Friday, April 23, 2010

Chester's Masterpiece by Melanie Watt (Not!)

Watt, Melanie Chester's Masterpiece 32 pgs. Kids Can Press, 2010. PICTURE BOOK. $18.95. This is the most clever and darling book I have read in a long time! Chester the cat is starring in his third book, but this time he is writing the book all by himself....with ABSOLUTELY NO help from Melanie Watt! He has hidden her art supplies and computer mouse and is off creating his own story in his own way, even if he has to use ideas from other books, even if he doesn't include other characters, and even if his pen runs out of ink! The pages will make you laugh out loud as you read (via post-it notes) the interactions between Melanie and Chester. Kids will absolutely adore this book and will want to read it again and again because there is so much to it! Chester's silliness even extends to the copyright page as well as the biography page. Teachers and parents will also love this book for its ingenuity and creativity. It could be a great start to a writing lesson for a teacher. This book is a must for schools and homes alike! EL-ESSENTIAL. Whitney, Library-Teacher. 

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