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Old Cricket

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  16 reviews
From the creators of Sailor Moo comes a second critter comedy about a cricket with a creak in his knee, a crick in his neck, and a crack in his back. Full color.
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Perfection Learning (first published January 1st 2003)
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Oct 27, 2008 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids ages 3-6
Shelves: children-and-ya
Old Cricket wakes up feeling crotchety. He doesn't even want to get out of bed, but his wife says she needs him to fix the hole in their roof. Old Cricket definitely doesn't want to do that, so he pretends to be sick and therefore unable to work on the roof.

His wife packs him off to the doctor with a crumb of biscuit tied up in a bundle, in case he wants something to eat as he walks. On the way, Old Cricket meets a katydid who wants help picking berries, and then some ants who want help gatherin
Jul 17, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2014, childrens, humor
This is an entertaining story about an old cricket who is trying to get out of doing some work at home. The narrative is repetitive and filled with onomatopoeia; it's really fun to read aloud.

The illustrations are marvelous, with wonderful details on the various critters that make them look incredibly realistic and anthropomorphic at the same time. Overall, it's an engaging story that will likely appeal to children of all ages. We really enjoyed reading it together.

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Nov 30, 2012 Meribeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read aloud, especially to first graders
Shelves: picture-books
A great combination of lilting text and over-sized, active, skillful acrylic illustrations. Wheeler's lyrical storytelling expertly includes alliterative language, well-placed asides, deft dialog, and laugh out loud repetition. In this humorous retake of Aesop's famous fable, "The Ant and the Grasshopper," Wheeler and illustrator Ponder Goembel combine their first-rate artistry into a cleverly presented, enthralling read-aloud, engaging young listeners into participation as they inhale this outs ...more
Genre: Fiction, Picture book,


Topic: grasshopper, danger, injuries/illness

Theme: avoiding work, karma, intelligence, pretending

Use: Read Aloud, Independent reading

Reading Level: Late transitional

Illustrations: The illustrations are very colorful. They are highly supportive of the text.

Literary Elements: Repetition; onomatopoeia


Old Cricket is the story of a cricket who wakes up one day to a project by his wife. To avoid the project, he claims to have an injury and goes to the
Alyssa Anderson
Primary. Traditional Literature. When Old Cricket awakes feeling cranky and crotchety he is in no mood to help his wife with fixing the roof. Old Cricket comes up with a plan to get out of doing any work. Old Cricket pretends to have a crick in his neck and a creek in his knee so his wife packs him a lunch and sends him off to the doctor. But Cricket isn't really going to the doctor. He's going off to enjoy himself for the day. But along the way, he keeps meeting friends who also need help. So n ...more
What am I missing here?! I have read several 5 star reviews and I still don't get what they are raving about. The pictures are dull and boring and the story is slow, long and boring... Is it about laziness, is it about getting old, is it about being a dumb bug? I don't get it! What are we suppose to learn here???

The creak-creak-creak, and the crick-crick-crick and the hic-hic-hic are great onomatopoeia but beyond that...I see little merit to this book (and our library has two copies) It was rec
Crotchety, cranky, cantankerous old cricket complains and complains of his made up pains until they become quite real.

Beware of what you say....
Apr 22, 2009 Corinne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young children
Clever story of cricket making excuses to get out of work. Repetition of phrases and sounds. Detailed illustrations - cricket is even smiling!
Graceann Jacobson
The old cricket tries to get out of work but ends up getting hurt running away from a crow! It teaches him to be honest and responsible.
This book helped give insight on:Helpfulness, Behavior, Ponder, ill last but not least crickets and crows
Dealing with responsibility instead of trying to escape it. Realizing there are consequences for behaviors.
Fun and bright illustrations with a moral at the end. The kids really enjoyed it.

We'll read it again.
38 months - the repetition is a bit tiresome but the illustrations are nice as well as the moral.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
The old cricket fakes ailments to get out of doing work. Cute!
Good story with beautiful acrylic paintings.
Good pictures and cute story line
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