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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Chester

illustrated by Mélanie Watt

Publisher
Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2007
Category
Humorous Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554534609
    Publish Date
    Aug 2009
    List Price
    $9.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554531400
    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
    List Price
    $18.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780545998611
    Publish Date
    Nov 2007
    List Price
    $11.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8

Description

 

See below for English description.

Chester, un chat égoïste et imbu de lui-même s'est injustement approprié l'histoire de souris de Mélanie Watt. Il préfère parler de lui-même; il se croit si intelligent! Une histoire à son sujet? Mélanie s'en charge, que ça plaise ou non à Chester!

 

Mélanie Watt starts out with the story of a mouse in a house. Then Mélanie's cat, Chester, sends the mouse packing and proceeds to cover the pages with rewrites from his red marker, and the gloves are off.

Mélanie 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 Mélanie get her mouse production off the ground?

Original title: Chester

 

About the author

La jeune auteure-illustratrice Mélanie Watt, née à Trois-Rivières, a remporté pour son travail de prestigieuses récompenses, dont le Prix Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz, le Prix Blue Spruce et le Prix Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon, tous les trois pour Frisson l'écureuil.

 

It was in a design class taught by Michèle Lemieux at the University of Quebec in Montreal that author and illustrator Mélanie Watt created her first picture book, Leon the Chameleon, which was later published by Kids Can Press. Watt went on to create several more books, including the Learning with Animals collection and Augustine, which was named an ALA Notable Children's Book. Watt has also illustrated Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night? and Bearcub and Mama, which won the 2006 IRA Teachers” Choices Project.

Mélanie's best known book, Scaredy Squirrel, has won many awards, including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children”s Book Award for Children”s Picture Book and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator”s Award. The release of Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend was met with enthusiastic reviews and incredible sales, confirming the arrival of kid lit's newest superstar. Chester, Chester's Back! and Chester's Masterpiece are about a megalomaniac cat who is every bit the antithesis to Scaredy. Chester has already become a bestseller, and shows the breadth and creativity of Mélanie Watt.

Scaredy returns to take a few more tentative steps out of his comfort zone in Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach and Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Mélanie has often noted how the Scaredy Squirrel books helped her work out her own insecurities and fears, as the success of these titles has required her to venture out into the unknown, and like Scaredy she has found the experience truly uplifting.

Mélanie currently resides near Montreal, Quebec.

 

Mélanie Watt's profile page

Awards

  • Long-listed, Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l'enfance et la jeunesse
  • Winner, prix Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon

Librarian Reviews

Chester

Mélanie Watt starts out with the story of a mouse in a house. Her cat character, Chester, then sends the mouse packing and proceeds to rewrite the story using his red marker.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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