Thursday, May 6, 2010
Being a cat, Chester is not exactly sure how to go about writing a book, so he has to somewhat listen to Watt's suggestions. The hilarious back and forth between cat and author continues throughout the book until a surprise ending forces Chester to reveal the location of the tools.
Chester's Masterpiece is an extremely clever way to show the different pieces of a story (character, setting, etc.). Chester's self-involvement (like a true cat!) helps drive the story and create opportunities for humorous exchanges between faux author and real author. Like Mordicai Gerstein's A Book, this book gives the reader great insight into the thinking that starts the writing of a book. Students will love the funny conversations and illustrations and teachers will love the thinking about writing that will emanate from reading this book aloud.