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Chester (Paperback)

Chester Reprint Binding: Paperback Publisher: Kids Can Pr Publish Date: 2009/08/01 Synopsis: As the author/illustrator attempts to create a picture book about a mouse in a house, her rotund feline Chester sends the mouse packing and attempts to rewrite the story with his handy red marker
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This series of clever stories by Melanie Watt ... I mean her cat, Chester, are fun, clever and laugh-out-loud hilarious for kids and parents a like. My five-year-old constantly asks for these to be read aloud and never fails to laugh himself silly while doing so, no matter how many times he's heard the tale of the chubby cat who tries to take over the cute little mouse's intended story by wielding his red marker. I've even frequently caught my little guy giggling while reading this one to himself, with all appropriate voices, of course.

Watt, who also writes and illustrates the Scaredy Squirrel series, another family favorite, is one of, if the, best children's author/illustrator working today. She doesn't talk down to her audience and creates classic, clever stories that capture kids' imaginations and inspire them not only to...Read more

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     This series of clever stories by Melanie Watt ... I mean her cat, Chester, are fun, clever and laugh-out-loud hilarious for kids and parents a like. My five-year-old constantly asks for these to be read aloud and never fails to laugh himself silly while doing so, no matter how many times he's heard the tale of the chubby cat who tries to take over the cute little mouse's intended story by wielding his red marker. I've even frequently caught my little guy giggling while reading this one to himself, with all appropriate voices, of course.Watt, who also writes and illustrates the Scaredy Squirrel series, another family favorite, is one of, if the, best children's author/illustrator working today. She doesn't talk down to her audience and creates classic, clever stories that capture kids' imaginations and inspire them not only to...Read more
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This book just works! On one level its a fun, silly book sure to make kids giggle. On another, its great to teach them about narration, point of view, and alternate organization/writing styles. Its set up that the author, Melanie is writing a book, but her cat Chester dissaproves. He keeps coming in, scratching out what she wrote, and creating his own story. After Chester makes writing the book so difficult, Melanie gets her own back in a way guaranteed to cause laughter. What could be confusing is made clear through different fonts and color (Melanie writes in black, Chester has a red marker). It ends up being all about the byplay between Melanie and Chester. It does have a story, but its set out in a very different way than a classic picture book.I read it in my 1st grade classroom, and we actually got some great conversations (yes, with 6 year olds) about who was the narrator, can an author be a character, etc. I then put it in the classroom library and they had a great...Read more
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