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"Chester is going to be a laugh-aloud choice." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet’s books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today.

In both his career as an author and illustrator of children’s books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know."

At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well.

Bill Peet’s signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes.

"At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn’t possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 11, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395272718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395272718
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet's books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today.
In both his career as an author and illustrator of children's books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know."

At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well.

Bill Peet's signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes.

"At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn't possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.

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The art work is fantastic.
Masaka
According to Bill Peets autobiography, this book was his favorite because it reflected his own past .
microjoe
This book was a gift for my sister-in-law for Christmas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 10, 2002
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The story of a young pig named chester that wants to join the circus very badly. He trys to get in any way he can, so he can show them his great acrobatic tricks. He finally balances on his nose when the train goes by to get their attention. The book is a sweet story with nice illustrations.

According to Bill Peets autobiography, this book was his favorite because it reflected his own past . The story of Chester the pigs journey to join the circus is similar to Peet's own journey as a young man to try to get work for Disney studios as an animator in his younger days. Peet did in fact become a successful animator and storymand for Disney. Roscoe the master showman in the story, is in reality Bill's old boss Walt Disney. Walt was respected by Peet, even if they had their differences. If you like Bill Peets books, be sure to read his autobiography, and this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2000
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Quite simply, this is a must for both kids and adults. It is a wonderful story that teaches the importance of "just being you". After loving this book as a child, I bought a copy to read to my children some day. More parents should take another look at Bill Peet books.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
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I love Chester! I use this book to introduce a thematic unit in my classroom. Chester is a great character that the children identify with and they root for him throughout the book. When we discover exactly why Chester is the "worldly" pig, the students go crazy!! This story is an excellent springboard for geography and the seven continents!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1998
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Chester is just another one of Bill Pete's wonderful classics with a great and uplifting ending that proves that everyone has something special about them that can be found with the help of the right person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Masaka on January 28, 2014
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I've been a mother-fan of Bill Peet for 30+ years. My children grew up on them and now my grandchildren. What I like best is the life lessons and morals that are cleverly taught. The language is great fun but also stretches the vocabulary of the growing child. The stories are captivating and everybody (including the parent) can recognize some of the shortcomings in themselves. But the stories alway end with a happy lesson learned and much forgiveness all around. The art work is fantastic. I love reading to children and these books offer plenty of scope for expression and drama, which children love. Bill Pete spent 37 years working for Disney on all the animated greats from Snow White and Bambi all the way up to 101 Dalmations and everything in between. He also worked on the scripts for these movies and after reading even one of his books you can see that same incredible talent. These books should be in every home. After checking them out from the library numerous times over the many years my children were growing up, I am finally starting my own library for my grandchildren. Many of my paper-back versions fell completely apart (with not that much use) so this time it'll be all hard cover.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on December 17, 2005
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This book begins with a very dissatisfied looking Chester contemplating his fate as a young pig. Considering the likely direction of his life, he determines to act rather than to be acted upon. "But before I end up as so much sausage and ham, I intend to try and amount to something", he says.

This decision sets off a series of adventures, near misses, and mishaps that expose the proactive porker to the harsh and cruel world outside his farm. Soon his attempt to transcend his identity is replaced by the more immediate struggle simply to survive. This leads Chester to ultimately abandon himself to his destiny.

And then, when he has ceased all striving, the direction of his life changes, in a positive and unexpected way.

While this book has a happy ending, the world it portrays is dark and forbidding. Chester is spared as a result of chance rather than his own good works or grace. As a parent reading Chester to my children I found this world view to be quite disturbing. For this reason I'd recommend other Bill Peet books (for instance The Pinkish Purplish Bluish Egg) over this one.
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Thank you SOOOO much!! This book was a gift for my sister-in-law for Christmas. I was trying to find gifts for each of my family members that would be nostalgic, something they remembered from when they were little but had not laid eyes on for many years. Thank you for making this possible this 2013 Christmas:)
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I wrote a note saying she had to read and read and read some more, until Santa comes. Santa will help her to name her Worldly Pig.. All is done!! Santa come and brings a pig with Chalk coating ... she love her pig!

A California girl
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