Arthur's Nose: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition

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In this anniversary edition of Arthur's Nose, Arthur fans old and new can see how their favorite aardvark and his friends have developed over the twenty-five years since this first Arthur Adventure was published. The all-new scrapbook pages are full of fun facts and a letter from the author on how Arthur began. Photos from Marc Brown's personal archives reveal how the characters and events from the Arthur books are based on the author's family, friends, and experiences. This is ...

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Overview

In this anniversary edition of Arthur's Nose, Arthur fans old and new can see how their favorite aardvark and his friends have developed over the twenty-five years since this first Arthur Adventure was published. The all-new scrapbook pages are full of fun facts and a letter from the author on how Arthur began. Photos from Marc Brown's personal archives reveal how the characters and events from the Arthur books are based on the author's family, friends, and experiences. This is one Arthur Adventure readers won't want to miss!

Unhappy with his nose, Arthur visits the rhinologist to get a new one.

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Arthur, the lovable aardvark, has been around for 25 years! He's certainly changed over the years, and this anniversary edition of the first Arthur Adventure shows readers how. Here's the terrific, classic story of Arthur's search for a new nose -- with lots of extras. This special edition also includes brand-new pages of fun facts about Arthur and all his friends, a letter from author Marc Brown describing the evolution of Arthur, as well as photos from Brown's personal archives, and more. It's a must-have for every Arthur fan!
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
They're Back! Everyone's favorite aardvark returns to celebrate a quarter-century of success in Arthur's Nose: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition by Marc Brown. As a prologue to this first story in which Arthur starred, Brown shows the evolution of his drawings of Arthur from 1976 to the present, along with a sidebar of "Fun Facts" (e.g., "D.W. has an imaginary friend named Nadine"), followed by a photo gallery of Brown's family with some pretty clear correlations between the author's relatives and Arthur's. Aspiring writers and artists also get a peek at the original manuscript and sketches for Arthur's Nose. (Little, Brown, $15.95 40p ages 4-8 ISBN 0-316-11884-2; Apr.) For story hour, Little House in the Big Woods: Special Read-Aloud Edition by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illus. by Garth Williams, expands its trim size (to 8 U x 10 7/8") and type size but retains the classic charcoal drawings and the famous tale of Laura and her pioneer family living in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Arthur, the aardvark star of 75 books and a TV show, got his start as a bedtime story told by Marc Brown to his young son. Luckily, Brown had both the writing and illustrating skills to bring Arthur to life on the page in 1976. This season Arthur's 25th birthday is being celebrated with the publishing, in a limited edition, of the story that started it all—Arthur's Nose. Brown includes some fascinating front matter sure to appeal to kids interested in the writing/illustrating process: a double-page scrapbook featuring Brown's and Arthur's families, a copy of the original manuscript and sketches, and an Arthur "gallery," showing how the little critter has changed over the years. 2001 (orig. 1976), Little Brown, $15.95. Ages 4 to 9. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316118842
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Arthur Adventures Series
  • Edition description: 25TH ANNIVERSARY
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.37 (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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