Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Chester by Ayano Imai

Chester the dog feels very neglected by his family and so decides to venture out into the world to find a new home. After searching far-away places with little success, his family comes to claim him and he comes to the conclusion that there is no place like home when one is appreciated!

In the book Chester, the message of the story is a good one. The story could use polishing, but the pictures are the real charm of this book. Beautiful, spare illustrations reminiscent of Lisbeth Zwerger and Nicoletta Ceccoli span the pages in soft yet modern color combinations. There is nothing trite or dull about them, shown in the very way that Chester decides to house hunt--with his own little doghouse constantly in tow.

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