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The Very Quiet Cricket is a short children's book written and illustrated by Eric Carle, first published in 1990. The book tells about a newly hatched cricket that can't make a sound. Like many of his books it has a added dimension.


This book provides examples of:

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Subverted, all of the insects are pretty friendly and many even greet the little cricket politely.
  • Chirping Crickets: Subverted, since the main character is a cricket.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Seems to be this, since it's ultimately about a cricket; that hatched in the morning, trying to chirp only to be able to do it at the night after he meets another female cricket, which makes sense since it is a mating call.
  • Cute Mute/The Speechless: It's hard to tell if the little cricket's chirps are him talking or not, since a big cricket is stated to have chirped a Welcome! and when the little cricket chirps it's just that, with no elaborate meaning. This possibly makes him The Speechless or Cute Mute throughout the story, though he's definitely this at the beginning of the story.
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  • Dreadful Dragonfly: Subverted, the dragonfly is actually friendly and gave the little cricket a Good Evening!
  • Pretty Butterflies: The luna moth probably counts despite being a moth instead of a butterfly.
  • Scenery Porn: The moment with the luna moth.
  • Slaying Mantis: Subverted, the praying mantis is actually friendly and greater the little cricket with a Hello!
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