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed. It’s sweet, simple, but predictable (at least for adults), and an overall great read! Anyone five and older will probably love this story, especially if you read it aloud to younger children.