Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The irrepressible Arthur and his equally high-spirited kid sister star in aardvarkian antics that offer, said PW, ``substantial doses of Brown's trademark understated humor and art brimming with witty details.'' Ages 3-8; 4-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
School is out and Arthur and his family are headed off for a week's vacation. Imagine a family of five in a small motel room at the beach while it's raining. But Arthur steps up to the mark and begins planning outings for the family. They visit a fudge factory, go to the movies, and take a jungle cruise, none of which are affected by the rain. When the sun finally shines, it's time to pack up and head home, but all in all it was a pretty good vacation. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Poor Arthur! He wants to go to camp with his best friend, but instead he has to go on a family vacation at the beach. As if spending an entire week with his sister D. W. weren't enough, the Ocean View Motel doesn't have a view, the pool is smaller than a bathtub, and their room is a cinderblock cubicle. Even worse, it rains nonstop for days. Arthur remembers that there's always something to do at camp and takes the family on field trips. A Cow Festival, Gatorville, Flo's Fudge Factory, and Jimmy's Jungle Cruise are just a few of sights they take in, and when the sun comes out on Friday, they have a glorious day at the beach. Brown's 17th Arthur adventure is right on target. The gentle irony is reinforced by his distinctive watercolors that capitalize on the humor of the family's situation and their outings. This is a funny story about making the most of a situation for children and a cautionary tale for parents foolhardy enough to go to the beach without contingency plans. A must-buy. --Jeanne Marie Clancy, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PA