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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; Anv edition (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399218858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399218859
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 21.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Board book
My 8 1/2 month old is fascinated by the wonderful artwork and the chirping sound. I expect he'll enjoy the story when he can understand the words. However, there's an inconsistency in the text that drives me crazy. The three crickets are referred to as "he" and "she," but the praying mantis and worm are referred to as "it." Argh!
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By A Customer on April 9 2003
Format: Hardcover
We received this book as a gift and Grandma ended up getting the board book version for our daughter because she loved it so much (and wanted to look at it more often than we did)! The illustrations are great, like in all of Eric Carle's books.
She loves getting to the end of the story, but will also turn back to look at favorite pages.
We have a few of the other Eric Carle books and enjoy them as well, but this one stands out right now and it doesn't look like her interest is going to fade any time soon.
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The Very Quiet Cricket is a great book, and while difficult, I suspect most children will like this much more than their parents suspect. Like all of Eric Carle's books, my son (2 ½) loves The Very Quiet Cricket. The art is, as always, amazing, and he really enjoys repeating the phrases on each page. The formula seems to draw out his inquisitiveness; this book nearly always stimulates more enjoyment than others do. In particular, he enjoys the chirping sound the book makes when you turn to the last page. He'll ask to have the book read to him as many as four times in a row.
This is a challenging book for young kids, more so than many of Carle's others. I think the interesting insects and provocative words and sounds are part of why my son likes it so much. It may be some time before he really masters that vocabulary, but I love that Carle challenges his young readers in this way. I can unconditionally recommend this book.
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By A Customer on Dec 5 2002
Format: Board book
The Quite Cricket book is another favorite from Eric Carle. I have almost every book he has written. My favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar but this is a tie for second.. I loved how he illustrated all the other insects in the story especially the dragonfly. The large drawings would hold the attention of a young child. This isn't a book for a new reader some of the vocabulary is a little difficult. The only draw back to this book is when the battery that makes the cricket sound dies, it is rather expensive to replace.
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By Ms Diva on July 31 2002
Format: Board book
this isn't a favorite of mine. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is better. The cricket's story isn't as interesting to the children I've worked with as the caterpillar's. The illustrations are vintage Carle - we all did love the pictures. And I like that he introduces new vocabulary for children, and the use of repitition is still there. Some of the bug names were even hard for a few of the adults, however. Overall, I'd say check this out from the library if your child is a fan of Carle's work and has already read The Very Busy Spider and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. If they love it, then you can think about buying it.
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By A Customer on June 24 2002
Format: Board book
Every book by Eric Carle is on my list of favorites. Some of them I remember from my childhood. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was my favorite when i was little. Now my niece loves them too. This one is so cute with the cricket chirps. I bought this one for my three year old neice and she gets that wonderful look of astonishment when it starts chirping. Highly recommended!!
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By A Customer on Feb. 10 2002
Format: Board book
As an elementary school teacher I have relied on The Very Quiet Quicket to help my students, from grades Pre-K to Grade 3, quiet down. Eric Carle is simply the best children's book author ever and I have read thousands of children's books throughout my career. Another reviewer stated this particular book would not be good for children past Kindergarten age and I strongly disagree. This is one of those books that when read with a calm animation has never ceased to capture the attention of a child, even a that of a third grader!
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Format: Hardcover
I will always have a great memory of this book. This was my toddler's favorite in daycare so we got it for his birthday. The first day he had it he fell asleep with the book opened to the last page (chirp chirp) and his arm around it.
Now his brother likes it, but not nearly as much.
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