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The Cool Crazy Crickets
ISBN: 9780763606015
Author: Elliott, David
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: July 2000
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Annotation: What do you do on a wide open summer day, sitting on a porch swing with your best friend? Leo and Marcus decide, on this particular sunny morning, that they're going to start a club. But you can't have a two-person club. Luckily, along come Miranda and Phoebe, who make it four. And soon, everyone is very busy with important club business. What will the club's name be? Where will their clubhouse be? Who will be the club's mascot? And most important, what kind of club is it? Meet the Cool Crazy Crickets, a friendly bunch of neighborhood kids. With loads of colorful pictures by Paul Meisel, here's a perfect first chapter book for every kid who loves nothing better than hanging out with friends on a summer day.
Additional Information
Physical Information: 0.48" H x 9.76" L x 7.37" W 48 pages
Bargain Category: Chapter Books, Early Elementary, Growing Up
Grade level(s): 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Fall)
After Marcus, Leo, Phoebe, and Miranda agree on a name for their club (Cool Crazy Crickets), they need to find a suitable clubhouse (two refrigerator boxes do nicely), elect a mascot (Leo's dog Noodles), and decide what kind of club theirs will be. The watercolor and ink illustrations are as unpretentious as the undemanding story and a good match for the four readable chapters. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2000 June #4)
Elliott's (An Alphabet of Rotten Kids!) light and jaunty tale introduces four friends who decide to launch a club. In four short chapters, animated by Meisel's (How to Talk to Your Cat) snappy watercolor-and-ink illustrations, the quartet wrestles with the challenges of finding a name, clubhouse, mascot and raison d'ĂȘtre for their club. The discussions surrounding the headquarters and mascot receive the most diverting text and visuals. After rejecting for a clubhouse the options of Phoebe's food-littered bedroom and Marcus's room (also occupied by his incessantly jabbering baby brother), the pals tape together two cardboard refrigerator boxes and construct a place of their own. And Leo's dog, Noodles, makes a comical, Snoopy-like attempt to demonstrate his many talents as the members list the ideal attributes of a club mascot. Quick-paced dialogue, brief sentences and a generous smattering of art make this a solid choice for youngsters ready to step up from picture books. The publisher's catalogue promises another adventure with these club members in the near future. Ages 6-8. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2000 August)
Gr 1-3-This engaging early chapter book follows Leo and Marcus and their friends as they organize a neighborhood club, "The Cool Crazy Crickets." While the members experience minimal decision-making dilemmas and outcomes are predictable, Elliott's characters and his re-creation of children's language ring true. The dialogue is humorous and the comical pup mascot provides additional chuckles. Meisel's colorful watercolor-and-ink cartoons bring the multi- cultural suburban neighborhood to life and draw readers into the club's activities as well.-Kate McLean, Dekalb County Public Library, Tucker, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.