Chester's Back!by Mélanie Watt
In this uproarious sequel to Chester, the battle of the picture-book makers continues. Which author-illustrator will come out on top Chester or Mélanie Watt is anybody's guess!This time, there's no denying (in Chester's mind) that he's the star of the show. His already outsize ego has ballooned even more due to a spate of "fan mail"
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It is a cute idea to have a cat that wants fame and fortune and is impossible to work with. The story was narrated by both the author and by Chester, which makes it difficult to read out loud. I've seen quite a few books like this lately, and I have had a difficult time with all of them. They are really hard to read to a young child and have them understand what is going on. My daughter hopped off my lap and walked away from the story about 3/4 of the way through. I think that it just wasn't a topic (the making of a book(?) star) that interested her. I did finish reading it myself, however. I thought that the jokes were pretty funny. Chester was mischievous, and the illustrations were fantastic. I really liked the way "open auditions" were held for the role of Chester and a bunch of animals dressed up in Chester outfits showed up for it. I think that this book would be better for older children that still appreciate picture books and can read it on their own.
Loved it! My 6 year old kindergartener laughed hysterically and we had to read it three times in a row. My kindergartener and third grader really like he Scaredy Squirrel books too.