D.W. Thinks Big (Arthur Adventures Series)

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Looking for the perfect gift for D.W. fans? Here's an adorable ten-inch-high plush toy accompanied by one of Marc Brown's most popular titles, "D.W. Thinks Big". Kids will love reading about how Arthur's little sister saves Aunt Lucy's wedding day. This favorite story, with its own cuddly D.W., is guaranteed to delight her many fans. Full color.

Even though her brother Arthur says she is too little to help with the upcoming wedding, D.W. proves she is just the right ...

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Overview

Looking for the perfect gift for D.W. fans? Here's an adorable ten-inch-high plush toy accompanied by one of Marc Brown's most popular titles, "D.W. Thinks Big". Kids will love reading about how Arthur's little sister saves Aunt Lucy's wedding day. This favorite story, with its own cuddly D.W., is guaranteed to delight her many fans. Full color.

Even though her brother Arthur says she is too little to help with the upcoming wedding, D.W. proves she is just the right size when disaster strikes during the ceremony.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Here comes the (would-be) flower girl, all dressed in pink. Alas, much to D. W.'s dismay, her older cousin Cora has been given the coveted role in Aunt Lucy's wedding. And to make matters worse, brother Arthur has the oh-so-important job of ring bearer. But the irrepressible D. W. doesn't give up easily: she hopes that Cora will get so nervous that she'll have to fill in as flower girl; and she looks to the future optimistically (``Next time you get married can I help?'' she begs her aunt). But fortune smiles upon the sibling on the sidelines, and D. W. gets to play a more critical part in the ceremony than even she had envisioned. Illustrated with Brown's typically animated, humorous drawings, D. W.'s latest escapade is as energetic and spunky as the young aardvark herself. All aspiring flower girls--a sizable audience--will certainly request return visits with this determined youngster. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
D.W. may be young and small, but her size helps save Aunt Lucy's wedding. Put out because she has no role in Aunt Lucy's wedding, D.W. establishes a place for herself when she retrieves the wedding ring lost by her brother Arthur. The young heroine gets to march down the aisle holding the shinny gold ring. Transformed into a board book, this story loses nothing and the delightful drawings and good humor abound.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- A wonderful new D. W. adventure. Arthur is to be the ring bearer in his Aunt Lucy's wedding and his sister D. W.'s aardvark nose is out of joint because she is thought to be too little to take part in the ceremony. She must watch as cousin Cora walks down the aisle scattering flower petals and Arthur carries the ring on a special pillow. Disaster strikes when the ring drops, rolls down the aisle, and falls into a heating grate on the floor. All attempts to recover it fail, until D. W. saves the day. The soft watercolors are full of detail. Like other books about the siblings, this one is a great deal of fun. There is slightly more text here than in the previous titles, but it reads aloud well and will be a hit in story hours. Youngsters will agree with the heroine as she states, `` `I may be little, but sometimes I can be a big help!' '' A worthy purchase for any picture-book collection. --Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316109222
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Arthur Adventures Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.15 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    I really liked it!

    It was Aunt Lucy's wedding, and D.W. saved the day! Whoo-hoo! And D.W. picked the ring from under the organ. I thought D.W. was really brave!

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