Chester is a little black cricket from Connecticut who accidentally falls into someone’s picnic basket and winds up in a New York City subway! Luckily for him, Mario, a young boy who works at his parents’ newspaper stand in the subway, finds and befriends him. Mario’s mother isn’t too keen on her son having a bug for a pet, but eventually gives Mario permission to keep Chester — as long as he lives at the news stand and not at their house.
Chester finds many good friends who also live in the subway and his life is very happy. But time after time he runs afoul of Mario’s mother. That is, until Chester discovers he has a beautiful hidden talent that changes everything — for everyone!
This sweet story of friendship and acceptance is one you’ll enjoy sharing with your young reader. No surprise it was a Newbery Honor book in 1961.
Early Grade reading level, 144 pages, Books for Boys, Published in 1960.