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Arthur's Family Vacation (Arthur Adventures Series)

Arthur's Family Vacation (Arthur Adventures Series)

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by Marc Brown

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Arthur is unhappy about going on vacation with his family, but he shows them how to make the best of a bad situation when they end up stuck in a motel because of rain.


Arthur is unhappy about going on vacation with his family, but he shows them how to make the best of a bad situation when they end up stuck in a motel because of rain.

Editorial Reviews

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
Stuart Miller
A family vacation sends Arthur into the doldrums as he contemplates a week without his pal Buster. The crowded accommodations at the Ocean View Motel (the ocean's "just across the highway behind that shopping center") do little to cheer him. But when rain further dims the prospects for fun, he turns the week around with a series of rainy-day field trips (the local Cow Festival, Gatorville, Flo's Fudge Factory), until the sun comes out and the family hits the beach at last. The colorful illustrations are as lively and as comical as ever, though the picture of Arthur's dad in his bathing suit is a little disconcerting: What "are" these characters anyway? Humans with animal heads? What kind of animal? And with ears on the "tops" of their heads, what keeps their sunglasses on? Arthur fans may not give these details a second thought, though, as they devour the latest in this popular series.

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Arthur Adventures Series
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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.

Brief Biography

Hingham, Massachusetts and Martha¿s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1946
Place of Birth:
Erie, Pennsylvania
M.F.A., Cleveland Institute of Art, 1969

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Arthur's Family Vacation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because they go as a family to the beach. I give it 5 stars out of 5 stars because they have good pictures and I like the author. I hope you enjoy this book!
taylormarkris More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago