Chester longs to be a performer in the circus, but the road to stardom is rocky until someone discovers Chester's true "worldliness."
About the Author
Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet’s books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today.
In both his career as an author and illustrator of children’s books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know."
At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well.
Bill Peet’s signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes.
"At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn’t possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.
What People are Saying About This
"Chester is going to be a laugh-aloud choice." Kirkus Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Genre: FictionMedia: ink, water color, pastelsReview: This is a great fiction book. Although Chester is a pig you feel for him and support him along his many adventures. You believe that he has a soul and a character and is a real person.
As a youngster Chester the pig realizes that his lot in life is pretty grim. He thinks that if he is special he might not end up as ham or pork or bacon. So he decides to join the circus and practices and practices to learn a trick, it isn't easy but he is determined and one day he succeeds. Things do not go as easily as he thought they would, he faces one trial after another but perseveres all the time until at the end he learns he was special all along without even knowing it. This is a hilarious story. When the pig joins the circus and is dressed up in doll clothes with a clown pushing him around the ring the 7yo burst out laughing at the look on Chester's face. Plenty of other laughs to be found in this story that focuses on determination and perseverance through all odds.
Riveting tales that capture the hearts of children and explores the boundaries of a child's imagination.
I teach 2nd grade and we use this book during our map skills unit. We make our own stuffed Chesters out of pink paper and have the kids glue the continents to his body. It's so much fun!