Arthur's Birthday (Arthur Adventures Series)

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Help Arthur celebrate his birthday! You can play with the reusable stickers of Arthur and his friends and family in four colorful scenes. Design and color Arthur's party invitation, birthday card, and cake. Inside you'll also find a maze, a crossword puzzle, and other fun activities.

Author Biography: Marc Brown is the author and illustrator of the Arthur Adventure series and D.W. titles and codeveloper of the two-time Emmy Award-winning PBS children's television series, Arthur....

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Help Arthur celebrate his birthday! You can play with the reusable stickers of Arthur and his friends and family in four colorful scenes. Design and color Arthur's party invitation, birthday card, and cake. Inside you'll also find a maze, a crossword puzzle, and other fun activities.

Author Biography: Marc Brown is the author and illustrator of the Arthur Adventure series and D.W. titles and codeveloper of the two-time Emmy Award-winning PBS children's television series, Arthur. He lives with his family in Hingham, Massachusetts, and on Martha's Vineyard.

Their friends must decide which party to attend when Francine schedules her birthday party for the same day as Arthur's birthday party.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Brown's 13th book about Arthur, the bespectacled hero finds out he has scheduled his birthday party at the same time as Muffy's party. Arthur has relatives coming from Ohio; Muffy has already booked a rock band and Pickles the Clown. Neither of them can change the date. Their friends reluctantly take sides, the girls choosing Muffy's party and the boys choosing Arthur's, even though they wish they could go to both. Finally, Arthur and his friend Francine surprise everyone with a fine compromise. ``After all,'' says Arthur, ``what's a birthday party without all your friends!'' Because of the spare text, the resolution of the plot may not be entirely clear to all readers, but the festive watercolor-and-ink drawings are full of the homey details, lovably familiar characters and verve that has come to be associated with this series. Ages 4-8. (May)
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Read a birthday story, enjoy drawing a picture of Arthur, and solve crosswords, mazes, and word-finds in this friendly birthday activity book. Best of all, use the many glossy stickers to create four different scenes! This good busy-hands activity book is sure to perk up even the rainiest birthday! 2001, Little, Brown and Company, $7.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- The adventures of Arthur the aardvark continue as he anticipates his birthday party. Excitement builds as he hands out invitations to his friends at school--and then he discovers that Muffy is having a party on Saturday afternoon, too. The dates can't be changed; Arthur's relatives are coming, and Muffy's booked a clown and a rock band. By the next day, the boys have decided to go to Arthur's party, the girls to Muffy's. With his usual wisdom, Arthur saves the day. He and Francine forge Muffy's handwriting on new invitations, changing the location of her party to Arthur's house his parents are included in the plan. The unsuspecting Muffy is lured there by the promise of a present too big to fit in her mailbox. Of course, the gift is a surprise party, heartily enjoyed by both boys and girls. Brown's familiar watercolors have lots of interesting details--kites caught in trees, a male relative wearing a ``Liberated Partner'' apron. Arthur's warm, loving family and his diplomatic approach to problem solving strike just the right note--positive and believable. The ``Arthur'' stories are primary-grade favorites; children will enjoy this latest offering. Other recent birthday stories are Frank Modell's Ice Cream Soup Greenwillow, 1988, in which another joint party turns into a surprise, and the Sick-in-Bed Birthday Book Viking, 1988 by Linda Tyler, about a delayed celebration that turns out fine. --Lucy Young Clem, Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316110747
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1991
  • Series: Arthur Adventures Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 143,205
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Brown
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 illustrated many other books for children, including Ten Tiny Toes and If All the Animals Came Inside. Marc lives with his family in Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.

Biography

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    Must Read!

    The story Arthur's Birthday is about Muffy's and Arther's birthday. All of Arther's friends are invited but, Muffy has a party on the same day! All of a sudden Francine and Arther come up with plans so the 'girls' and the 'boys' can come to both parties! Read the book to find out what the plans are.

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    Our third grade class loves Marc Brown's Arthur series. We greatly enjoyed reading Arthur's Birthday as we celebrated our classmates who have a summer birthday. We would recommend this book as it taught us about friendships and working together as a team.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    I love Arthur books.

    The book is mostly about that Arthur and his friend Muffy have thier birthday on the same day.Find out about the story and then read the other stories about Arhtur.

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