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Chester, un chat égoïste et imbu de lui-même s'est injustement approprié l'histoire de souris de Mélanie Watt. Il préfère parler de lui-même; il se croit si intelligent! Une histoire à son sujet? Mélanie s'en charge, que ça plaise ou non à Chester!

Mélanie Watt starts out with the story of a mouse in a house. Then Mélanie's cat, Chester, sends the mouse packing and proceeds to cover the pages with rewrites from his red marker, and the gloves are off.

Mélanie and her mouse won't take Chester's antics lying down. And Chester is obviously a creative powerhouse with confidence to spare. Where will this war of the picture-book makers lead? Is it a one-way ticket to Chesterville, or will Mélanie get her mouse production off the ground?

Original title: Chester

Publisher: Toronto : Editions Scholastic, c2007.
ISBN: 9780545998611
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill.,,28 cm.


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Dec 01, 2016

We loved reading this book to our daughter. It's fun for kids and parents alike!

vpl_childrens Aug 02, 2016

Chester is a cat with an attitude and a red pen. He uses that pen to rewrite the mouse story that his author Mélanie Watt is working on.

Jun 16, 2016

What a funny book!

Jul 03, 2015

It was so CUTE and HILARIOUS!!

emckenzie Aug 18, 2014

The concept of this book is adorable and written in a way that is generally playful and patient instead of mean. I clarified this book when I read it to my older preschool kids by saying " Melanie said..." but Chester didn't like that so he said "...". They still found the plot a bit hard to follow but still funny enough to request that it be read again another time. The illustrations are brilliant and the storyline is easier to follow on a second or third read through.

May 02, 2014

Original and hilarious — as much for the parents as for the kids. I have to admit though, that I winced when I saw the punchline [spoiler alert]: the author embarrasses Chester by putting him in a pink tutu. I don't like the archaic pink = girly theme, so I found it a bit of a bummer that the author couldn't have found a more clever, up-to-date way to put Chester in his place.

MariePat Jul 23, 2013

Chester tries to take over the book! Cute story!

JewelMcLatchy Oct 01, 2012

Instant classic. Love both the French and English versions.

ChristyH Feb 21, 2012

My kids could not stop laughing when they were reading this. Melanie Watt has another winner with Chester!

librarylin19 Mar 16, 2011

Even though Chester is trying to take control of the book, he's still sweet and lovable. Better for one-on-one viewing as opposed to reading aloud to a group. There is so much to see - you can actually read the book from cover to cover!

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Nov 19, 2018

mylittlecub thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

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Jun 16, 2016

This book had my toddlers laughing out loud and silly Chester and his red marker antics. A must read for all little cat lovers.


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