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The Very Quiet Cricket

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  20,528 ratings  ·  363 reviews
A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello--the hum of a bee, th
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 9th 1990 by Philomel Books
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Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle is a wonderful short story about a young little cricket who wants to interact with the creatures around him, but he can't figure out how.

Good Morning! whizzed a locust,
spinning through the air.
The little cricket wanted to answer,
so he rubbed his wings together.
But nothing happened. Not a sound.

The text repeats the same message repeatedly, until the end when the cricket surprises himself with a sweet chirp. Our book actually makes a chirping sound at the
I can't stand the sound of cricket's. So at the start of the book when the cricket was quiet, I thought that was wonderful. The sound machine in the book didn't work so I didn't get to hear that.

I love the art work. It is fantastic. I think the story is fun even if it is about a nasty cricket.

The nephew did have fun with this book. He gave it 5 stars as well.

Eric is quite the artist.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A chirpy read for the toddlers!

A small cricket finds himself in a situation where he can't interact with the elder crickets!
The kids will love this one.
Crystal Bandel
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle, published 1990.


Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 1.

Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Starr LaTronica.

One day, a cricket is born, and he goes out into the world, meeting new insects who all make noises in greeting to him. Unfortunately, when he rubs his wings together, he doesn't make a sound. This continues throughout the book, every time the cricket meets a new insect, until he meets a lovely female cricket at the end. When the final page is t
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The pictures very much tell you that thesis an Eric Carle book and the writing follows the same paths as his other books.

Its a light feel good book for your baby/toddler. My twins certainly like the bright colours used in the pictures.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle to my son when he was between the ages of 2-4 years old. This book is no different in the fact it has depth, even a philosophical atmosphere and is relatable, it's especially very relatable to my son living with autism. He could relate to the cricket struggling inside to socialize with others, wanting to say something in response, but no sound coming out, a silent outcry, an experience my son knows all too well. But at the end his voice is heard ...more
Stephen Deloney
Kids loved the ending, though this may be due to how repetitious it got there. Perhaps this would be a good book to encourage the children to respond with 'Nothing Happened... not a sound' page after page after page.
Also different voices for each of the insects might shake things up a bit.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like all of Eric Carle's books, the illustrations are immediately recognizable as his, while the text builds in the familiar, repetitive style that he often uses. I'm not sure if this one has a broader "message" that some of the others do (i.e., The Ouchy Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Busy Spider) but maybe I'm missing something. ...more
Amy Bruestle
All of Eric Carle's books are PERFECT reads for all kids!!!!!!!! ...more
Matthew Hunter
I like Eric Carle. So does Sigourney. His colorful textured artwork (paint and collage?) makes us both happy. And the story of a cricket finding its chirp is cute. But I found a couple of things annoying. First, Carle (or his publicist?) inflates the importance of his story: "In The Very Quiet Cricket Mr. Carle chooses a lowly insect as the hero, but beyond the simple story of a cricket finding his voice, it is a story 'about love and survival of all living things--crickets and humankind.'" Real ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The “Very Quiet Cricket” is an enticing story for young readers and is especially relatable for those who struggle with social interaction. Going through the world meeting new creatures, the Quiet Cricket tries hard to communicate but nothing seems to come out. With each page, readers are able to predict what will happen due to the repetitive line “The little cricket wanted to answer, so he rubbed his wings together. But nothing happened. Not a sound.” This repetitive style makes this book a gre ...more
Alexa Maring
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book countless times as a child. I can remember getting ready for bed and waiting patiently for the sound of the cricket. The anticipation of seeing if the quiet cricket will make a noise captivates the students as they are engaged and listening for the cricket to chirp. Eric Carle's books are wonderful for sequencing lessons and this book does not disappoint. Students can share the order in which the animals tried to speak to the cricket and can even create their own book. Again, Ca ...more
Jun 16, 2011 added it
this was such a calming book to read, we even watched the video. it has such a nice calm feel to it. great for if you are exploring different types of bugs. After this book and watching the video with it, we talked about kinds of bugs we see outside at our school and if we have ever seen any at home. I also included what types of buys can be dangerous! ahh
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was charming, but almost every book in the library was broken so we couldn't hear the cricket sounds at the end. It was worth it though to look through a bazillion so we could find one that worked.

Lovely little story, lovely little moral, lovely, lovely, lovely.
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
A bit repetitive, but I would have given it an extra star if there had been some explanation about why the cricket couldn't make a noise until the girl. Is there a maturation period after hatching? Do male crickets only chirp for girls? Of was it a made up conflict with an abrupt resolution? ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This is my favorite Eric Carle book so far. I love when the luna moth flies over and he enjoys the stillness.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A cricket is born into the world, and is greeted by several different insects, but when the cricket rubbed his wings together not a sound was made. But when the day was over and night had fallen, the cricket discovers something to his surprise.
A lovely tale about a cricket losing his sound.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s one of Carle’s slower books (every page has pretty much the same words), but the kids really loved having the cricket “chirp” at the last page 💜Their surprised faces were priceless 😁
Jun 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
The Very Quiet Cricket was originally released in 1990 as a children's book, but I'm not reading that version! I'm sure they're quite similar, but the version I have is the 1997 rerelease on thick cardboard pages with a few added bells and whistles. I'm not sure how important that really is, but I thought it was something worth mentioning.

This is a simple children's book which follows the tried and true method of thrusting a protagonist into existence and sending him on a journey where he will e
Mar 29, 2016 added it
Title: The Very Quiet Cricket
Author: Eric Carle
Genre: Picture Book
Theme(s): Voice/Friendship/Kindness
Opening line/sentence: “There are four thousand different kinds of crickets.”
Brief Book Summary: The cricket meets all these different creatures that say, “hi” to him and he wants to respond, but when he rubs his wings together, nothing happens. This happens multiple times until he meets a girl cricket that is also very quiet and when he rubs his wings together this time, he makes a sound.
Lynn  Davidson
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little cricket is born and when he's greeted by a big cricket, and then by other insects, he can't seem to make a sound. He keeps trying until he meets a special cricket. ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books-5

As a child I was always a fan of Carle's unique picture books, and because I had never read The Very Quiet Cricket I was excited to give it a try. He did not disappoint with this short story. It describes a day in the life of a "very quiet cricket", who becomes frustrated as he meets other bugs who can make sounds but when he tries to reply with a sound of his own, he is always silent. The repetition appears at the end of each page, when it says "The little cricket want
Hunter Robinson
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first time I noticed abut this book was the bright colors and the size of the illustrations. As soon as you open the book, the reader is met with a bright colored page of scribbles. I think this would immediately draw the attention of the reader or the students being read to. It sort of opens the child's mind and sparks a bit of creative thinking. "What's that supposed to be?" or "That reminds me a rainbow!" may pop up in their head. As I child I loved this sort of artwork, and to this day r ...more
Chelsie Morrison
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I am, and will always be, fascinated with the work of Eric Carle. His books are beautifully illustrated with lovely stories; The Very Quiet Cricket did not disappoint.

Carle tells the story of a newborn cricket who cannot say hello. The young cricket encounters many creatures and as they say hello, he finds that no matter how hard he tries, he cannot say anything back. The young cricket becomes sad and frustrated, but he finally meets another young cricket and as he tries one more time, is able
Chelsea Cameron
A Very Quiet Cricket is written by Eric Carle and is one of his most famous books that he has written. After I read this book I had a fuzzy feeling in my stomach. It is definitely a perfect “feel good” book for young kids. The book is also very informative for young kids as it takes the read from insect to insect describing their different characteristics and behavioral methods. The story mainly focuses on the little cricket who rubs his wings together every time he meets new insect friends. At ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
The Very Quiet Cricket written by Eric Carle is a story about a young cricket who cannot make the sound that all the other crickets can. All of his animal and insect friends keep saying hello to him and he tries his hardest to rub his legs together but he just cant make the sound. The little cricket is about to give up and he doesnt think hes ever going to learn how to chirp.

The illustrations in this book are done by watercolor and paint. They are very abstract yet have a lot of color. The backg
Alexis Espinosa
The Very Quiet Cricket is about a quiet cricket who dreams of rubbing his wings together so he can talk to other animals but he cant talk to them yet and he does not know why. He finds another cricket one night and tries to talk to her and he succeeds and makes the most beautiful sound.

Comments/observations: This books reading level is kindergarten through third grade. I also found that the theme of this book is confidence and being yourself. My emotional readers response to this book was I like
Laura Brower
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Patterned/ Predictable Books:

Similar to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle creates another masterpiece -- this time about a little cricket. The protagonist faces a dilemma, unable to make a chirping sound like the way his peers can. Throughout the book, he comes across numerous characters who cheerily greet him. And, unfortunately, almost every time, the little cricket is unable to reply until he meets a female cricket and finally makes noises.

Carle sets the plot in a patterned and predicta
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I recommend this book for children of all ages. The book introduces many other insects besides the cricket, which presents children with a view of the social life of a bug. The illustrations are very juvenile which children can easy relate to.
The story has an a nice appeal, it plays a little chirping cricket sound that is only revealed as you get to the last pages. The disappointing part for my children would be the chirping sound running out once the batteries die, which will require continuo
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more

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