Countdown To Halloween Day 11! Cricket Magazine

Every year when I was younger around Halloween I could not wait to receive my copy of Cricket Magazine. The covers always blew my young mind. Most of the stories were pretty dark as well. Sadly the building in LaSalle (a few blocks from my house) suffered from a fire a few years ago and sits crumbling to this day. The magazine is still published a few miles away in a neighboring  town.

Cricket is an illustrated literary magazine for children published in the United States, founded in September 1973 by Marianne Carus, whose intent was to create "The New Yorker for children." Marianne Carus still serves as the magazine's editor-in-chief.

Each issue of Cricket is 48 pages. The magazine is published nine times a year (monthly, with some of the summer months combined) by the Carus Publishing Company of Peru, Illinois. Its target audience is children from 9 to 14 years old. Until March 1995, Cricket was published by theOpen Court Publishing Company of LaSalle, Illinois, now part of Carus.

Cricket publishes original stories, poems, folk tales, articles and illustrations by such notable artists as Trina Schart Hyman, the magazine's art director from 1973 to 1979. Carus has solicited materials from well-known authors and illustrators, including Lloyd Alexander, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Eric Carle, Stacy Curtis,  Charles Ghigna and Paul O. Zelinsky.

One distinct feature of Cricket is the illustrated cast of recurring characters that appears in the margins of each issue, similar to a comic strip. These characters include Cricket, Ladybug, and other friends, most of whom are also insects. The characters are involved in a storyline that runs throughout the issue, but also comment on the articles above them. They define difficult words, draw attention to unusual facts, and otherwise annotate the magazine's content
So today I have dug up a few older copies that I have and would like to share them with you. Believe it or not, I still have Volume 1 Number 2 October 1977 but due to its age I prefer not to stick it into the scanner so for now just the cover. The one I will share a few pages came from the year 1977. For more information visit Cricket Magazine (They show this year October Issue with its really cool cover.) or The Cricket Store.

Sorry its hard to read it was a dark comic.

I love the witch's

Click the next page link for the 1973 cover

I love this cover!

Back Cover

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  1. I remember reading the magazine as a kid too.
    Loved it. Thanks for the memory.
    ~Naila Moon


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