Chester by Mélanie WattChester by Mélanie Watt


byMélanie WattIllustratorMélanie Watt

Picture Books | August 1, 2009

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Chester is more than a picture book. It is a story told, and retold, by dueling author-illustrators.

Mélanie Watt starts out with the story of a mouse in a house. Then Mélanie's cat, Chester, sends the mouse packing and proceeds to cover the pages with rewrites from his red marker, and the gloves are off.

Mélanie 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 Mélanie get her mouse production off the ground?
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 Sq...
Title:ChesterFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 11 × 9.38 × 0.12 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554534607

ISBN - 13:9781554534609

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Chester is funny. Fun story for fun children. Adults may have a laugh or two.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! Chester is a hilarious and fun story that fans of Scaredy Squirrel will enjoy. A great picture book and story.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious My kids (9,7,5) love this book. A great read aloud that adults will enjoy reading as often as kids demand it!
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! This book is so cleverly written and absolutely hilarious. My grade 2 class loved it so much! Definitely a favourite read aloud. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from laugh out loud this book will have you lauging from start to finish. very sassy .
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sassy Such an inventive book! Interaction/conflict between main character (Chester) and the writer!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun I bought this book for my child and he loves it!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from " Read it Agian!!"-sound familiar? It's a hilarious book for kids we wore out the book in no time it's a great time for bed or in the car book! Bright illustrations!
Date published: 2016-11-07
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

Editorial Reviews

This sidesplitting metafiction offers further proof of Watt's ... extravagantly fresh, cheeky voice.-Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review