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Chester's Back! (Chester)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  645 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
In this uproarious sequel to Chester, the battle of the picture-book makers continues. Which author-illustrator will come out on top -- Chester or Melanie 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 d ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Kids Can Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Feb 19, 2012 Philip rated it it was amazing
Gwennie and I went to the library yesterday and I picked up Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach. I always ask the kids if there's any other book they want me to check out. Gwennie picked out this one. I didn't realize until I read it that it was another Melanie Watt book. I'm becoming a pretty big fan.

Well, Gwennie was really sick last night, and slept in this morning, so I read the book to Eleanor when she woke up. (Sorry Gwen. That's what happens when you're sick. You miss out on stuff.)

From here on
Jan 18, 2016 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
October 6, 2008

Can't wait to see what Chester's up to. I love kid's books that play with the conventions.

The PandaBat loves Melanie Watt and Chester. But as soon as this was done, she needed something with a little story to it.

February 9. 2013
Veronica decided to reread the Chester books, and since they were around, Tash and I did to. Silly, wonderful books.Library copy.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Feb 07, 2011 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I love Mélanie Watt's Chester books. If I ever met Mélanie I would probably go all fangirl. She has created such a fun series with her cat Chester and their lively banter is always hoot.
The Library Lady
Oct 17, 2008 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
My toddler set won't get Chester, but I'm hoping the older children read this series and laugh as much as I do.
Oct 10, 2008 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I was a big fan of the first Chester book. This sequel keeps the merriment and fun of the first book, and again showcases Chester defying his owner and trying to create HIS book. In this book, Chester refuses to allow Melanie to write a book putting him in a jester costume in the Middle Ages. He uses a variety of tactics to ruin her efforts, including wearing the wrong costumes and scribbling all over the pages with his red marker. But Melanie may just find a clever replacement for Chester and n ...more
Jul 24, 2009 Shel added it
Shelves: picturebooks
Watt, M. (2008). Chester’s Back! Toronto: Kids Can Press.


As the title so aptly states, Chester’s Back! This is a sequel to Watt’s successful Chester, published in 2007. In both these books the cat named Chester takes over as author, encouraging youngsters to consider taking on the role of co-creator of books. This series demonstrates that sometimes stories really do take on lives of their own.

This time around, the implied (and real) author, Melanie, gets tired of Chester’s many alte
Mar 25, 2009 Janell rated it liked it
– Fans of Chester will like this sequel. Chester the cat again takes over the telling of the story interrupting the author by re-writing and drawing with his red marker. The use of color and font to indicate the speakers adds clarity to this story-within-the-story where Chester is determined to be the star with surprising and hilarious results. The little gray mouse is back as is the humor and silliness of the first book. Elementary children will enjoy the original story which could also be used ...more
Maribeth Carreon
I wanted able to borrow the first book of Melanie Watt's, however, I figured the sequel Chester's Back was the next best thing. It is an illustration take over throughout the book. Chester is a big headed and obnoxious cat who desires to write his own story. Melanie writes out the story like normally then is constantly disrupted by Chester. Having had enough, Melanie considers replacing Chester for a more effective actor. Even after trying to push him off the pages he kept coming through. Cheste ...more
Aubrey Foulds
Sep 24, 2015 Aubrey Foulds rated it it was amazing
What a fun way to tell a story! The alternation between the author attempting to write the story her way and Chester interrupting with his version is one of the most entertaining children's books I've read in a long time.

While the story Watt was originally trying to tell may not be the most developed, the tale they weave together is a fun depiction of how the storytelling process could change. On the simplistic level, Chester's constant interruption and demands are amusing and comical. In a dee
Madison Woodmansee
Sep 22, 2015 Madison Woodmansee rated it it was amazing
Chester's Back by Melanie Watt is an intriguing post modern children's picture book. It is about a cat who competes with the author Melanie Watt to be the star of the book. It comes from a humorous view to catch the children's interest. Chester is very overconfident and he definitely displays that in the book. He overwrites the writer and tries to compete with her to see who could develop the best part of the book. It gives the readers to perspective; one from Chester and one from Melanie Watt t ...more
Hallema Mitchell
Sep 23, 2015 Hallema Mitchell rated it really liked it
Chester's back is a book about a bossy cat and his mouse friend. They are trying to put on play but every time the mouse says something, Chester interrupts and changes it. The story goes on as they argue about what the play should and shouldn't include. In my opinion, kids would probably be really confused by what's going on. It is hard to follow the story line but it is kind of funny at the same time. Kids may find Chester to be witty and sassy and may even enjoy the story because of it.
This bo
This book was interesting to read, bit it has too many parts for a read aloud. As an adult, I enjoyed this book, but I fear that a young student might get confused by how it starts over every time they decide to edit a part.

2010 Golden Archer Award -- Primary (Winner)
2008 Cybils -- Fiction Picture Book (Finalist)
2008 IndieFab Award -- Picture Book (Second Place)
Publishers Weekly -- Starred Review (*)
Piper Sandstrom
Sep 23, 2015 Piper Sandstrom rated it really liked it
Chester's Back! was a very cute post modern picture book. This story was about a cat named Chester who's story was being written into a book. When the author started writing about Chester, however, he did not like the story. Chester began writing over the author's work with his own red pen and making the story his own.

This story has a lot of classic post modern picture book qualities. For example, Chester the cat is well aware that he is in a story. He often hides behind the pictures and jumps
Aug 17, 2009 CLM rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, nephews
We liked this but the element of surprise was gone, so it did not appear to be quite as much of a hit as Chester.
Amy Whiffin
Jan 07, 2015 Amy Whiffin rated it really liked it
This is a sequel, and is a very funny book. This book is aimed at Early Years and Key Stage One. The illustrations and the layout of some of the text are very appealing and engaging.

I really liked reading this story to the whole class and seeing their reactions to parts of the book-in particular the part when Chester was acting like a diva and bossing everybody around! It taught the children a valuable lesson and the children realised that this behaviour was unacceptable. The illustrations were
Jul 01, 2014 Laurie rated it it was amazing
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Dena (Batch of Books)
It is a cute idea to have a cat that wants fame and fortune and is impossible to work with. The story was narrated by both the author and by Chester, which makes it difficult to read out loud. I've seen quite a few books like this lately, and I have had a difficult time with all of them. They are really hard to read to a young child and have them understand what is going on.

My daughter hopped off my lap and walked away from the story about 3/4 of the way through. I think that it just wasn't a to
An Abundance of Books
Jan 25, 2011 An Abundance of Books rated it it was amazing
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Melanie has given in and made Chester the main character in her second book. This has all gone to Chester's head and he once again tries to take over the story.

From costume changes, hiding, and demands, Chester hijacks Melanie's story. Well, she's not taking it lying down! She counters Chester's "Cave Cat" with a T-Rex, and his Chesterdini with open auditions to find his replacement. (The auditions pages are great as they are filled wi
Sarah Sammis
Sep 09, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
Chester's Back by Mélanie Watt is the sequel to Chester. In all of these books, Chester the cat tries to edit or out-right rewrite Watt's books. He makes his "edits" in red marker pen and nothing is sacred.

In Chester's Back Chester doesn't want to star in a fairy tale that starts the same old way: "Once upon a time..." and decides that a cave cat story would be better. When that doesn't work he tries other costumes and settings.

The Chester books are a lot like the old Warner Bros.' classic, Duck
In "Chester's Back" by Melanie Watt Chester is up to his tricks again with his red sharpie, changing her story to fit his wants. Melanie always gives him what he asks for but with a twist. Amusing story that had my little ones laughing at the antics!

This was my sons school library checkout for the week, well one of them.
Dec 11, 2014 Heidi rated it liked it
I love seeing the different ways of breaking "the 4th wall" in books, and the Chester books do that well. But Chester us such a brat. I know he's supposed to be, but it isn't always enjoyable to read him. Oh well. I like that Melanie and Mouse tend to get him back.
Traci Bold
Feb 19, 2016 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
Chester is up to his old tricks again but will he get away with this time? Hmmm, does he get away with anything?

A fun match between Chester the Cat and his creator, illustrator/author, Melanie Watt.

Published by Kids Can Press

Jul 13, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it
For all the kids who loved Chester, he has returned in this second book of the battle of the authors. Author Melanie starts to write a story, and Chester the cat interrupts with his red marker to change things. Of course, Chester, being a normally self-centered cat, wants everything his way, and Melanie deals with him -- sometimes in a surprising way. Just as in the first book, Melanie's writing is a different color than Chester's, so the reader can identify whose comments are whose. Again as in ...more
Angie Quantrell
May 29, 2016 Angie Quantrell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I found a new character to love! Naughty, creative, and hysterical Chester! Love the book style and method of telling the tale. LOL
Feb 19, 2014 Jacqui rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Chester is up to his old antics in this sequel to Chester. My favorite part was when Melanie and the mouse audition for Chester stand-in.
Nov 26, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Very cute continuation. Jackson found it particularly hysterical. Anything that makes a 7-year-old laugh and
Nov 12, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Oh Chester, I think I love you more than the children do! Super cute book. I'd totally recommend it to all parents.
Dana Pressnell
Feb 08, 2014 Dana Pressnell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Cat and mouse both trying to write this story. Illustrations again are precious. This is the sequel to Chester.
Sep 12, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, pets, art, 2010
Now that we've discovered the Chester series of stories, our girls cannot get enough of them! After the third story, I feel like the gimmick has been done quite thoroughly and they are starting to feel pretty redundant. But our girls laugh and giggle the whole time we are reading the story and these books get a rare, "Read it again...right now!" comment from them as soon as we finish. I love to hear them laugh so raucously that their insides begin to hurt, so I often oblige, or encourage our old ...more
Chacha Centeno
Dec 29, 2015 Chacha Centeno rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
This story makes you laugh-out-loud, definitely worth re-reading...again...and again.
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It was in a design class taught by Michèle Lemieux at the University of Quebec in Montreal that author and illustrator Mélanie Watt created her first picture book, Leon the Chameleon, which was later published by Kids Can Press. Watt went on to create several more books, including the Learning with Animals collection and Augustine, which was named an ALA Notable Children's Book. Watt has also illu ...more
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