Cover image for Have you seen Chester?
Title:
Have you seen Chester?
Author:
Murray, Andrew, 1970-
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
When Chester the cat runs away after getting tired of always fighting with Buddy the dog, Buddy goes to look for Chester.
General Note:
Previously published under title: Have you seen Elvis? London : Macmillan Children's Books, 2003.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 77421.
ISBN:
9780060571870
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Chester the cat and Buddy the dog are always fighting.

But one day Chester decides he's had enough and sets off on his own. Buddy can't believe it -- he actually misses Chester. With the help of some alley cats, Buddy decides to find his old friend and bring him back home.


Author Notes

Andrew Murray is Communications Officer for the train driver's union ASLEF.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Chester and Buddy, a rancorous white cat and medium-size brown dog, taunt and swat each other all day long. Their owner, a blond girl named Lucy, can't make them get along, and "even though Chester was brave, Buddy was bigger," one night Chester "crept out through the cat-flap... and didn't come back." Chester's hind end, with its orange-tipped tail and an angrily extended rear paw, disappears proudly out the door. While a worried Lucy searches the vicinity and posts flyers, a deft cartoon sequence recalls Buddy's memories of Chester: the cat closes his eyes and licks his paw, pounces violently on a piece of string and lounges blissfully on the TV. Buddy realizes he misses Chester, and he sneaks out the cat-flap himself to find his antagonist. British author Murray, a children's bookseller, and debut picture-book artist Slater make an effective team. Slater draws Chester and Buddy as barrel-chested rivals, with sausage-thick bodies and stubby legs. Chester's sharp ears and narrowed eyes give him an insulted feline demeanor, while Buddy's pert ears, quizzical eyebrows and round eyes lend him a hopeful, apologetic doggy look. Sound effects (Chester's "rrraaaouwww"), thought bubbles and bold, oversize print let readers emphasize key words in Murray's narrative. Predictably, and to Lucy's delight, Chester and Buddy become friends, and this tale finds a place among other recent runaway tales like Amanda Harvey's Dog Gone: Starring Otis. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This story illustrates the adage, "absence makes the heart grow fonder." Lucy's pets, Chester the cat and Buddy the dog, fight like, well, cats and dogs. When Chester gets fed up with Buddy's bullying and leaves, Lucy is beside herself with worry. Discovering that he, too, misses the feline, Buddy sets out at night to find him. After meeting up with some threatening alley cats that become his allies, he is reunited with Chester, and the friends settle in cozily at home. Murray writes with a light tone and wry sensibility that perfectly matches the funky, bold illustrations that sprawl across the pages. The bright contrasting colors, big graphics, and an innovative design draw readers into the blocky, jazzy pictures. With simple lines, Slater creates unique personalities for her characters. Words and phrases that demand emphasis are rendered in larger bold type. This tale of two friends at odds and eventual evens is perfect for one-on-one sharing or use with groups.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.