The Resource Chester, written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt

Chester, written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt

Label
Chester
Title
Chester
Statement of responsibility
written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Member of
Award
  • Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2008.
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland) for Picture Books, 2010.
  • Blue Spruce Award (Ontario), 2009.
  • British Columbia Achievement Foundation Award for Early Literacy, 2009.
  • Golden Archer Awards (Wisconsin): Primary, 2009.
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona), Picture Book Category, 2010.
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Grades K-3, 2011.
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award for Primary School, 2011.
  • OLA Best Bets, 2007.
Review
  • PreS-K— While the conceit behind this book is quite clever, the presentation will be puzzling to young children and won't be of interest to those who are old enough to "get it." Watt begins writing a story about a mouse that lives in the country. However, her cat, Chester, wants the story to be about him, so he takes a red marker in paw and begins to write his own tale in addition to, and sometimes instead of, the author's. The book needs to be read in two voices (the author's and the cat's) in order to make sense to young listeners; but even then, there is not enough plot to garner their interest, and the concept will require too much explanation. The "story" is merely about the pair's test of wills. Charming pencil and watercolor illustrations, assembled digitally, depict Chester as a pudgy tabby and the mouse as tiny and gray. The chances of this book being requested more than once are remote.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI --Maryann H. Owen (Reviewed December 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 12, p102)
  • /* Starred Review */ 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 tug-of-war with the eponymous marmalade puss, who has a figure like Nero Wolfe and an outsize ego to match. Chester is determined to thwart Watt’s attempts to write a nice little book about a winsome country mouse; using a red magic marker, he writes, “Then Mouse packed his bags and went on a trip very, very far away and we never saw him ever again!” underneath Watt’s opening sentence and attempts to make himself the star of the show. Volleys of creativity and red ink follow: Watt introduces a fierce dog, only to have Chester make him vegetarian; Chester begins a new story set in Chesterville (“where mice weren’t allowed”), but Watt makes it rain, washing his work away. Chester retaliates by caricaturing the author (“Hi. 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 and blatant disregard for artistic integrity, may suspect that this is one kitty who has not yet begun to fight. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed November 5, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 44, p63)
  • /* Starred Review */ Mlanie Watt is NOT the author of this book—Chester, her plump calico cat with the big red marker, is. Mouse is NOT the star of the story. Chester uses his red marker to edit the story, sending Mouse on a vacation: "Hasta la vista, Mousie!" Mouse returns from Mexico with a big bulldog. Chester uses the power of the pen to make the dog vegetarian. Mlanie and Mouse try to take back control, but Chester edits himself a perfectly Chester-filled day. Mlanie rains on his parade, so Chester writes THE END. When Mlanie capitulates and makes Chester the star, he's not the least bit happy with the wardrobe. Canadian creator of Scaredy Squirrel, Watt has concocted an excellent and decidedly silly addition to the meta-textual picture-book canon. Chester is a cheeky and delightful author/hero. He's even conveniently marked a place on the cover of his book for an award sticker. Highly recommended. (Picture book. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
219032
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Watt, Mélanie
Dewey number
jC813/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.W33225
LC item number
C5 2007
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 0
Reading level
1.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Chester books
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cats
  • Storytelling
  • Picture books for children
  • Cats
  • Cats
  • Picture books for children
  • Storytelling
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Chester, written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm84387356
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781554530250
Lccn
00587763
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781554531400
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)84387356
Label
Chester, written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm84387356
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781554530250
Lccn
00587763
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781554531400
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)84387356

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