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Chester (edition 2009)

by Melanie Watt, Melanie Watt (Illustrator)

Series: Chester (1)

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Title:Chester
Authors:Melanie Watt
Other authors:Melanie Watt (Illustrator)
Info:Kids Can Press (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:1st-3rd grd, easy, cats, mouse, comical

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Chester by Melanie Watt

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Chester is a funny cat that steals his author’s red marker and makes changes to his book. I really liked this book because it seemed to break the fourth wall. The book begins as a normal story about a cat, until Chester begins to cross out words and talk to Watts, the author, as well as the reader explaining that he wants a more exciting story. Chester pops of the page as a real cat, instead of just a character. Watts also speaks directly to Chester throughout book expressing her annoyances with him. The illustrations included aid the reader in understanding who Watts or Chester is addressing; it can become confusing while reading the book. One of the downsides of the book is that there are a lot of passive aggressive comments made by both Watts and Chester that come across in a rude way. The book is intended to be funny, but the rude conversations could influence young readers in a negative way. Watts went on to write two other books in the Chester series. ( )
  kprinc3 | Mar 12, 2015 |
Chester is a book about a mouse trying to tell his story while a cat, named Chester comes in with his red marker and re-writes it. This story has no acutal plot, but its good for entertainment value. The pictures and corrections Chester makes over the pictures in his red marker are adorable. Im sure children would love this book. ( )
  BriannaMaeee | Feb 24, 2015 |
This book was allegedly supposed to be about a mouse who lived in a house in the country, but somehow during it's production it was hijacked by an assertive cat named Chester, who "edited" the author's story with a red marker to make it more about him. The author and Chester interacted throughout the story, and I really liked the non traditional format that this interaction created. The amount of textual feature in this book is enormous; the illustrations the author made were critical to the story, and even more important were the "changes" that Chester made with his red marker, which basically drove the story. The author finally gave in to Chester and made the story about him, but "struck back" by writing in to the story that Chester loved wearing a pink tutu. I really liked this book because of it's humor and ingenuity, but the message of this book was somewhat unclear to me. I believe the central message of this book was to not be a narcissist, and that trying to make everything about you can sometimes backfire, as it did to Chester.

Reading level: grades 1-3 ( )
  AdamLarson | Dec 9, 2014 |
I would use this story to introduce point of view to my students. As groups they would discuss what they heard in the story and who they think the point of view is from. ( )
  hollyegirard | Nov 29, 2014 |
This book provides a lot of clues to help the reader read with the correct type of expression. This book also, is a great book to look at the cat and mouse's point of views.This book could be used to help readers make and confirm predictions. ( )
  Spinea1 | Nov 29, 2014 |
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For Marcos, Eva, Melina and Laya (crossed out)

For Chester because I couldn't have made this book without him. He's the smartest, most handsome cat in the world. I wish I could be lie him someday.
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Once upon a time there was a mouse.
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A self-centered cat named Chester keeps interrupting his owner as she tries to write a story about a mouse.

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