Chester's Masterpiece

Chester's Masterpiece

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by Mélanie Watt, Melanie Watt

When M?lanie Watt's egomaniacal cat, Chester, returns determined to write his own masterpiece, a duel over the creative process ensues.See more details below

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When M?lanie Watt's egomaniacal cat, Chester, returns determined to write his own masterpiece, a duel over the creative process ensues.

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Publishers Weekly
In troublemaking Chester's third outing, he again hijacks the narrative, blithely wielding a red marker as he creates his own story (at the expense of Watt and a much-abused mouse). The usurped author converses with Chester via sticky notes, attempting to coax him into relinquishing control (“C'mon! You can't copy bits and pieces of another story! REAL authors come up with their own ideas!!”). But sassy Chester is determined to do things his way. The clever concept still works, and the warring banter will have readers eagerly flipping the pages, up to the laugh-out-loud conclusion. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Chester's Masterpiece is supposedly crafted by that sly cat himself, "with NO help from Melanie Watt." After hiding Watt's art supplies and computer mouse, Chester takes over, in a book filled with his arrogant boasts along with, the sometimes desperate, post-it interjections from Watt herself. A small real mouse frequently adds his presence (and occasional comments) in this riotous romp by an aspiring feline author-illustrator groping his way toward producing a book of his own. On the way, he offers helpful pointers, before he meets his match in the end. Chester's illustrations, decorated with bits of paper and tape, are made with a red felt marker that also produces his text on three-hole-punched lined paper. As expected from this untutored artist, the pictures are crude, but adequately represent what is necessary for his stories. Chester painted by Watt, in contrast, is a more naturalistic but still cartoon-y cat. Fun on every page from the dedication on. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Chester, the irascible calico cat who likes to hijack Mélanie Watt's books, is at it again. This time, the wily and willful feline has hidden all of his creator's art supplies. Armed with his trademark red marker, he sets out to create his very own story on lined, taped, and stapled notebook paper. Poor Mélanie is reduced to penciled Post-it notes as she demands that Chester turn over her supplies. When he finally runs out of ink and Watt regains control, she draws Chester in a silly get-up. But as usual, the cat reveals a final sly payback. The tongue-in-cheek back and forth dialogue between the cat and his off-scene author will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Fans of Chester (2007) and Chester's Back! (2008, both Kids Can) will celebrate the return of silliness, and new readers will seek out the first titles to get more of this blithely egotistical feline and his exasperated owner.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Chester, Canadian cat author extraordinaire, is back for a third self-aggrandizing volume without any help from Melanie Watt. He has hidden her art supplies AND her computer mouse (which apparently tastes like chicken). He is in full control of this outing . . . unfortunately, she's found a pencil and some Post-it notes. Even though he tries to tell his story, she keeps interrupting to ask for her stuff back, while Mouse (who looks suspiciously like the human author) just keeps kibitzing. Still, Chester manages to tell the tale of Supercat saving the world from Dr. Meanmouse and one about Captain Cat surviving a whale attack, unlike poor Skipper Mouse. But then the unthinkable occurs: Chester's marker runs out of ink. Watt's chunky puss with delusions of grandeur (and writing skill) helms a sorta-meta-adventure sure to delight his fans. Chester appears in full watercolor while his own "illustrations" are in his trademark red marker. There are plenty of giggles along the way, and the author's revenge (not to mention Chester's hiding place for her supplies) will elicit gales of laughter. A must purchase, especially where the first two are loved. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Kids Can Press, Limited
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9.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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