D.W.'s Library Card

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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 ...

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Overview

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: 789,919
  • 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.

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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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