Chester's Back!

Mélanie Watt
Mélanie Watt

In this uproarious sequel to Chester, the battle of the picture-book makers continues. Which author-illustrator will come out on top --- Chester or Mélanie Watt --- is anybody's guess!

This time, there's no denying (in Chester's mind) that he's the star of the show. His already outsize ego has ballooned even more due to a spate of “fan mail” on the heels of his self-titled debut. As Chester sees it, who needs Melanie Watt when they have Chester? He's got no shortage of his own storytelling ideas. With heavy paw and red marker, this control-freak cat does not hesitate to commit them to paper. When Chester starts acting far too Hollywood, Melanie calls an open audition to replace the high-maintenance feline. This isn't a move that Chester will take lying down.

Get ready for a seesaw comedy of dueling author-illustrators. Who will come out on top is anybody's guess!

978-1-55453-461-6 | Mar 1, 2013
List Price: USD $8.99, CAD $9.99
4-color 9 3/8 x 11 32 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 3 / Ages: 4 to 8

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Awards & Reviews

“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.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, December 2008
“This is an original and fun tale for sharing one-on-one and in small groups”
— School Library Journal, September 2008
“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.”
— Kirkus Reviews, July 2008
“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.”
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, June 2008
2009 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Short-listed
2009 - Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Winner
2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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