June 17, 2007

The Cricket in Times Square - Book Review

I finished the book, The Cricket in Times Square, a little while ago with my children.

Summary: A cricket makes his way to New York city's Times Square via a picnic basket mishap and a train ride. Once there he makes friends with a true New York mouse, a kind-hearted cat, and a young boy who works in his parents news paper stand. He eventually shows his worth after listening to some music on the radio late at night. He learns that he can memorize any song on the first listen, and then he can reproduce the song with his unique cricket abilities.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. It was one of the first that I read with my children. It came with Sam's Sonlight Curriculum.

I liked the story line. It kept rolling along at a good pace, and the characters were lovable and memorable. I also didn't get the impression that the author had an agenda when writing this book. So many of the newer authors have some philosophy that they are trying to teach in their writings. Thats alright, I suppose, from time to time, but when I sit down to read a story, I want a story, not a philosophy shrouded in story. This book was just a good story. If there was some hidden agenda, it wasn't noticeable.

The real test is whether or not my boys enjoyed it, and they definitely did. I usually know if they are really enjoying it if they remind me to read to them at night. This book was rated high on their list.

I definitely recommend this book.