D.W. The Picky Eater (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Funny picture books about Arthur's aardvark younger sister. Young readers will be able to relate to and laugh with D.W.

Because her eating habits cause some problems, Arthur the aardvark's younger sister has to stay home when her family eats out.

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Overview

Funny picture books about Arthur's aardvark younger sister. Young readers will be able to relate to and laugh with D.W.

Because her eating habits cause some problems, Arthur the aardvark's younger sister has to stay home when her family eats out.

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Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This charming picture book features D.W., a fussy eater who does not like spinach and many other foods. When her parents tire of her finicky eating habits, they decide to leave her home with the babysitter the next time they dine out. This suits her just fine, until her brother brings home a fancy souvenir that makes her crave exotic meals in fine restaurants.
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K-Gr 3-There's a whole slew of edibles that D.W. finds disgusting, but spinach is at the top of her list. Dining out with her family, she causes a scene when her parents suggest that she give her salad greens a try-no more restaurants for the picky little aardvark after that. Staying home with a sitter is boring, though, so when she hears about her grandmother's birthday dinner at a fancy restaurant, she wants to come, too. She orders the Little Bo Peep Pot Pie, devours it with relish, amazing everybody, including herself, and learns a lesson. The text is spare and funny, and while all the colored-pencil illustrations reflect Brown's sense of humor and familiarity with the little details of childhood, some are downright hilarious. Charming endpapers feature some of the foods D.W. loves to hate. Although she wears an expression of pure horror when she discovers the main ingredient of her pie, readers will suspect that she'll keep that delicious spinach down and her mind and mouth open to new eating possibilities in the future. Youngsters are sure to relate to the young heroine, laugh at her, and maybe even laugh at themselves. Brown knows what appeals to children, and he serves up a generous portion.-Vanessa Elder, School Library Journal
Hazel Rochman
In another funny picture book about Arthur the aardvark's little sister, D. W. is a fussy eater. She won't eat anything with eyes. Also, she would never eat liver in a million years, and she won't touch all kinds of vegetables. More than anything else in the world, she hates spinach, or so she thinks. Like the badger in Russell Hoban's classic "Bread and Jam for Frances" (1964), the picky eater has to discover for herself what she's missing. Brown's affectionate, colorful cartoon pictures extend the mischief of the story. Kids will get the point that whether the food is delicious or gross, eating is a sensual experience--and a social one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613024358
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Arthur Adventures Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 24
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (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 December 15, 2003

    A wonderful story!!

    Both of my children adored this book when they were 3. We had a good laugh at DW's tantrums and the surprise ending. This is a great way to gently teach restaurant manners and have fun. Marc Brown has done it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2002

    this is a great book I would love too read it again

    I loved that book so much I would read it a thousand times

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