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Chester's Way (Mouse Books)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,052 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
Chester and Wilson had their own way of doing things, and they did everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they rode their bikes, they always used hand signals. If Chester was hungry, Wilson was too. They were two of a kind, and that's the way it was - until indomitable Lilly, who had her own way of doing things, moved into the n ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 22nd 1997 by Greenwillow Books (first published August 15th 1988)
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 04, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who want a story about embracing change, making new friends & appreciating friendship
Ha ha ha. Three blind mice. (see Halloween costumes inside the book)

I just love this author/illustrator. He’s so vividly remembers childhood.

His illustrations, which wouldn’t appeal to me that much outside of any context, work so well in this book. They’re adorable.

This is a wonderful story, one that children will completely understand, about friendship. It’s about a friendship, and how it evolves. It’s about making room for new friends. It’s about what binds and connects us.

It’s a lovely story
Love the pictures. Story was good, too. A good storytime read or a lap-sit--either would be enjoyable for the adults as well as the children. Some of the humor was subtle but I got a kick out of it. Lessons to be learned, but nothing that shoves it in your face.
Oct 12, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
Chester's Way is a delightful, quirky children's book. The story chronicles a mouse named Chester and his best friend who is almost identical to him in every way. Chester and his friend are in for quite a surprised when a new mouse with a big personality comes to town and wants to be friends. I enjoyed the cute mouse illustrations that complimented the text well. I appreciated the interesting and nuanced role of the female character in the story. The book left salient messages of inclusivity, fr ...more
Allison Hunt
Nov 30, 2014 Allison Hunt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-issues
"Chester and Wilson, Wilson and Chester. And that's the way it was." Chester and Wilson do EVERYTHING together. They dress the same on Halloween, they only ride bikes if they are together, they even make sure they have identical Christmas lists! But a new girl, Lily, has just moved to town, and Chester feels that his and Wilson's days as a duo are soon to be compromised. Author Kevin Henkes does an amazing job with the layout of this picture book. His miniaturized illustrations next to small sec ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Paul Farbman
Feb 23, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Second to third graders
Recommended to Paul by: Terry Benton
Kevin Henkes created a wonderful story about friendship in Chester's Way. The story begins by describing Chester, a young personified mouse who likes everything a certain way. His best friend Wilson has very similar interests, and they do everything together. When Lilly moves into their neighborhood, Chester and Wilson do not quite know what to make of her strange way of doing things. When she tries to befriend them, they find ways of ignoring her.

One day, some older mice begin to make fun of C
Mar 12, 2013 Julia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kevin-henkes
Chester and Wilson are best friends who do absolutely everything together. They like to do things their own way and think Lilly, the new girl in the neighborhood, is very strange. They always tried to avoid playing with her until one day, while Chester and Wilson were being picked on by mean boys, Lilly scared them away with a cat disguise. Chester and Wilson were so thankful that they invited Lilly to play with them. It turned out that they all had a lot in common, taught each other all kinds o ...more
Jun 15, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
Chester is the neighborhood Weird Kid. Clearly. He always does things in his own special and particular way. So does his friend, Wilson. They double knot their shoelaces. They use handsignals on their bikes. They never swing at the first pitch. They always carry extra bandaids.

Then Lilly moves in, with HER special way of doing things. And Chester and Wilson avoid her like the plague. Seriously. But she saves the day with water guns when some bigger boys decide to taunt Chester and Wilson (it's t
Nani Yanagi
Apr 28, 2014 Nani Yanagi rated it really liked it
This book is about a mouse named Chester. He was very used to his doing his own thing without anyone else until Wilson moved into town. They became the best of friends, doing everything together. Then another strange mouse came into town, her name was Lily. She was an odd mouse, running all over the place with weird costumes. Chester and Wilson did everything they could to stay away from her and avoid talking to her. One day, Chester and Wilson were being picked on by other mice until a cat popp ...more
Victoria Hawkins
Sep 18, 2014 Victoria Hawkins rated it really liked it
In the book, Chester's way by Kevin Henkes, expresses the meaning of true friendship. These two kids are two peas and pod,they do everything together. The two characters both enjoy the same things. For Halloween the children go as things that connect or are two. then a girl moves into the neighborhood. the two friends are afraid of the new girl until she ends up helping them out. Then they all realize that they are exactly the same so they are now best friends.
This book has vivid and colorful i
Sep 15, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Very cute story about friendship!

Chester and his best friend Wilson seem a little OCD at the beginning of the book, and have very strict ways of doing things. Then Lilly, a wild child, comes along and teaches them to lighten up a bit. While they don't want to be friends with her at first, they begin to accept her as one of their own.

Great story for teaching kids about friendship and accepting others.
Nov 26, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
Chester and Wilson are best friends, and do everything together, until the indomitable Lily shows up. Lily has a completely new way of thinking, and likes to do everything her. Soon they learn that they have a lot of differences But then they turned out having a lot in common This book can be used to teach children about individuality and friendship. Chester, Wilson, and Lily portray common friendship relationships among young children. Because of this many young readers will relate and enjoy th ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Henkes, Kevin. Chester's Way. New York: Greenwillow, 1988. Print

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Grades K-2

Chester's Way is a story of friendship between Chester and Wilson. Chester and Wilson both have their own ways of doing things. They have the same breakfast and play the same games. When Lilly moves in she has different ideas and they choose to avoid her. One day a bully was bothering Chester and Wilson and Lilly helps them out and secures her
Lori Reed
Oct 29, 2015 Lori Reed rated it it was amazing
Great story by Kevin Henkes about making friends. Read online with ASL for deaf/hard of hearing so they can enjoy it too at:
Sep 01, 2014 Corin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edsl-520
Genre: Picture Storybooks
Chester and Wilson, Wilson and Chester. That's the way it was.....until Lilly moved into the neighborhood. This incredible story tells of three loveable mice as they learn about what friendship is all about. Children will relate to the quirkiness of the characters and simply fall in love with them.
Themes: Friendship, acceptance
Ways to use the book: I have used this book as a read-aloud EVERY year to start the school year at EVERY grade I've ever taught. Is is a good remi
Haley Dustman
May 01, 2014 Haley Dustman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kevin-henkes
In Chester's Way Kevin Henkes teaches us to introduce yourself to new people. Chester and Wilson are friends and they learn that even though Lilly does dangerous things, they can still be friends with her because you never know what might happen. Chester and Wilson were "practicing hand signals" when some older boys rode by "popping wheelies" and being mean. When Chester and Wilson were sad, a "fierce looking cat" jumped out of the bushes and scared the older boys away and that's how Chester and ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Alice rated it liked it
3.75 Stars

I enjoyed having this read to me by Vannesa Marano and Katie Leclerc.

I like the story about getting along and finding differences. We aren't all a like and that is a good thing. Chester and Wilson are stuck in their own world of diagonally sliced sandwiches until Lilly comes along.

I am hit and miss with Henkes book, either I like them or I hate them. This is a like. I mean, any friends that will dress up as the Three Blind Mice so they all cou
Lauren Stoolfire
Aug 05, 2014 Lauren Stoolfire rated it it was amazing
I've always enjoyed Kevin Henkes, so when I found the video of Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc reading/signing this story via Book Riot I had to watch.

Chester and Wilson are inseparable best friends and have their own way of doing everything together. Then, Lilly moved into the neighborhood and she has her own way of doing things. Eventually, they become the best of friends and develop their own way of doing things together.

Both actress did excellent jobs bringing the characters to life. I esp
Jan 07, 2015 Teri rated it it was amazing
This is the book that introduces one of my now favorite fictional characters, the girl who dances by the beat of her own drum, Lilly. Love Lilly! My daughter has added Lilly's red boots(with the star on them, looking very Wonder Womanish)on her Christmas list;)She already has Lilly's purple plastic purse on her list;) The story is really good as well about including others in our circle, a good subject for little kids(actually, for everyone). Had a fun discussion with my daughter after we read i ...more
Kayleigh Z
Feb 07, 2016 Kayleigh Z rated it it was amazing
defenetly a great book!!! i loved it!!!
Leeza Paredes
Nov 25, 2015 Leeza Paredes rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes, read aloud by Vanessa Marano and signed by Katie Leclerc is about two best friends, Chester and Wilson, who do absolutely everything together. One day a new girl, Lilly, moves into the neighborhood and decides to start a new way of doing things. This book travels through the changes in Chester and Wilson’s ways and a collaboration with Lilly and her way of doing things.
This e-book is very unique because it incorporates the text, a read-aloud, moving artwork, and v
Ashleigh Christensen
Oct 16, 2015 Ashleigh Christensen rated it really liked it
Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes is an adorable picture book about a mouse named Chester, his best friend Wilson, and the new girl in the neighborhood Lilly. Chester and Wilson are practically the same in every way. They always ride their bikes together and even try to ask for all the same things for Christmas. But when Lilly, a little mouse with a big personality, moves in they think she is weird and don't want to be friends with her. But after she helps them out, they realize that they all have a ...more
Geneva Roberts
Mar 30, 2014 Geneva Roberts rated it it was amazing
I liked this book and its message to children. Chester the mouse is very set in his ways. He likes things done his way and has a best friend named Wilson who is just like him in the way he does things. A new mouse named Lilly moves into the neighborhood and is very different than Chester and Wilson. They don't much care for her at first because she is so different compared to them. Chester and Wilson encounter some bullies while in the park and Lilly , who likes to dress up in disguises, is dres ...more
Cheyenne Clutter
Oct 16, 2015 Cheyenne Clutter rated it really liked it
I really liked this E-book and the way it was interactive with the reader. The use of celebrities that children may know, could give the children more of a desire to read the book. The use of sign language throughout the book was a key element that I noticed because it makes this book accessible to hearing impaired children. This leaves no children out, because hearing impaired or not, they can read the book or follow along to the reading. There is no text on the pages which actually takes away ...more
Shannon Brasher
Chester and Wilson are two of a kind, peas in a pod, best friends until one day Lilly moves into the neighborhood and begins to turn their world upside down. Throughout the course of the book, Lilly helps to teach Chester and Wilson that change and making new friends is a good thing as well as to not judge a book by its cover. Kevin Henkes does an amazing job with the illustrations in this book. There are many miniaturized illustrations next to small sections of text, which allow readers the opp ...more
Taylor Milano
Jan 13, 2015 Taylor Milano rated it liked it
It was an interesting book and was a quick read and gave me a laugh at some parts of the book.
Becky B
Nov 22, 2015 Becky B rated it really liked it
Chester is a rather unique mouse who likes to do things just so. Fortunately for him, he has a best friend who is just as unique and has similar tastes. Chester and Wilson are inseparable friends. One day, Lily moves into the neighborhood. She's an even more unique character. Perhaps a little too unique to hang out with Chester and Wilson, but they soon discover that Lily isn't so bad to have along after all.

I know, this has been around forever. I just hadn't ever picked it up to read. A very cu
Taylor O'Connor
Nov 02, 2014 Taylor O'Connor rated it really liked it
I found Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes on a website called The experience presented by this website was so incredibly unique that Chester became a real mouse to me; him and his stubborn way.
Chester had a very particular way of doing things. He cut his sandwiches diagonally, and he even was so dedicated to his ways that he had the same thing for breakfast every morning. The fantastic thing that StoryOnline did with this book was brought it to life. The book was read by a Vanessa
Jun 18, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes is a story of two best friends who love doing the same things their own way. What will happen to their friendship when Lilly, with her own style, moves into the neighborhood?

Chester and Wilson did everything together: cut their sandwiches dialonally, used hand signals when riding their bikes, and carried extra bandaids. Lilly wears flamboyant disguises and carries a squirt gun just in case. The two friends avoid her like the plague, until the day she rescues them. T
Eva Leger
Jul 18, 2011 Eva Leger rated it really liked it
Shelves: julias-books
Julia and I are slowly but surely going through every Henkes' book we can find. So far there hasn't been one we haven't liked or loved. We both fell in love with Lilly so I was fairly sure we'd do the same with Chester and I was right.
Chester's Way is a great book for any young kid, especially one so set in their own routines that they may not see other ways of doing things. Children dealing with OCD or anything similar may be able to get something out of it as well. That's not to say a child no
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.
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