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George Selden
(Aka George Selden Thompson, Terry Andews)
(Writer)
[May 14, 1929 - December 5, 1989

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Writing as George Selden
Chester Cricket Series with Garth Williams, Illustrator
Ages 9-12.
  1. The Cricket in Times Square (1960) -- 1961 Newbery Honor Book
    After Chester, a cricket, arrives in the Times Square subway station via a picnic basket from his native Connecticut, he takes up residence in the Bellini's newsstand. There, the tiny creature is lucky enough to find three good friends: a little boy named Mario whose parents run the unsuccessful newsstand, a fast-talking Broadway mouse named Tucker and his pal, Harry the Cat. The comic, sometimes tragic side of life in the city is brought into relief as the friends struggle to bring success to the almost bankrupt newsstand.

  2. Tucker's Countryside (1969)
    Chester Cricket needs help. That's the message John Robin carries into the Times Square subway station where Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse live. Quickly, Chester's good friends set off on the long, hard journey to the Old Meadow, where all is not well.

    Houses are creeping closer. Bulldozers and construction are everywhere. It looks like Chester and his friends' home will be ruined and the children of the town won't have a place to play. Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse are used to the city life. Now they need to find a place to stay and good things to eat. And most of all they must think of a plan--a special plan to help their friends.

  3. Harry Cat's Pet Puppy (1974)
    "Get that thing out of here!" Tucker shouted.

    Tucker Mouse was waiting impatiently in the drainpipe in the Times Square subway station where he and his friend, Harry Cat, made their home. And when Harry finally came home, he was dragging with him what looked like a dirty dish mop. It was a puppy.

    "It's staying for supper?" asked Tucker incredulously.

    Huppy was to stay a good deal longer than that, and Tucker and Harry were kept busy seeing to the needs of their new pet. As their fondness for Huppy grew, so did the dog, until the day came when he no longer fitted into the drainpipe. A new home had to be found for him-but where? Surely not with Max, leader of the Bryant Park pack of strays! If only Miss Catherine, the high-toned Siamese cat of Mr. Smedley, the music teacher, could be persuaded to accept an addition to the family . ..  Ages 4-8.

  4. Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride (1981)
    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 the top of the Empire State Building, from the Statue of Liberty and back to Times Square, Chester sees Manhattan in style--and even finds a little bit of country in the city!  Ages 4-8.

  5. Chester Cricket's New Home (1983)
    Crash!  One minute Chester Cricket is calmly sifting inside his stump house.  The next thing he knows, the roof is collapsing upon him!  Left without a home, Chester is forced to move in with one neighbor after another in Tucker's Countryside.  Nothing works out quite right--John Robin throws loud all-night parties, Henry and Emily Chipmunk are too tidy, and Donald Dragonfly's twig is much too small for both of them.  Even his good pal Walter Water Snake can't help joking about Chester's predicament.  All of his friends have found a happy home.  Will Chester ever find a place to call his own?

  6. Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse (1986)
    Meet Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse. No one would ever dream that a cat and mouse could become friends, but that doesn't stop Harry and Tucker.

    All they have is each other to depend on. Together they begin an exciting adventure throughout New York, searching for a home they can call their own. But the two friends run into some troublesome times in their journey around town. Is all hope lost? Where will they turn to next?  Ages 9-12.

  7. The Old Meadow (1987)
    The final adventure of Chester Cricket and friends.

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