Thursday, August 19, 2010

Children’s Books: Chester’s Masterpiece by Mélanie Watt

Award-winning Montreal-based author and illustrator Mélanie Watt has a lot to answer for. Since 2001, Watt has created armloads of books for KidsCan Press, bringing home many awards in the process. Young readers have enjoyed her Scaredy Squirrel series of picture books and a whole series on Learning with Animals.

More recently, Watt has been delighting young readers with the adventures of Chester the cat, beginning with Chester in 2007, following up with Chester’s Back in 2008. For his third outing, we find the ultimately creative creature back at it in Chester’s Masterpiece.

Here Watts’ whimsical illustrations and free-wheeling sense of story finds Chester determined to tell his own tale: if only he can get that pesky Melanie out of the way! What we end up with is a beautifully rendered commentary on the creative process... but not without some false starts and a great deal of fun. Recommended for ages four to eight.

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