Arthur's New Puppy: An Arthur Adventure

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Arthur's new puppy causes problems when it tears the living room apart, wets on everything, and refuses to wear a leash.

Arthur's new puppy causes problems when it tears the living room apart, wets on everything, and refuses to wear a leash.

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Overview

Arthur's new puppy causes problems when it tears the living room apart, wets on everything, and refuses to wear a leash.

Arthur's new puppy causes problems when it tears the living room apart, wets on everything, and refuses to wear a leash.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The amicable aardvark and a frisky new puppy are a natural combination--and a winning one. In the 18th title in the Arthur series, Brown entertains fans with a typically blithe narrative, bolstered by full-page pictures brimming with kid-tickling particulars. ``I'll have him trained in no time,'' promises a sincere Arthur when D.W. announces that her brother's new puppy, Pal, is ``very naughty.'' But the task proves a bit more arduous than Arthur anticipates. After the rambunctious dog makes a mess of the house one night, Arthur's parents banish him to the garage. But when the key to the garage mysteriously disappears, Pal gets to stay indoors a little longer, giving him ample time to create more chaos. Readers will love watching Arthur's attempts to train his pet, who--not surprisingly--gets the last laugh on his doting young master. Fetching. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Arthur has a puppy, but he isn't housebroken. Rather, he is braking up the house. But Arthur perseveres and finally gets the dog trained and even performing a few tricks. But this little puppy, as readers soon learn, is no dummy and has a few tricks of his own. It is amusing and kids who enjoy the TV show will want this and other Arthur books.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Arthur's new puppy wreaks so much havoc that the boy fears his parents will send the dog away. When Dad banishes Pal to the garage, the garage key mysteriously disappears. D.W. isn't very optimistic about the animal's future, but her brother insists that he can train him. Arthur then teaches the puppy to sit, stay, lay down, and perform tricks in less than a week. A predictable but satisfying ending finds Pal performing for an appreciative audience and retrieving the missing key. While experienced dog owners may find the speedy transformation unbelievable, a slight twist redeems the ending. Brown's watercolor and ink-line illustrations successfully capture the chaos. Series fans as well as uninitiated readers will find the book's humor and warmth appealing.-Pearl Herscovitch, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Two more Arthur favorites featuring the theme song "Say Hello to Arthur" and page turn signals on one side of the cassette.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316109215
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Arthur Adventures Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 143,811
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (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.

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 April 6, 2009

    Be aware that this is a board book. It is described as hardcover.

    The book is fine, but I did not want the board book version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

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    I think you should read this book because if you ever had a puppy you love it a lot. The book was about Arthur getting a new puppie. Arthur needed to know how to take care of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2004

    ARTHUR ROCKS!!

    Arthur is the best in the whole world!! I used this used book for a project in my college English class. Arthur is the best show ever!!

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