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Old Cricket

Old Cricket
Written by Lisa Wheeler,
Illustrated by Ponder Goembel

A Richard Jackson Book
Ages 4-8
Athenaeum, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-84510-3

Publisher’s Weekly, April 7, 2003
“The team responsible for Sailor Moo returns with a homespun trickster tale enhanced by sprightly humor and ace draftsmanship. . . . Smartly paced and skillfully drawn, this tale delivers a gentle comeuppance sure to please smart young bugs.”

  • Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2003
  • School Library Journal, May, 2003

More Reviews

  • “...And The Bugs,” New York Times Book Review, 2003


  • School Library Journal; SLJ’s Best Books 2003
  • The New York Public Library; Children’s Books 2003, One Hundred Titles for Reading & Sharing
  • Bank Street College of Education; The Best Children’s Books of the Year 2003, 2004 Edition
Exhibited at the New York Public Library (see above)

Awards and Honors:

  • Michigan Library Association; The Mitten Award, Best Book of the Year 2003

Shows and Exhibitions

  • The New York Public Library Exhibition of Illustrations from List:
    One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing Dec. 2003 to Jan. 2004
  • Society of Illustrators’ 46th Annual Exhibition: Editorial & Book Categories

Exhibited at the Society of Illustrators

Ponder this:
“To illustrate this book I wanted to show a cricket’sworld. A small dandelion to us must seem
as large as a tree to a cricket. To draw a bug’s-eye view I took photographsat ground level,
I gathered twigs, pebbles and leaves and captured a cricket and named her Mini.”
— Ponder Goembel

More about crickets: see Links & Things


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