Chester by Melanie Watt

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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?
 

About Melanie Watt

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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.
 
Published September 1, 2007 by Kids Can Press, Ltd.. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mélanie Watt is NOT the author of this book—Chester, her plump calico cat with the big red marker, is.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Chester

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This sidesplitting metafiction offers further proof of Watt’s (the Scaredy Squirrel books) extravagantly fresh, cheeky voice. Here, the exasperated author-illustrator engages in a literary tu

Nov 05 2007 | Read Full Review of Chester

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In troublemaking Chester's third outing, he again hijacks the narrative, blithely wielding a red marker as he creates his own story (at the expense of Watt and a much-abused mouse).

Feb 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Chester

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In this mischievous follow-up to her comical metafiction, Chester , Watt—who is both character and author—thinks she's hit on a way to keep her cat's huge ego in check: make him the star of his very own fairy tale.

Jun 30 2008 | Read Full Review of Chester

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What are you doing?I'm trying to write a book review about this cute little children's book I found at my library.Sorry about my cat, Jespah, folks.Anyway, this was a cute little story about how one author was trying to write a book about a little mouse when her cat, Chester, kept getting in the ...

Aug 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Chester

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I am Mélanie Watt and I am very angry !” reads a speech bubble), and the mouse even enters the act, complaining, “I can’t work like this!” The closing pages seem to give Watt the upper hand (hint: a humiliating pink tutu is involved), but readers, who will adore Chester’s unbridled self-interest ...

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Project MUSE

Audiences may remember Watt’s obstreperous cat Chester from Chester (BCCB 11/07), wherein he took control of the book and turned it into a self-appreciation;

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Cat owner and cat fight out the battle for narrative supremacy spread by spread, with Chester drawing cats over...

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