Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse (Paperback)

By George Selden, Garth Williams (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374428952, 80pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2001

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/1/2009)
Paperback (12/1/1988)

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Meet Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse. No one would ever dream that a cat and mouse could become friends, but that doesn't stop Harry and Tucker.

All they have is each other to depend on. Together they begin an exciting adventure throughout New York, searching for a home they can call their own. But the two friends run into some troublesome times in their journey around town. Is all hope lost? Where will they turn to next?

About the Author

George Selden (1929-1989) was the author of "A Cricket in Times Square," winner of the 1961 Newbery Honor and a timeless children's classic. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Selden received his B.A. from Yale, where he was a member of the Elizabethan Club and contributed to the literary magazine. He spent three summer sessions at Columbia University and, after college, studied for a year in Rome on a Fulbright Scholarship. People often asked Selden how he got the idea for "The Cricket in Times Square." "One night I was coming home on the subway, and I did hear a cricket chirp in the Times Square subway station. The story formed in my mind within minutes. An author is very thankful for minutes like those, although they happen all too infrequently." The popular "Cricket "series grew to seven titles, including "Tucker's Countryside" and "The Old Meadow." In 1973, "The Cricket in Times Square" was made into an animated film. Selden wrote more than fifteen books, as well as two plays. His storytelling blends the marvelous with the commonplace realities of life, and it was essential to him that his animal characters display true emotions and feelings. Selden lived in New York City until his death in December 1989. He enjoyed music, archaeology, and J.R.R. Tolkien. His editor, Stephen Roxburgh, said, "Chester Cricket, Harry Cat, Tucker Mouse, and their friends celebrate the triumph of innocence and camaraderie over cynicism and selfishness. George Selden is gone, but his voice lives on in Chester Cricket's song."

Garth Williams illustrated all seven of the Chester Cricket books and many other distinguished works, including "Stuart Little," "Charlotte's Web," and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Praise For Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse

"From the wryly humorous opening, in which the infant Tucker Mouse chooses his name, to the satisfying warmth of Tucker and Harry's defense of their drainpipe home in Times Square, the characters...are as vibrant and joyful as ever...Wonderfully expressive black-and-white illustrations." --Publishers Weekly.  "A splendid prequel to The Cricket in Times Square." --The Horn Book