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Old Cricket
Contributor(s): Wheeler, Lisa (Author), Goembel, Ponder (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1416918558     ISBN-13: 9781416918554
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
OUR PRICE:   $6.79  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2006
Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Insects, Spiders, Etc.
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2002002199
Lexile Measure: 630
Physical Information: 0.2" H x 10.7" W x 9.9" (0.35 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 70113
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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.

Contributor Bio(s): Wheeler, Lisa: - 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, Ponder: - 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