Chester van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme

Little, Brown. Mar. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780759554825.
K-Gr 3–Chester van Chime has always been an expert rhymer and lover of words. One day, though, he wakes up and forgets how to rhyme! Chester has trouble getting himself ready for the day but becomes even more distressed at school. When he arrives, his classmates all try to help remedy his rhyming woes, but to no avail. During his walk back home, Chester learns to see the people and world around him in a new way. While doing so, will he remember how to rhyme? This colorful picture book has many elements that primary school children will enjoy. The watercolor pictures depict Chester in all of his disoriented glory throughout the day, e.g., he can barely get himself dressed! This is an ideal interactive read-aloud in an elementary setting as students will want to help complete the sentence with the correct rhyming word.
VERDICT With a positive message at the end—“We all have bad days”—the story of Chester is one readers will appreciate; he’s a relatable, funny character they will want to see again.

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