George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square is a fish out of water tale, though the proverbial ‘fish’ in this case is a tiny Connecticut cricket. Mario Bellini is the son of two newsstand proprietors, and is tickled pink by the discovery of a cricket in amongst a deluge of trash. An oddity in a city overrun by subway screeches and horn blares, the cricket’s musical tendencies intrigues the young boy, and is also noticed by Tucker Mouse, the small mammal who has always avidly observed the Bellini family. Introducing himself to the bewildered cricket, named Chester, Tucker discovers that the cricket made the treacherous journey to the city from the fields of Connecticut, where his love for liverwurst pulled his stomach to a young family’s picnic. Now in brand-new territory, Chester becomes a novelty musical sensation, and begins to slowly learn how to navigate this strange new city. A timeless story, Selden has concocted characters with a vibrant detailing, elegantly crafting a fun novel beloved by young readers.