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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554535662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554535668
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Chester, the irascible calico cat who likes to hijack Mélanie Watt's books, is at it again. This time, the wily and willful feline has hidden all of his creator's art supplies. Armed with his trademark red marker, he sets out to create his very own story on lined, taped, and stapled notebook paper. Poor Mélanie is reduced to penciled Post-it notes as she demands that Chester turn over her supplies. When he finally runs out of ink and Watt regains control, she draws Chester in a silly get-up. But as usual, the cat reveals a final sly payback. The tongue-in-cheek back and forth dialogue between the cat and his off-scene author will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Fans of Chester (2007) and Chester's Back! (2008, both Kids Can) will celebrate the return of silliness, and new readers will seek out the first titles to get more of this blithely egotistical feline and his exasperated owner.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Fat tabby Chester continues his fierce battle for control with author Watt. This time, Chester has taken over after hiding Watt’s art supplies and computer mouse. The cover image, which looks like it’s been taped and stapled over the real cover, showcases Chester brandishing his red marker, with the words “With NO help from” added before Watt’s credit. Chester is a gleeful and exuberant author, rejecting all of Watt’s Post-it notes on the ingredients of a good story. This dialogue vividly conveys what books are all about—genre, setting, plot, heroes, ending—in uproarious fashion. Grades K-2. --Connie Fletcher

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Gave this to my niece for her birthday and she loves it!
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The book is interactive and is fun to read you won't get bored with it!
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They laugh out loud and want me to read it over and over.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Barker on March 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Another uproarious laugh-out-loud a minute Chester masterpiece by Melanie Watt. We are definitely Chester fans in this house and this book met all our expectations and then some. If you haven't heard of Chester yet, you'll love the way this cat takes over the author's story and scribbles in his own ideas about what makes a great book. Joke after joke between author and character make any book with Chester in it a real winner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Like the Scaredy Squirrel books that she also writes, the Chester books by Melanie Watt are bright, silly, and original, and must-owns in our home.

If you aren't familiar with this series, Chester the cat is the star of the book. Melanie Watt is the author. In each book, Chester the character struggles with the author Melanie, wresting the red editing marker from her and writing the story to fit his own desires.

When I found out that the third book, Chester's Masterpiece, was being released, I hoped it would live up to the other two. I have to say that I think it exceeds them.

I do enjoy the premise, but don't find it nearly as hilarious as my kids, 6 and 11, do (and they do find them hilarious). But in Chester's Masterpiece, Chester is determined to write his own story. As he does this, author Melanie Watt guides him in creating character and conflict. What a creative and interesting way to introduce kids to the structure of a story! I can see teachers using this in the classroom with young elementary school students to help them identify these elements, or even as a help to older elementary students who begin writing their own stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin J. Mcilvenna on May 7, 2010
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We LOVE Chester!! Even my 15 year old son will come and listen when I read to his younger sister. This series of books are also very popular with the teachers at school.
My 6 year old daughter can also read them. YEAH!!! Chester!!!!

My favorite line is from the first book -- "Chester's busy."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My class loved the story. It is very fun to read with different voices and expressions. Chester is a cat who takes his owner's art supplies so she can't write her new book. He is going to write the book instead. Melanie keeps leaving Chester PostIt notes in the book expressing what she wants Chester to do, and he leaves his messages written in red marker as well as his stories and art work in red marker. Students thought Chester was like a naughty kid. The stories Chester writes are very much like kids write. The ending where the art supplies are hidden is a laugh out loud surprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tommyStew on May 17, 2011
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Chester the cat is back in Chesters Masterpiece. We tried to buy this book at the book fair at my daughters elementary school but they were sold out. I tried at Barnes and Noble but they said that they were sold out and could order it. I figured I might as well buy it on amazon and enjoy the convenience of it being shipped to my house instead of driving 25 miles up the road to pick up the book at Barnes and Noble.

This is my daughters new favorite. She is in 1st grade. My 4 year old daugther loves it too. They both giggle everytime I get to the part where Chester is trying to be nice to the mouse and says "Hey you look great, have you been working out?".

Anyway....I highly recommend this book to any Chester lovers out there. We've had the book about a month and the book cover is already ripping because we read it every night. We'll end up tossing the cover in the garbage soon. No big deal...thats what they are for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AZAE on August 11, 2010
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I have two boys, ages 5 and 6, and they love this book! They laugh out loud and want me to read it over and over. I recommend all of the Chester books.
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By Robin Kasian on July 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My grand kids read her books over and over!
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My grandkids want Chester and Melanie to write another book; they have all three and love them dearly.These are wonderful funny books that my twin 8 year old grandsons and 11 year old granddaughter love. The only problem is there are only three of them. Come on Chester, surely you have another masterpiece in you. Signed your devoted fans.
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