Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Selden, George

Working name of US writer George Selden Thompson (1929-1989). His Children's Fantasies include The Garden Under the Sea (1957; vt Oscar Lobster's Fair Exchange) and The Genie of Sutton Place (1973), about a boy, a genie and a transformed dog; but he is most noted for his Chester, Harry and Tucker series, begun with The Cricket in Times Square (1960). This well loved Animal Fantasy concerns the adventures of Chester Cricket, who is transported in a picnic hamper to New York, where he meets the streetwise Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat. The animals'-eye view of the great city is engagingly drawn. Affiliated books in the loose series, all well illustrated by Garth Williams, are Tucker's Countryside (1969), Harry Cat's Pet Puppy (1974), Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride (1981), Chester Cricket's New Home (1983) and Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse (1986). [DP]

George Selden Thompson

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