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Les fantaisies de César (Mouse Books)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  4,493 Ratings  ·  267 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

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Published 1989 by L'Ecole des loisirs (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.
Mar 25, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 15, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Farbman
Feb 23, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Allison Hunt
Nov 29, 2014 Allison Hunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
"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
Nani Yanagi
Apr 28, 2014 Nani Yanagi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 26, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read:
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
Haley Dustman
May 01, 2014 Haley Dustman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lauren Stoolfire
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
Feb 21, 2014 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2014 Corin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2015 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lori Reed
Oct 29, 2015 Lori Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story by Kevin Henkes about making friends. Read online with ASL for deaf/hard of hearing so they can enjoy it too at:
Taylor Milano
It was an interesting book and was a quick read and gave me a laugh at some parts of the book.
Alexis Munk
Dec 01, 2016 Alexis Munk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the illustrations in this book. I also really like how it depicted a real life problem. It is very common in elementary school to have a best friend then another person comes along and you all have a new best friend. Chester and Wilson weren't very accepting at first. I thought the end was very cute too when it said, "Then Victor moved to the neighborhood".
Feb 24, 2017 Cathi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book about best friends, Wilson and Chester, is so much fun. Our family has quoted it often, in fact. It's nice to see that tight-knit friends who are set in their ways can always broaden their horizons and include new friends in their circle, even delightfully-zany ones like Lily. This book is a joy!
Mar 04, 2017 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: type-paper, 2017
Chester and Wilson are peas in a pod - they like the same things in the same ways, and both are wary of the new girl in the neighborhood... but can they learn to embrace Lilly as a friend despite her differences?
Daniel Cipriano
Sep 29, 2016 Daniel Cipriano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 00-in-class
Any child can relate to this book. Friendships are very important growing up. Meeting new people and involving them in the friend group is a great way to make new friends.
Dennis Liverani
Sep 28, 2016 Dennis Liverani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool children's story about 3 mice. I like the pictures in conjunction with each step of the story. Any child can relate to this story about friendship.
Lesley Colin
Nov 18, 2016 Lesley Colin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
eBook version

In "Chester's Way" by Kevin Henkes, there was a mouse named Chester who always had his own way of doing things. For instance, he would always get out of his bed from one side, cut his sandwiches diagonally, and would always double-knot his shoes. Chester had a best friend, Wilson, who did everything that Chester did such as riding their bikes if Chester wanted to, or only eating whenever Chester was hungry. It was always Chester and Wilson until their new neighbor, Lilly, came alon
Ashleigh Christensen
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
Hunter Branch
This book tells the story of Wilson, Chester, and Lilly. Wilson and Chester are best friends, who do absolutely everything together. They play together, dress up in the same Halloween costumes, and their parents say they are two peas in a pod; they had their own way of doing things. Then there is Lilly, who Chester and Wilson aren’t very fond of because of her over the top personality and she had her own way of doing things, so they tended to avoid her; until one day when she saves them from bei ...more
Leeza Paredes
Nov 25, 2015 Leeza Paredes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Ward
Feb 09, 2012 Mary Ward marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eced221
Chester Speaks, by Kevin Henkes is a story about Chester, a very routine oriented mouse. He had a friend, Wilson, who was exactly the same way. They did everything together, and did everything the same. For Halloween, they were salt and pepper, or ham and eggs, etc. That's the way it was and the way it always had been, until Lilly moved into the neighborhood. Gaining Chester and Wilson approval was a challenge for Lilly. Lilly displayed heroics one day when Chester and Wilson were in trouble, an ...more
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