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Children read about Arthur's antics antics in his own backyard with Buster and the Brain. Full color.

Rumors about sightings of an alien space ship create excitement when Arthur's friends come to spend the night.

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Overview

Children read about Arthur's antics antics in his own backyard with Buster and the Brain. Full color.

Rumors about sightings of an alien space ship create excitement when Arthur's friends come to spend the night.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brown offers yet another Arthur adventure-his 20th-that entertainingly taps into a familiar childhood experience. Here Arthur is planning his first sleepover party in his tent. Nothing-neither local reports of a spaceship sighting nor best friend Buster's mother's initial reluctance to let her son attend-can dampen the young aardvark's enthusiasm. He even has his camera at the ready lest the aliens drop in, so he can snap pictures and sell them to the National Requirer. But after trading baseball cards, eating pizza and fighting with pillows, Arthur, Buster and the Brain see an eerie light. Is the spaceship about to land? As usual, Brown's art contributes significantly to the fun: the boys make amusing welcome signs for their potential visitors ("We are your friends"; "Please do my homework"); and the vision of the petrified pals running blindly through the yard, tangled in their collapsed tent, will bring on plenty of snickers. Kids definitely like to read about themselves, and Brown knows well how to make Arthur everykid. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Arthur is back in his twentieth adventure. He is having his first sleepover, which is exciting enough, but the rumor of alien spaceships sighted in the area is even more exciting. Arthur's sister D.W. sends the boys running by scaring them with a fake spaceship landing, but Arthur has the last laugh! A fun story for old fans of Arthur as well as new acquaintances.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-As Arthur prepares for his first sleepover, his sister D.W. and all his friends are talking about the UFOs that have been sighted in the area. However, Arthur, Buster, and the Brain don't let the rumors interfere with their plans for a backyard adventure in Arthur's tent. In typical fashion, D.W. waits until the boys quiet down for the night and launches her own ``alien'' invasion, and Arthur thinks of a way to beat her at her own game. As usual, Brown treats his subject with warmth and humor, and his illustrations enhance the text through their detail and the visual clues they give readers. This is a title that will have wide appeal.-Mary Ann Bursk, Bucks County Free Library, Levittown, PA
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Author Marc Brown's reading of Arthur's Chicken Pox is lively entertainment for listeners. Introduced by a song sung by kids, this adventure revolves around whether or not Arthur will get over his chicken pox in time to go to the circus with his family. In the meantime, D.W. makes her own plans to invite a friend to go as Arthur's replacement, and feigns chicken pox herself in a bid for attention from her family. At the end of the story, in a nod to justice, Arthur recovers in time, but D.W. comes down with spots on the morning of the circus. Equally entertaining is Brown's reading of Arthur's First Sleepover. The possibility of aliens making an appearance during Arthur's campout with his friends adds to the excitement. Of course, D.W. is making her own preparations to provide an alien so the boys won't be disappointed. Once again, humor abounds with Arthur's efforts to get even. Listeners will delight in hearing Mar Brown's interpretation of the characters and enjoy these stories with their predictable and satisfying endings.-Marcia Brightman, Mark's Meadow Laboratory School, Amherst, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316110495
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Arthur Adventures Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Brown
Marc Brown
Two things suggest that Arthur, the loveable star of children’s books and the PBS series, may not be so fictitious after all: 1) Kids are known to call Marc Brown’s house looking for their bespectacled friend and 2) Brown’s third grade class picture -- according to many, a dead-ringer for the aardvark himself.

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 October 4, 2007

    Arthur's Best Sleepover Ever!!!

    My favorite part was when D.W. got scared by aliens. Arthur could not find the flashlight because no good D.W. stole it. This is my favorite book of all!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2002

    Arthur Rocks!

    I think this book was really good. I loved Arthur sence I was a little kid in kidnergarten. I gave it 5 stars because I love all of Mark Brown's books. I am thinking of buying it but i'm not sure, but I think I can get that book for only $3.99. I think you guys or who ever should lower the prices.Anyways I love all of the Arthur books and always will. Hope he comes out with more books. See Ya Laterz

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