Christmas Cricket (Hardcover)

By Eve Bunting, Timothy Bush (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780618065547, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 2002



In a California garden on a rainy night, Cricket feels small and worthless. He hops up some steps and finds himself in a place filled with light and warmth and a tall, sparkling tree. He begins to sing but is scared into silence by two voices, one big and one small. It is then that he makes a marvelous discovery. Eve Bunting’s text is filled with her customary tenderness and charm, and Timothy Bush has captured its mood in his luminous illustrations. Together they create a memorable holiday book about a cricket who discovers that though he may be small, he is not insignificant.

Praise For Christmas Cricket

"Bunting relates this affectionate tale in taut prose, and Bush’s cricket’s-eye-view watercolors seem almost to glow. " Publishers Weekly

"Bunting’s gentle story is just right for small children; Bush’s watercolor[s] cleverly capture the rhythm of a cricket’s kinetic spirit." Booklist, ALA

"Bunting shows her consummate talent. . . {a} simple but profound tale. Bush’s illustrations convey the transformative potential of the season." Kirkus Reviews