Chester

Chester

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554534609
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date: 08/28/2009
Series: Chester Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 118,404
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: 480L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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.

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Chester 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
CueLaughter More than 1 year ago
I read the two editorial reviews on this website. The review by Maryanne Owen proves that she must be the stereotypical hair-in-a-bun, cold, humorless, "Shhhhh-ing," librarian. She is the one who doesn't "get it." This book is absolutely fabulous. It is ingenious in that it entertains the child and the adult. It is filled with clever details that adults can appreciate in the same way Pixar does this in Toy Story (and others). Also, there are many, many details for the child to discover in the writing and the illustrations and even in the book flap. I've read this aloud to many classes and they adore it. They laugh and fully enjoy spotting the details as if they were looking at an I Spy book. Any adult or child with a cat will "get" the character of Chester, the cat. The author has obviously spent many an hour with a pampered feline to be this cleverly insightful. I absolutely applaud the outstanding creativity at the heart of the book; it is not just another story about a cute furry kitty. Chester engages with the author and therefore, the reader feels at ease in engaging in a conversation about the book (and its' ongoing changes). It makes for a delightful, interactive experience. I love that Chester is not filled with pathetic, watered-down humor, but humor that children can relate to because it is real. It is humor they find in the quirky charm of a sibling that always wears a cowboy hat or that of a single-minded pet that will not stay off their father's morning newspaper, no matter how many times he's removed. Humor and laughter do abound and are enough to justify reading this over and over, but there is a lesson in it, if you choose to communicate it: being self-absorbed and pestering to get your way does not work. A conversation with a younger child could be about whining. With an older child, the conversation could go to compromise or not bullying to get his way. I have given this book to my school's library and to many, many children. I think it makes a great gift, especially when paired with its' sequel, Chester's Back. I can tell you the real "experts," do "get" this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book for the child (girl or boy) and for the parent. My 6 yr. old loves it and wants to have it read to her every night before bed. We bought it for her school library in honor of her birthday. Now we will have to buy another just so we can have it at home all the time. It's a very charming book. At the very end, I was wanting more dialogue. But it's still very cute book for any child. I think this particular book needs to have it's own series going and see what else Chester is up to. It has a potential Garfield-feel about it. I hope to see more from Chester and Melanie Watt.
manich01 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Chester is one mischevious cat! How will the author contend with his attention-getting tendencies before her story is ruined? Kids of all ages will enjoy the humor and wit of this tale of envy and retribution.
AbundanceofBooks on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Poor Melanie was trying to write a story about a mouse who lived in the country. He was a very well behaved mouse and he probably had a cute story, but Melanie's cat Chester butted into the story, so now we'll never know. Melanie and Chester fight over the story through the entire book, Mouse is patiently riding along. Chester has his big red marker that he uses to alter illustrations and text to his own liking. Luckily Melanie can exert some control. She pretends to give in to Chester's demands, but she gets him back for all of his troubles by squeezing him into a pink tutu.This story was delightful. I loved Watt's tidy watercolor illustrations and the enormous and fluffy Chester. Chester, and his attitude, run riot over the story, leaving fun little notes and pictures throughout the book. Seriously, it's like a Where's Waldo of little red marker additions - there was something on every page. I can't wait to read this to a class, but think it's even better to share one -on-one because of the visual details.Verdict:I pulled this out of the box and started laughing right away. It was a great tug-of-war of a story and impossible not to enjoy. I will definitely be buying this book (and the other Chester books) for the family collection. I give it 5 stars.
cflorap on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Readers who are familiar with the attention-hogging ways of cats will find this book laugh-out-loud funny. The "original author," Melanie, wanted to write a story about a mouse, but her cat Chester thinks he can tell a much better story. His red marker has edited and embellished the original text and illustrations: he has sent the mouse away and used his marker to vandalize the mouse's house (added a ball of yarn, added cat ears to the family portraits, and so on). Melanie attempts to take the story back from him, but Chester is determined to do as he pleases.Chester has literally made his mark all over this book, so its once-traditional layout and watercolor illustrations are now decorated with childish drawings and scrawlings in red marker. The formatting is creative, playing with the idea of Chester as an intruder, breaking out the the illustration and text frames. The humor and sass will make this a favorite with preschool through third grade children, as it holds up to repeat readings. It is highly recommended for anyone of any age who has lived with a cat like Chester, as well as for children's collections in public libraries and for elementary school and classroom libraries.
Andreawallin on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Reaction: This laugh out loud picture book provides such witty dialogue between author and character that one doesn¿t want it to end.
trikle1 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book was very interesting. There is also a sequel book.
derbygirl on LibraryThing 10 months ago
(easy, picture) Chester is the author's cat. As she is drafting her story of a mouse, Chester gets a hold of a red marker and decides he will tell the story his way. His way being he gets to be the star of the story and not the mouse. The author has the last laugh though, when she gives Chester his way but puts him into a pink tutu. Just a silly story, nothing really to learn from here, the book's purpose is just to create a chuckle or two. Perhaps a fun activity would be to let the kids draw with fat red markers on papers, boxes or paper plates.
laurakurtz on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the first book in the fun and unique Chester series. Chester is a house cat of the author's, and he attempts to take over Watt's book, ostensibly about a mouse in a house. Chester keeps trying to make the book all about him using his red marker. The story keeps changing because Watt will not allow Chester to rule the book, but he will not stop trying.
ErikSalvail on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Chester is the lovable attention hound who wishes for Melanie Watt to write about him. With his red marker, he ensures that her story about a mouse becomes a story about him. I loved this book, feeling that it crosses a point where you wonder if Melanie has been split into a duel personality. A fun and funny book for children and adults, I highly recommend this and all books by Melanie Watt. Furthermore, the illustrations are superbly done, so my only disappointment comes from the blank area, that has remained blank, on the cover that reads (in read marker), 'place my award here.'
KellyKnox on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Chester is absolutely hilarious. The book is written as if the author's cat keeps taking over the story with his red marker, in order to make it all about himself. Could be a fun story time for little ones, but it's funny enough that kids pretty far into primary school will still giggle at it. Melanie Watt really has a great sense of humor. The illustrations are really cute and funny too.
mmwrigh3 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Really fun easy read. Great idea and illustrations. About a cat taking over the story of a mouse. The cat literally scratches out text written by the author, and writes in what he has to say with a red marker. Chester wants to be the star of the story and when the author has enough of his mischievous behavior she does make him the "star" of the story and then puts him in a pink tutu, which Chester hates! Silly story there isn't a clear lesson to be learned, but all the same fun.
feboudre on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a very cute story about a cat who wants to be the star of the book. A mouse is telling the story but throughout the book, the cat Chester is crossing the mouse's story out and writes his own. The pictures and text must be seen to understand the text; hard to read aloud.Genre: FictionAge(s): 7-10
ShellyCBuchanan on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Chester is a mischievous cat who wants his paws in everything, including the story his mistress is writing. He is constantly interrupting her with his paws-on shenanigans and tries to completely take over the story she is writing. This delightful picture book surprises at every turn of the page. The creative illustrations and font style and color which show Chester's personality and naughtiness made me laugh out load.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Great introduction to metafiction that could be called Chester in Charge or maybe Hangin' With Mr. Chester.
alliek710 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A very funny book that any child would love to hear out loud because they might not understand the concept at first.
jrozean0128 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Chester is a story of a several characters, the author Melanie Watt, a mouse, and of course Chester the cat. It seems that the author is trying to write a tale about a mouse, but Chester appears to be copyediting the manuscript as the story is unfolding. Chester rewrites the story in such manner to get rid of the mouse and put himself as the protagonist of the story. The author finally agrees and writes in a wardrobe change for Chester ¿ a pick tutu.This story reminded me of a book titled ¿The Tao of Pooh.¿ In this book the author, Benjamin Hoff, is trying to explain the Chinese philosophy of Taoism by illustrating that the favorite character of Winnie-the-Poo has a similar outlook on life as a Taoist. The author is constantly interrupted by Poo, who does not seem to realize that the author is trying to get some work done on the book.I think that this book can be used to demonstrate point of view of a story. Obviously Chester wishes to write the story in first person, while Ms Watt is trying to write a story in third person. Perhaps this very complicated aspect of literature could be taught with this story. Along this same line, after a discussion about point of view each child could write their own story from either a first person perspective of a third person perspective based upon what they had learned.
Katya0133 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The author of this book wants to tell the story her way but Chester, her cat, wants the story to be all about him and keeps drawing over her illustrations in red pen. A funny take on breaking the "fourth wall" of storytelling.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is hilarious. Melanie Watt sets out to draw a story about a house, but her Cat Chester steals a red marker and tries to take over the story. This is a very entertaining pictuer books, with lots of visual joes as Melanie and Chester race to out draw each other. But the bit that makes it especially splendid it the wonderful drawings of Chester, they are chic full of personality, from his lazy stretch across a rug, to his outrage at being dressed in a pin tutu.The text and the pictures are both employed to great effect telling Chester's story (or the mouse's)
allie_mansfield on LibraryThing 10 months ago
What a funny story. The author was so creative with this piece. I love the drawings and the plot of book.
adge73 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Poor Ms. Watt is trying to write a story about a mouse, but the cat, Chester, just won't let her. Not everything about the story works for me, but I love Chester's personality as he writes "Place MY Award Here" in a circle on the cover in red pen and insists that he lives in Chesterville, "where mice weren't allowed. It was a beautiful day." Chester is also wonderfully, delightfully fat.
dyrrah More than 1 year ago
My kid has all three Chester books and loves them.
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