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Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Humorous Stories
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Age Range: 4-8 Years
Author: Lisa Wheeler
Language: English



About the Book



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.



Book Synopsis



Old Cricket tells his missus why he can't fix the roof -- I woke with a creak in my knee, dear wife.
He tells Cousin Katydid why he can't pick berries -- I woke with a creak in my knee and a crick in my neck.
He tells Uncle Ant why he can't harvest corn -- I woke with a creak in my knee, a crick in my neck, and a crack in my back....I'm off to see Doc Hopper.
But before he gets there, Old Crow comes calling. Caw-caw-caw, he says, hungrily. And caw is one C-word Old Cricket can't relish.
The creators of Sailor Moo present a second critter comedy, full of wordplay and antic animation.



Review Quotes




"Smartly paced and skillfully drawn, this tale delivers a gentle comeuppance sure to please smart young bugs."

-- "Publishers Weekly," starred review

"The figures in this original tale seem ready to spring off the pages, and the text, laced with creaks and cracks, is a natural for reading aloud."

-- "Kirkus Reviews," starred review

"This amusing tale...will be requested again and again."

-- "School Library Journal," starred review

Think of a cross between Aesop's fable 'The Grasshopper and the Ant' and Steven Spielberg's movie "Jurassic Park" and you're getting close to the feel of Lisa Wheeler's gently preachy, very cinematic, very scary "Old Cricket.""

-- "New York Times Book Review"

"Think of a cross between Aesop's fable 'The Grasshopper and the Ant' and Steven Spielberg's movie "Jurassic Park" and you're getting close to the feel of Lisa Wheeler's gently preachy, very cinematic, very scary "Old Cricket.""

-- "New York Times Book Review"



About the Author



Lisa Wheeler has written many books for children, including The Pet Project, illustrated by Zachariah OHora; Spinster Goose, illustrated by Sophie Blackall; and People Don't Bite People and People Share with People, both illustrated by Molly Idle. She lives with her family in Addison, Michigan. Visit her online at LisaWheelerBooks.com.

Ponder Goembel has illustrated eight books, including two others by Lisa Wheeler, Old Cricket, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and Sailor Moo; A Basket Full of White Eggs, by Brian Swann; and The Night Iguana Left Home, by Megan McDonald. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where the 2005 floods threatened to wash away the nearly finished paintings for this book. Her Web site is www.pondergoembel.com.

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