School Library Journal's Top 100 Children Novels #82
The Recipe: Chester the Cricket, tempted by liverwurst, hops into a picnic basket and finds himself later in a Manhattan Subway station. Mario, the son of Mama and Papa Bellini, proprietors of the subway-station newsstand, finds Chester and convinces his parents to let him keep the cricket. Despite befriending neighbors Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse, enjoying Maria, and becoming the most famous musician in New York City, Chester misses his countryside home.
The Frosting and Sprinkles: The Cricket in Times Square is a cute story about friendship, homesickness, and my favorite city. It's a good moral story about helping others, not judging by appearances, and stereotypes.
The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: While I would recommend this book to kids, I found the plot not very interesting as an adult.
2 Out of 5 Cupcakes!
(It was OK)