Arthur's Mystery Envelope: An Arthur Chapter Book

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Arthur's Mystery Envelope It looks like trouble when the principal asks Arthur to take home a large envelope marked CONFIDENTIAL. His friends try to guess what's inside. It might just be information on...summer school! Will Arthur face the consequences or pretend to lose the envelope? In chapter-book format, for children who are ready to read on their own, this mysterious adventure will surely be a hit among Arthur fans.

It looks like trouble when the principal asks...

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Overview

Arthur's Mystery Envelope It looks like trouble when the principal asks Arthur to take home a large envelope marked CONFIDENTIAL. His friends try to guess what's inside. It might just be information on...summer school! Will Arthur face the consequences or pretend to lose the envelope? In chapter-book format, for children who are ready to read on their own, this mysterious adventure will surely be a hit among Arthur fans.

It looks like trouble when the principal asks Arthur to take home a large envelope marked "confidential".

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This Arthur Chapter Book makes it easy to understand why Arthur is such a popular character. Almost every child, and the child hidden within every adult, will relate to the story of Arthur being called to the principal's office. Arthur's friends assume that Arthur is in trouble. When he returns to show them the envelope the principal has given him, they assume Arthur is in BIG trouble. The envelope is addressed to Arthur's mother and is stamped Private and Confidential. What is in the letter? Will Arthur have to go to summer school while all his friends enjoy camping and Rollerblading? Arthur drags himself home. He intends to give the envelope to his mother, but somehow or another the time is never right. As Arthur procrastinates, his imagination conjures up one dismaying scenario after another. When the envelope is finally opened, Arthur is relieved. The message has nothing to do with him. But, oh what tortures he endured while delaying the inevitable.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3These two titles are part of a series of chapter-book novelizations of PBS's Arthur episodes. Even though the covers proclaim "A Marc Brown Arthur" and show a photograph of Brown on the jackets, the books themselves have been written by someone else, and are based on teleplays created by yet other authors. The texts are interspersed with black-and-white illustrations. Arthur and the Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club deals with an unusual theme for primary-grade audiencescensorship. Angry parents have demanded that a series of scary books be banned from the public library because they believe they are frightening their children, and Arthur and his friends decide to fight back. Arthur's Mystery Envelope concerns the young aardvark's curiosity and anxiety when the principal gives him an envelope to take home marked "PRIVATE and CONFIDENTIAL." His desire to be honest is tempered by his fear of negative consequences as he wrestles with the dilemma of whether to deliver the envelope or to "lose" it. The reading level of these books is problematic: the vocabulary exceeds that of average third graders, yet the audience of the Arthur show is usually much younger. They could be used as read-alouds, and would undoubtedly appeal to children who watch the program and to precocious younger readers.Linda W. Tilden, Cherry Hill Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316115476
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Arthur Chapter Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 157,776
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.25 (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 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.

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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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