Arthur's Halloween (Arthur Adventures Series)

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Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister's costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner.

Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister's costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner.

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Overview

Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister's costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner.

Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister's costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Sure to be popular due to the success of the new PBS television series, these new additions to the series demonstrate the vocal talent of author/illustrator Marc Brown. Arthur's creator reads the texts, giving each character a distinctive voice. He is able to portray the females, like mother and D.W., while avoiding stereotypical high, squeaky voices. The production values on the recordings are excellent, with background music and helpful sound effects. The slamming of car doors, the sound of rain or footsteps, and other sound effects give the tapes the quality of old radio shows. Each tape opens with the theme song, "Say Hello to Arthur." Both sides of each tape are the same except for the page-turning signal bell on one side. In Arthur's Family Vacation, rain ruins the family's stay at the beach until Arthur thinks of activities they can do. In Arthur's Halloween, Arthur and D.W. learn you can't presume a house is haunted just because the outside looks run down. The artwork in each book features Brown's customary cartoon-like ink and watercolor illustrations that add humor to the stories. The tapes work well even without the books.-Penny Peck, San Leandro Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316110594
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1983
  • Series: Arthur Adventures Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 255,687
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (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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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    arthur's halloween

    awesome
    Maggie age 9

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2009

    Cool Arthur (by Jonah)

    My favorite part was: Arthur's friends were scared because Arthur went into the witches' house. Arthur to take his sister D.W. trick or treat that night. You will like this book because it is funny.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Spooky Blood!!

    If you like halloween you should read this book. My favorite part is when Francine brings bat-wing brownies and vampire blood fruit punch. You would like this book. They are dressed up in weird costumes. This book is a good book. The Brain is dressed up as a potato, he is wrapped up in aluminum foil.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2009

    Arthur's Halloween (by Samara)

    This book is about Arthur's Halloween. They made decorations. The witch is nice. Arthur is afraid to go into the witch's home. My favorite part is when DW scares him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2009

    Arthur's Halloween (by Rhen)

    It was Halloween morning. Arthur woke up that day D.W. came in with her costume on. Arthur yelled very loud. D.W. laughed hard. He thought Mr. Ratburn was a robot. The Brain was a baked potato. Muffy was money. D.W. went in the witches house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2009

    Weird Book (by Claire)

    Arthur was scared by his sister. Arthur didn't recognize Mr. Ratburn because he was in a big robot costume. It was weird. Muffy was wearing a money outfit. They went trick or treating at the end.

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    Posted November 5, 2012

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