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Watt, Mélanie (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Chester is more than a picture book. It is a story told, and retold, by dueling author-illustrators. M?lanie Watt starts out with the story of a mouse in a house. Then M?lanie's cat, Chester, sends the mouse packing and proceeds to cover the pages with rewrites from his red marker, and the gloves are off. M?lanie and her mouse won't take Chester's antics lying down. And Chester is obviously a creative powerhouse with confidence to spare. Where will this war of the picture-book makers lead? Is it a one-way ticket to Chesterville, or will M?lanie get her mouse production off the ground?
Authors: Watt, Mélanie, 1975-
Title: Chester
Publisher: Toronto ; Tonawanda : Kids Can Press, c2007.
Characteristics: [30] p. :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.
Audience: 350
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 18 10005
ISBN: 9781554534609
Statement of Responsibility: written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 Quiz: 116744.
Subject Headings: Cats Fiction. Authorship Juvenile fiction. Cats Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: Cats
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The concept of this book is adorable and written in a way that is generally playful and patient instead of mean. I clarified this book when I read it to my older preschool kids by saying " Melanie said..." but Chester didn't like that so he said "...". They still found the plot a bit hard to follow but still funny enough to request that it be read again another time. The illustrations are brilliant and the storyline is easier to follow on a second or third read through.

Original and hilarious — as much for the parents as for the kids. I have to admit though, that I winced when I saw the punchline [spoiler alert]: the author embarrasses Chester by putting him in a pink tutu. I don't like the archaic pink = girly theme, so I found it a bit of a bummer that the author couldn't have found a more clever, up-to-date way to put Chester in his place.

Jul 23, 2013
  • MariePat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Chester tries to take over the book! Cute story!

Oct 01, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Instant classic. Love both the French and English versions.

Feb 21, 2012
  • ChristyH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

My kids could not stop laughing when they were reading this. Melanie Watt has another winner with Chester!

Mar 16, 2011
  • librarylin16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Even though Chester is trying to take control of the book, he's still sweet and lovable. Better for one-on-one viewing as opposed to reading aloud to a group. There is so much to see - you can actually read the book from cover to cover!

Apr 23, 2009
  • awake88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 22, 2009
  • Saphira rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

My husband and I bought this book - for no one but ourselves! Yes, it's that much fun, and reminds us both of the 'tude that both of our calicos display, um, frequently!

Apr 02, 2009
  • greatreader09 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely love the way this book is written. Something different makes it fascinating, and motivates children to read.

Mar 30, 2009
  • baller123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is so funny and dum

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Apr 23, 2009
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Apr 22, 2009
  • Saphira rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.


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