Chester

by Melanie Watt
Illustrator Melanie Watt

Kids Can Press | August 1, 2009 | Picture Books

Chester is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Chester is more than a picture book. It is a story told, and retold, by dueling author-illustrators. M?lanie Watt starts out with the story of a mouse in a house. Then M?lanie''s cat, Chester, sends the mouse packing and proceeds to cover the pages with rewrites from his red marker, and the gloves are off. M?lanie and her mouse won''t take Chester''s antics lying down. And Chester is obviously a creative powerhouse with confidence to spare. Where will this war of the picture-book makers lead? Is it a one-way ticket to Chesterville, or will M?lanie get her mouse production off the ground?

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10.63 × 9.06 × 0.05 in

Published: August 1, 2009

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554534607

ISBN - 13: 9781554534609

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and unique! As I sit here thinking about what to write for this review, I feel at a loss for words. Not because it’s a bad book — because it’s far from that — but because it’s just so unique and cute that I can’t think of what else to say for it. Chester is the story of Melanie Watt, really, who’s trying to write a story about a mouse, but Chester keeps wanting to write his own story as she writes. So he goes in and changes thing with his trusty red marker, crossing out what Melanie writes and crafting his own idea of a good story. This was such a cute book and I really enjoyed the interaction between Melanie and Chester. I liked how it wasn’t a random person writing a story, but the author of the book herself. Chester is a great character, just so full of himself and his abilities as an author. Of course, isn’t it only a cat who could put themselves on such a high pedestal? Charming Handsome Envy of Mouse Smart Talented Envy of Mélanie Really handsome Chester may not be the favourite Melanie Watt creation — for me, Scaredy Squirrel will always hold a special place in my heart — but he is definitely worthy of a place in a book. And it’s always so wonderful to find unique and giftable Canadian books. I’m not so much a cat person, but I remember reading Garfield comics when I was younger and loving them. Chester is the Garfield for the new millenium. Read his story and be prepared to laugh and feel sympathy for Melanie — will we ever get her story? Recommended.
Date published: 2012-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very funny! My 7 year old granddaughter loves reading this book! I think she loves the "cheekiness" of Chester who is always challenging the author and loves to scroll irreverent comments in red ink - even in the author's biographical information! I think the humour is pitched exactly right for everyone - including adults who are sharing the book! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2011-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's not funny.. it's HILARIOUS! We have loved this book from our first reading. My son loves the wit and humour of Melanie... I mean Chester! It's a great read along book because parent and child can read the different characters. It's so clever even the adults loves the book. I have bought this book and given many as gifts because I want to share this gem that we have found.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Interactive Read This book is funny, creative, and nothing like you have ever read. The book is to be written about a mouse and Chester the cat comes along with his own idea about the book and what it should be about -- When Chester finally gets his own way, he is taught to be careful what you wish for!! :)
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meow! This book is so funny because chester writes over Melanie Watt`s writ ing so he puts, the story he likes it it is so funny that you head will blow off!
Date published: 2009-07-26

– More About This Product –

Chester

by Melanie Watt
Illustrator Melanie Watt

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10.63 × 9.06 × 0.05 in

Published: August 1, 2009

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554534607

ISBN - 13: 9781554534609

About the Book

This story is told--and retold--by dueling author-illustrators, but who will win out? Will it be Mlanie Watt or her cat with confidence to spare, Chester? Full color.

From the Publisher

Chester is more than a picture book. It is a story told, and retold, by dueling author-illustrators. M?lanie Watt starts out with the story of a mouse in a house. Then M?lanie''s cat, Chester, sends the mouse packing and proceeds to cover the pages with rewrites from his red marker, and the gloves are off. M?lanie and her mouse won''t take Chester''s antics lying down. And Chester is obviously a creative powerhouse with confidence to spare. Where will this war of the picture-book makers lead? Is it a one-way ticket to Chesterville, or will M?lanie get her mouse production off the ground?

About the Author

Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

Editorial Reviews

Highly Recommended

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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