Chester's Back!

Chester's Back!

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by Mélanie Watt
     
 

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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? on the…  See more details below

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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? on the heels of his self-titled debut. As Chester sees it, who needs Melanie Watt when they have Chester? He's got no shortage of his own storytelling ideas. With heavy paw and red marker, this control-freak cat does not hesitate to commit them to paper. When Chester starts acting far too Hollywood, Melanie calls an open audition to replace the high-maintenance feline. This isn't a move that Chester will take lying down.

Get ready for a seesaw comedy of dueling author-illustrators. Who will come out on top is anybody's guess!

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Youngsters don’t need to know the first book to grasp the delicious extent of Chester’s narcissism here, so both tyros and Chester fans can revel in the literary war even as they secretly identify with Chester’s excessive self-confidence.

This is an original and fun tale for sharing one-on-one and in small groups

This is an original and fun tale for sharing one-on-one and in small groups

Aspiring author Chester, a chubby calico cat, is back for another metatextual tussle ... the antics of the overbearing cat and his exasperated author/owner will elicit chuckles aplenty from returning fans and those new to the battle, from front flyleaf to back.

Aspiring author Chester, a chubby calico cat, is back for another metatextual tussle ... the antics of the overbearing cat and his exasperated author/owner will elicit chuckles aplenty from returning fans and those new to the battle, from front flyleaf to back.

In this mischievous follow-up to her comical metafiction, Chester ... Readers will be dazzled by the cat’s rampant self-regard and tickled by his ongoing battle of wits with his owner/creator.

In this mischievous follow-up to her comical metafiction, Chester ... Readers will be dazzled by the cat’s rampant self-regard and tickled by his ongoing battle of wits with his owner/creator.

Publishers Weekly

In this mischievous follow-up to her comical metafiction, Chester, Watt-who is both character and author-thinks she's hit on a way to keep her cat's huge ego in check: make him the star of his very own fairy tale. But as Chester once again makes clear, scrawling in red marker over almost every page (only the endpapers are left unscathed), he's not going to be easily placated-or dismissed. Being a picture book star has gone to his already swollen head: "Dear admirers," he begins, "Due to an overwhelming amount of fan mail, I, Chester, am back...." Colorful envelopes below this message are addressed to Chester from Shakespeare ("Your #1 Fan"), Einstein and Picasso; a "typed" note from "M.W." next to an author photo reads, "Please forgive Chester. He's forgotten to mention that he wrote all those fan letters himself." A tiny mouse (Chester labels him his butler) provides running commentary, sometimes through gestures only. Readers will be dazzled by the cat's rampant self-regard (he claims to have invented the wheel) and tickled by his ongoing battle of wits with his owner/creator. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Chester, cat hero of the previous book with his name, takes over the telling of his story here, wielding a large red marker and interrupting each beginning attempt by the author with a new identity and more mischief. When he saws an illustration in half, the exasperated Watt auditions for a replacement character, but Chester will not allow it. Watt finally agrees to his demands, with a twist that leads to a laugh-filled ending for this romp. Watts digitally assembles her own minimal pencil and watercolor illustrations combined with Chester's heavy-handed marker drawings, throwing in several thin black borders and a tiny mouse with a big personality. The double-page sinuous line-up of 36 assorted auditioning animals, all dressed up in Chester's spotted hairy coat, is particularly comic nonsense. The final illustration of Chester as a "big star," but not the kind he wants, is followed by his advertisement for a new "talented creator" to replace Watt for his next picture book. It is all part of the fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

The big calico cat with an even bigger ego is back. Watt attempts to feature him in a fairy tale, but as readers of Chester (Kids Can, 2007) will anticipate, he is not interested. He whips out his red marker and makes the story his own-until Watt decides to replace him altogether. The author holds a casting call and tries to carry on with a replacement for Chester. Of course, the feisty feline will not let that happen, and for a moment readers may think that he has come out on top. Chester wants to be the star of the story, but as the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for!" The little gray mouse that was featured in the original book also returns. Chester has a great range of expressions that work along with the red-marker text to develop a lovable character. The use of color and font to indicate the speakers and the mix of various illustration styles add definition to the story-within-the-story, and the pages are full of activity. Readers will discover new details with each viewing. This is an original and fun tale for sharing one-on-one and in small groups.-Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO

Kirkus Reviews
Aspiring author Chester, a chubby calico cat, is back for another metatextual tussle after the events of his 2007 debut, Chester. Melanie, his owner, has decided he's to have his own story . . . but Chester's not content just to be a character; he wants creative control. With red marker in paw, Chester rewrites (and draws) his tale. The medieval backdrop is too modern; Chester wants to be a cave cat. The toothy dinosaur Melanie introduces to bring him into line doesn't scare Chester, so she tries to replace him with a line of costumed critters-but Chester drives away the competition. What does Chester really want? A limo, his name in lights, billboards with his picture, lots of red jellybeans and acknowledged star status. When he gets everything he asks for, Chester finds the wardrobe not quite what he had in mind. Played out against the medieval drawing, the antics of the overbearing cat and his exasperated author/owner will elicit chuckles aplenty from returning fans and those new to the battle, from front flyleaf to back. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554534616
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Series:
Chester Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
330,769
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet 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.

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Chester's Back! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.