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Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride (Chester Cricket and His Friends #4)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  177 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Chester Cricket--the famous cricket in Times Square--is homesick. When his friend Mario takes him to a sky show at the Planetarium, Chester realizes how much he misses seeing real stars at night.

Happily, he finds his way out of the subway into Times Square, where he meets a new friend, Lulu Pigeon. Lulu takes him on a trip beyond his wildest dreams. From Central Park to th
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 9th 2001 by Square Fish (first published 1981)
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Kate Matson
This was a cute short-story about Chester Cricket going on a real adventure with his new friend, Lulu.
It was an enjoyable read that was a very short book that was readable in one sitting. It had beautiful drawings that pulled the story together. Without the drawings, it would be a wimpy, 20-paged book. But it wasn't, and therefore, it was adorable. Since it was a children's book, there was no plot. It was just Chester and Lulu flying around New York exploring.
I rated it 3 stars because it was m
Apr 11, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it
It is a lot of fun to revisit the characters that made such an indelible impact on me in the classic "The Cricket in Times Square". I'm glad that George Selden elected to write so many companion books to the original.
The story in Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride is nice, and worth reading, but in my thinking what really makes this book unusual is the breathtaking illustrations of Garth Williams. I have never seen his drawings quite like this, at a level of skillful magnitude that had me quite lit
Frank Mongelluzzo
Mar 17, 2015 Frank Mongelluzzo rated it liked it
It was good however misleading. I was hoping it would be chester's return to NY but It was nothing more than a missing "chapter" to the first book "A Cricket in Times Square"
May 04, 2013 Patti rated it liked it
“Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride” is another spin-off adventure from George Selden’s “ wonderful “A Cricket in Times Square”. It is a short story where Chester is whisked away on a tour of New York City on the back of his new friend, Lulu pigeon. Chester visits all the sights that everyone must see on a visit to the famous city, including Central Park, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

It is short and sweet, and an easy read. It would be a fun read for any child who has been, or
Nov 14, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
I picked this up in the library thinking it might be a potential book club choice if I ever got around to starting a book club at school. I never got the book club off the ground but I did read this book over a few days and I enjoyed it.

I can imagine few things more sickeningly sweet than a homesick cricket hitching a ride on the back of a pigeon. The book is well written, though, and makes for a very fast read due in part to the extensive illustrations. The drawings make up about 45% of the boo
Aug 15, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
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The best the best the best. Garth Williams is my favorite illustrator. This an "old style" children's book that actually has a real story and some meat to it. I loved it. The spectacular Williams' pen and inks of a cricket's view of New York City from the back of a pigeon (yes!) alone is enough to get this five stars--six if that was on offer. And George Selden's story is of course fabulous as well. (And for those who love them. some gorgeous pictures of Tucker mouse and Harry cat.)
This one is a real showcase of Garth William's illustrations. The story is limited to animal interactions, though, so, again, I don't think it is nearly as good as The Cricket in Times Square. That being said, I imagine it's really popular with Manhattanites. The brief bit of history and the tour that Chester takes are very flattering to the city and would make a loyal NYer feel proud.
Johnny Bennett
Mar 09, 2013 Johnny Bennett rated it liked it
When I put this on hold at the library I didn't realize this wasn't a chapter book like the rest of the series. It is long picture book instead. It is also interesting in that it brings up characters from throughout the series but the plot puts it in the middle of Cricket in Times Square.
Dec 16, 2011 Kerri rated it really liked it
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A cute novella that seems to be either an ode to New York or one person's imagining of what it would be like to soar freely over the city or both.
Jan 08, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
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Since my 4 & 6 year old girls LOVED A Cricket in Times Square, they knew the characters, and this was a short and fun read aloud for us to share.
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That was sure a quick read. Cute, but very, very short.
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George Selden (1929-1989) was the author of The Cricket in Times Square, winner of the 1961 Newbery Honor and a timeless children's classic. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Selden received his B.A. from Yale, where he was a member of the Elizabethan Club and contributed to the literary magazine. He spent three summer sessions at Columbia University and, after college, studied for a year in Rome on ...more
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