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Chester's Back! Hardcover – August 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554532876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554532872
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—The big calico cat with an even bigger ego is back. Watt attempts to feature him in a fairy tale, but as readers of Chester (Kids Can, 2007) will anticipate, he is not interested. He whips out his red marker and makes the story his own-until Watt decides to replace him altogether. The author holds a casting call and tries to carry on with a replacement for Chester. Of course, the feisty feline will not let that happen, and for a moment readers may think that he has come out on top. Chester wants to be the star of the story, but as the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for!" The little gray mouse that was featured in the original book also returns. Chester has a great range of expressions that work along with the red-marker text to develop a lovable character. The use of color and font to indicate the speakers and the mix of various illustration styles add definition to the story-within-the-story, and the pages are full of activity. Readers will discover new details with each viewing. This is an original and fun tale for sharing one-on-one and in small groups.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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Youngsters don’t need to know the first book to grasp the delicious extent of Chester’s narcissism here, so both tyros and Chester fans can revel in the literary war even as they secretly identify with Chester’s excessive self-confidence.

This is an original and fun tale for sharing one-on-one and in small groups

Aspiring author Chester, a chubby calico cat, is back for another metatextual tussle ... the antics of the overbearing cat and his exasperated author/owner will elicit chuckles aplenty from returning fans and those new to the battle, from front flyleaf to back.

In this mischievous follow-up to her comical metafiction, Chester ... Readers will be dazzled by the cat’s rampant self-regard and tickled by his ongoing battle of wits with his owner/creator.

More About the Author

Melanie Watt lives in Montreal, Quebec. She is the author and illustrator of a number of children's books including Scaredy Squirrel and Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend.

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Chester is a favorite among the grade school classes I read to every week.
George Paine
In Chester's Back, this comical cat makes the humorous book by Melanie Watt a favorite!
LiveLaughLove
It is also a really good book to teach your students about VOICE in writing.
Jenelle

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Cox VINE VOICE on August 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a children's author and I loved "Chester". He reminds me so much of my cat. It's obvious Melanie is a cat person. I loved Chester so much that I put "Chester's Back" on order so I could read it as soon as it came out. The books made me chuckle, and I'm sure it will be a big hit with the kids and the kittens in all of us. The Chester series has fun drawings that Chester adds to with his red marker, as well as additional comments. I give Chester an A.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenelle on October 20, 2008
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What an amazing sequel! Chester cracked us up the first time and continued to keep us rolling the second time. My students and I cannot wait for another book by Melanie Watt. We enjoy her humor! (It is also a really good book to teach your students about VOICE in writing.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 31, 2009
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"Chester's Back!" is about a fat orange cat (Chester), the author and illustrator Melanie Watt, and a mouse. It is so totally hilarious and definitely deserves 5 stars. (I wish I could give it more, but the max is 5). I'd say the best part is when Melanie tries to replace Chester through an audition. Yet he ruins it with his red marker. Well, for all of you who haven't read any of these books, I recommend you read the whole series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Robinson on November 2, 2008
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This is not as good as Chester, the first book, but the bar was set pretty high. Chester's Back is certainly a very fun read. My kids love Chester!!!! I took the first Chester to read to my son's first grade class. The class asked me to read it again and they asked their teacher to read it the next day, as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Hanlin on March 14, 2010
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I'm a grade 2 teacher and my kids race to get this book off of the shelf in our classroom library.
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In Chester's Back, this comical cat makes the humorous book by Melanie Watt a favorite! We have read it so many times and it seems to never get old. Read it, you won't be disappointed!
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By tspia on January 1, 2014
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My 4 1/2 yo loves Chester, he's outrageous and she really gets the concept of breaking the 4th wall (he talks to the reader about writing the book and to the supposed 'author' he takes the writing over from).
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By Judi K. Putnam on January 1, 2014
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Big hit with my granddaughter who is 6 and I got a big kick out of it too. I am sure her little sister will enjoy it in a few years.
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