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Chester's Back! Hardcover – August 1, 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Chester Series

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Series: Chester
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554532876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554532872
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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For all the kids who loved Chester, he has returned in this second book of the battle of the authors. Author Melanie starts to write a story, and Chester the cat interrupst with his red marker to change things. Of course, Chester, being a normally self-centered cat, wants everything his way, and Melanie deals with him -- sometimes in a surprising way. Just as in the first book, Melanie's writing is a different color than Chester's, so the reader can identify whose comments are whose. Again as in the first book, the two voices might be confusing to a young preschooler. We found it is funny to use two different readers for the parts of Melanie and Chester. Fun for ages 4-7.
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Chester's Back is a delightful sequel that made my students laugh, giggle, gasp and beg for the book to be read over and over again! I loved the battle of the ink colors- it made the students consider the issue of audience within the story! The open audition had the students making text-to-text and text-to-world connections that left his librarian in awe! While my students rated the first Chester book as the best, they hold the two books as some of their favorites that I have read aloud all year long!

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Alright, if your child love Chester than he will love this book too. With that said, it is not as good as the first or the third book. Maybe, because the first few pages the author is repeating same lines over and over again. My kids like the third one the best. My son's first grade teacher have the first book in her class, and it is their classroom's favorite. I always say that one should check it out at the library before buying it.
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