A new group of beetles has just moved in and they're disturbing Tucker's sleep with their loud music. But they can't stop practicing if they want to win the Battle of the Bug Bands. Will Tucker find a way to deal with all this racket and get a good night's sleep?
These favorite characters from The Cricket in Times Square star in the brand new-adventure created especially for beginning readers.
About the Author
GEORGE SELDEN (1929-1989) wrote not only the adventures of Chester, Harry, Tucker, and their friends but also The Genie of Sutton Place, which was one of School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year.
GARTH WILLIAMS (1912-1996) illustrated all of George Selden's Chester Cricket books. His other distinguished work includes Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and the Little House books.
THEA FELDMAN is the author of numerous books for children, including Suryia and Roscoe, which she co-authored with Dr. Bhagavan Antle, available in Spring 2011 from Henry Holt BYR.
OLGA and ALEKSEY IVANOV are the illustrators of many children's books, including the Charlotte's Web beginning readers in which they also replicated the style of Garth Williams.
Thea Feldman is a prolific author of leveled readers and picture books for children, including Suryia and Roscoe and Suryia Swims!, which she co-authored with Dr. Bhagavan Antle. She has also worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society where she researched and wrote about the animals in the Society's five urban wildlife parks in New York City. She is a former editorial director at Scholastic.
George Selden (1929-1989) was the author of A 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 a Fulbright Scholarship. People often asked Selden how he got the idea for The Cricket in Times Square. "One night I was coming home on the subway, and I did hear a cricket chirp in the Times Square subway station. The story formed in my mind within minutes. An author is very thankful for minutes like those, although they happen all too infrequently." The popular Cricket series grew to seven titles, including Tucker's Countryside and The Old Meadow. In 1973, The Cricket in Times Square was made into an animated film. Selden wrote more than fifteen books, as well as two plays. His storytelling blends the marvelous with the commonplace realities of life, and it was essential to him that his animal characters display true emotions and feelings.
ALEKSEY and OLGA IVANOV are the illustrators of many children's books, including the Charlotte's Web beginning readers, in which they also replicated the style of Garth Williams. They live in Colorado.
Garth Williams (1912-96) illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other works, including Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web.
OLGA and ALEKSEY IVANOV are the illustrators of many children's books, including the Charlotte's Web beginning readers, in which they replicated the style of Garth Williams. They live in Colorado.
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Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse: Tucker's Beetle Band
By Thea Feldman, Olga Ivanov, Aleksey Ivanov
Macmillan Children's Publishing GroupCopyright © 2011 Thea Feldman
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Tucker Mouse liked the everyday sounds of the busy subway station in Times Square. He lived in a drainpipe there with his best friend, Harry Cat.
Rumble went the trains.
Stomp, stomp went all the hurrying feet.
Cree, cree, cree went Chester Cricket. He was Harry and Tucker's friend. He lived at the newsstand near the drainpipe.
At night, all the sounds stopped. While Harry went out for adventures, Tucker loved to fall asleep in peace and quiet. One day, four beetle musicians started playing their music
directly below Harry and Tucker. That night, when the other sounds in the station stopped, the beetle band did not. Bang! Plink! Shake, shake, shake!
La, la, la! The music was so loud, it shook poor Tucker's whiskers. Tucker marched downstairs. "Hello," sang one of the beetles. "My name is Saul. Do you like our music?"
Excerpted from Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse: Tucker's Beetle Band by Thea Feldman, Olga Ivanov, Aleksey Ivanov. Copyright © 2011 Thea Feldman. Excerpted by permission of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.
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