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D.W.'s Library Card


D.W. can't wait to get a library card, but she has to learn how to write her full name first. She practices and practices, and is finally rewarded with a library card of her very own. But when she tries to find the book she wants, it's gone! Somehow D.W. manages to wait a whole week for the book to be returned, only to hear that she can't damage it or her library card will be taken away—forever!

After finally getting her first library card, Arthur's little sister ...

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D.W. can't wait to get a library card, but she has to learn how to write her full name first. She practices and practices, and is finally rewarded with a library card of her very own. But when she tries to find the book she wants, it's gone! Somehow D.W. manages to wait a whole week for the book to be returned, only to hear that she can't damage it or her library card will be taken away—forever!

After finally getting her first library card, Arthur's little sister D.W. tries to check out her favorite book, with humorous results.

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Poor D. W. -- not only is she tortured on a daily basis by her older brother, Arthur, but now she can't get her own library card. First, she has to be able to write her full name. If Tommy and Timmy Tibble can do it, why can't she? Spelling her full name -- Dora Winifred Read -- is no small task. "Why didn't you name me something easy, like 'A'?" she asks. She finally succeeds and checks out her first book. But Tommy and Timmy warn her that if she damages the old and tattered book, they'll take her card away forever? What will she do?

Marc Brown created the ultimate little sister with D. W., and all her adventures will ring familiar to youngsters. This life-altering moment is written with ease and humor. When D. W. gets home, she barely allows herself to hold the book, and when she does it's with oven mitts. Brown's trademark understanding of young minds and their constant humor will amuse and entertain readers.

Children's Literature
D. W. really, really, REALLY wants a library card of her own. Sure, her big brother Arthur can take home books for her with his library card, but he refuses to check out 'baby books'...especially the one about the frog. Ms. Turner, the librarian, tells D. W. she can have her own card as soon as D. W. can write her full name. After lots of hard work, D. W. earns her own card and gets the book she wants. She is happy until the Tibble twins tell her that if she damages that book, her card will be taken away—forever. What will D. W. do? Beginning readers will enjoy finding out for themselves, as author/illustrator Marc Brown puts a humorous spin on a big moment in every young book lover's life. The full-color illustrations in this book are charming, just what you would expect from the creator of the hugely popular "Arthur Adventure" series. This story also makes a good read-aloud in preparation for a first trip to the library. 2001, Little Brown, $14.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Arthur the aardvark's little sister can't wait until she can write her full name (Dora Winifred Read) so that she can get a library card. However, when she finally gets it, she is so afraid of damaging the book she checks out and having her borrowing privileges taken away that instead of reading it, she puts it in a safe place until it is due. Luckily, her big brother is around to show her that she can take good care of her library books and enjoy them at the same time. This title will be great during National Library Card Sign-up Month in September or just about anytime at all. Brown's ever-familiar crayon sketches have the same appeal as those in all of the previous books.-Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
D.W. has to learn to write her full name before she can check out library books with her very own card. She begs her big brother, Arthur, to check out a book for her, but he refuses, saying that it is a "baby book." So she practices writing "Dora Winifred Read" constantly, even spelling out the letters in her mashed potatoes, until she gets it right. When she is finally allowed to check something out, she discovers that the book she wants has been borrowed and she has to wait a whole week before it is returned. When she finally does get her hands on it, the previous borrowers convince her that if she damages it, she might lose her library privileges forever. Arthur to the rescue and she learns that she'll be able to enjoy it over and over; "it's called ‘renewing.' " D.W.'s precocious antics and the familiar cast of characters introduce the responsibility of a library card to a whole new generation of readers. A great one for class visits. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316738200
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/11/2003
  • Series: D. W. Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 632,258
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Brown

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling D.W. series and the hugely popular Arthur Adventure series and is creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created numerous other books for children. Marc Brown lives with his family in Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.


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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