By: Melanie Watt and Chester the Cat
Genre: Postmodern – Picture-book
Published: Kids Can Press – Toronto, CA, September 1st, 2007
Awards: Grand Canyon Reader Award for Picture Book (2010), Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award for Grades K-3 (2011), Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (2009), OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award (2009)
Themes: This book belongs to a series – The Chester Series. In these postmodern books you experience the battle between the author and the cat. As the story place out, a theme from this particular story is perspective taking, and relating to different view points.
Summary: This story begins as the author, Melanie, sits down to write a new story. However, before she can even get the first page complete – her cat, Chester, begins making the story his own! A battling duel commences between the two of them as Chester seeks the limelight, and to be the center of attention in Melanie’s book. However, as she begins to write about him, Chester is outraged by what she begins to write, and proceeds to interject at every point possible!
Response: How did the book make you feel? How does it relate to your own experiences? Did you make any connections to other books you have read?
Although an odd way to respond to this book, I feel as if this book (in a way) describes life as we know it. In many situations in life we have gone through conversations, projects, and friendships with out being able to get “a word in edgewise.” As I was reading the book, I could not help but laugh and experience happiness as the author is being interrupted by none other, Chester the cat. As well, I was able to relate to my own experiences of feeling a lot like Melanie – going through conversations and relationships without being able to EVER say what I need to. Likewise, I have also been in Chester’s shoes, red marker in hand, ready to pounce on any and all parts of projects and conversations. Ultimately, I can relate to both Chester and Melanie, as many of us, I think, can as well.