Old Cricket

author Lisa Wheeler

illustrator Ponder Goembel

ISBN-13: 978-0689845109


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 2003

Wheeler makes excellent use of repetition and alliteration. The text encourages spirited readings and audience participation in the rhythmic refrains of 'crick-crick-crick' and 'crack-crack-crack'....The energy of the artwork adds to the excitement as Old Cricket rushes to escape from the hungry crow by throwing him food from his bundle. This amusing tale is a natural for reading aloud and will be requested again and again. © School Library Journal 2003

The team responsible for Sailor Moo returns with a homespun trickster tale enhanced by sprightly humor and ace draftsmanship....Smartly paced and skillfully drawn, this tale delivers a gentle comeuppance sure to please smart young bugs. © Publisher's Weekly 2003

South Dakota Prairie Bud Award Nominee

Arkansas Diamond Primary Award List

Arizona Young Reader Award Nominee

Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee

Mitten Award Winner

School Library Journal's Best Books of 2003

Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee

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Prepared By Karen Antikajian

Nominated for the 2008–2009
ORA Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award

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