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Arthur Turns Green (Arthur Adventures Series) [NOOK Book]


Celebrated author/illustrator Marc Brown revisits his beloved bestselling character in the first new Arthur picture book in almost ten years!

Arthur comes home from school and begins sneaking around the house, taking notes and talking about a Big Green Machine. D.W. is suspicious of her brother's weird behavior, but when Arthur shows up late for dinner with green hands, she really gets the creeps! But it turns house Arthur is making a poster ...

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Celebrated author/illustrator Marc Brown revisits his beloved bestselling character in the first new Arthur picture book in almost ten years!

Arthur comes home from school and begins sneaking around the house, taking notes and talking about a Big Green Machine. D.W. is suspicious of her brother's weird behavior, but when Arthur shows up late for dinner with green hands, she really gets the creeps! But it turns house Arthur is making a poster listing all the ways to save energy at home—and go green!

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Editorial Reviews

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From 1976 to 2002, Marc Brown gifted his fans with an average of more than one Arthur new book a year, but then his cute anthropomorphic aardvark hero seemed to slip into bibliographic hibernation. For nine years, readers have waited (and new readers appeared) until TV star Arthur finally reemerges in Arthur Turns Green, bathed in a bright new color: green. Energized by a newfound environmental consciousness, our plucky bespectacled mammal searches for ways that he can help make our planet a better place to live. As Arthur hunts for energy saving projects, some of his friends become concerned that he might be turning green—literally. (P.S. Aardvarks are great sleepers, but they don't hibernate. That was a metaphor.)

Publishers Weekly
When his class embarks on a "Big Green Machine" project "to find ways to make our planet a better place to live," Arthur focuses on turning his household green by recycling, unplugging his mom's cellphone charger, and replacing conventional light bulbs with energy-saving bulbs. His younger sister, D.W., however, is worried about the "big machine," especially when Arthur comes home with green hands (from making a poster), and she dreams about a monster turning everyone green. Her misunderstanding (which is righted in the end) adds a welcome dollop of humor to the story as perennially favorite characters bring home the message about conservation. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Arthur the aardvark likes being green, and he's excited to show his family how they can follow suit. But when the day comes to reveal the Big Green Machine project he's been working on at school, his younger sister D.W. refuses to go near it. She has seen how it turned Arthur's and her dad's hands green, and she doesn't want to be next. This addition to the Arthur canon gives children plenty of options for making the planet a better place to live. His friend Buster's garbage-reduction solution is meant to be humorous, but the examples given for recycling and conserving energy are all activities children can carry out daily. Simple phrases ("he took the shortest shower ever") ensure that the tips will be remembered, and when illustrated, become tangible concepts. This is an issue-oriented story, but the pace is relaxed and thoughtful. Arthur leads by example and shows how making green choices can be uncomplicated, rewarding, and fun.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

Working on a school project his teacher calls "the Big Green Machine," Arthur finds many ways to save energy at home but frightens his little sister D.W., who thinks he and their father and Arthur's friend Buster might really be turning green. In a welcome new Arthur adventure (according to his publisher, the first in nearly 10 years), friends and family join Brown's beloved aardvark in becoming environmentally conscious. They are looking for "ways to make our planet a better place to live." Preschooler D.W.'s misunderstanding will amuse young readers who know better. Her nightmare of the Big Green Machine monster is pleasantly scary, and Arthur's green hands contribute to the joke. Arthur's friends discuss reselling old clothes, recycling soda cans and not wasting their food. Arthur himself finds appliances to unplug, lamp bulbs to change, lights to turn off and ways to save water. He sets the table with cloth napkins. His project poster includes 10 useful, unsurprising suggestions. The message is clear but not overwhelming in this gently humorous story. Brown's familiar, brightly colored cartoon illustrations (printed in soy inks on recycled paper) feature schoolmates and family members sufficiently well identified that a new generation of Arthur readers could start with this timely title. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000971048
  • Publisher: Marc Brown
  • Publication date: 5/9/2012
  • Series: Arthur Adventures Series
  • Sold by: Marc Brown
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Sales rank: 438,739
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 33 MB
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Meet the Author

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children. Marc Brown lives with his family in Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.


Marc Brown recalls a phone call he received late one night at his home in Hingham, Massachustts, just outside of Boston. On the other end of the line, a small, obviously young voice asked, "Is Arthur there?"

"I told him that Arthur had already gone to bed," Brown recalled for the Los Angeles Times in 1996. "And so should he."

That such phone call is not an isolated occurrence at the Brown household is testament to the popularity -- and approachability -- of Brown's creation. Arthur is not simply the world's most famous bespectacled aardvark, he is also a kid just like any other, grappling with same issues his readers are: annoying sisters, terrifying teachers, and babysitting nightmares. Arthur may be a drawing, but to his fans, he seems quite real.

"I feel like I'm listening to my own kids," Carol Greenwald, who produces the companion television program for PBS, told People in 1997. "I have to bite back the urge to say, 'Stop bickering.'"

By now, the Arthur series has produced more than 10 million books as well as a hit television show for PBS and made his creator a wealthy man. But the early days were a different story. Separated from his wife, living with his mother-in-law and recently released from his job as a college professor, Brown came home in the mid-1970s to a request from his 4-year-old son, Tolon:

Tell me a story.

And make it about a weird animal.

So, as Brown reached into the possibilities of uncommon zoology for his son's nocturnal enjoyment, he also concocted the beginnings of a career. He took his new creation to a friend at Atlantic Monthly Press who gave him guidance, and he landed a publishing deal for the first book in what would become a series: Arthur's Nose. And the big money started rolling in. His first check was somewhere around $70 to $80. (The number seems to vary with the telling.)

"I was imagining buying a new car, and instead I got groceries," he told the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. "It was about five years before I felt like I could make a living doing this."

Brown had long dreamed of illustrating children's books, inspired in high school by Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are. As a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, he says he found that such pursuits were considered too pedestrian for the serious artistic mind: He has said his decision to include his illustrations in his submission for the institute's drawing award cost him the prize.

After Cleveland, he worked as a cook and a delivery truck driver who kept getting lost. He also farmed chickens. He found freelance work as a professional illustrator in the textbook field and even worked on an Isaac Asimov book for his first non-textbook assignment.

Arthur, though, eventually opened all the right doors. And, aside from that series, Brown has also illustrated books for other children's authors and drawn on his own life for books outside the Arthur titles. The end of his first marriage eventually yielded a children's book, Dinosaur's Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families.

"When I went through a divorce..., I went to the library hoping to find books to help my two young sons through the experience," he is quoted in Contemporary Authors as saying. "I found little information, and what there was very sexist, depicting children living with the mother and the father living in a depressing residential hotel. Our experience was different: my sons lived with me. I started keeping a file for a book I had in mind to write one day."

Brown makes no secret of his habit of mining his own life for his children's fiction. The Arthur books, in fact, are something of a family album: Arthur's sister D. W. is a composite of his own sisters, Arthur's adventures in babysitting were inspired by his own experience watching over two children who tied him to a chair and scampered off to find hiding places in their enormous house. Grandma Thora doesn't even have a different name from his own grandmother, who used to save all of his childhood drawings and later encouraged him to go to art school.

And when Brown and his second wife had another child, Eliza, he decided he shouldn't be the only one saddled with the less enjoyable aspects of child care. He gave Arthur a baby sister, Kate.

"I though if I had to change diapers," he told the Christian Science Monitor in 1997, "so should Arthur."

Good To Know

Brown changed his first name from Mark to Marc because he was so enthralled with the work of painter Marc Chagall.

He told People magazine in 1997 that Arthur is the spitting image of his third-grade class picture.

Brown dresses up as Arthur on Halloween, which makes his house a must-stop for the children of Hingham, Massachusetts.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Marc Tolan Brown
    2. Hometown:
      Hingham, Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      Erie, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      M.F.A., Cleveland Institute of Art, 1969

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