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CriticasGr 2-4-In the first title, Arthur is alarmed to learn that his mother has invited his teacher to spend a few days at their home. It seems that Mr. Ratburn's house has suffered a roof collapse and he needs a place to stay during repairs. Things go from bad to worse as Arthur first finds out that his teacher will be staying in his bedroom. Later at school, Arthur gets razzed by his classmates for being the teacher's pet. Fortunately, Senor Rataquemada turns out to be an amiable houseguest who has brought along his favorite videos (Arthur's favorites too!) and entertains the family with magic tricks. Just as his classmates' teasing becomes almost too much to bear, the temporarily homeless teacher announces he will be spending a little bit of time in each pupil's home. In the second title, D.W. makes life impossible for the family, as she refuses to eat most foods. Tired of pleading with her, the family decides not to include D.W. in its restaurant visits. The picky eater is left at home with a grouchy baby sitter until a special event comes up. Not wanting to miss out on Grandmother's birthday dinner, D.W. promises to eat whatever is on the menu. To her surprise, she enjoys a dish that turns out to have spinach in it. As always, Brown's colorful illustrations are delightful, showing domestic, schoolroom, restaurant, and outdoor scenes. D.W. is the perfectly pesky little sister, and Arthur is the typically anxious kid worrying about everything he cannot control, including his parent's actions. Sarfatti's translations are beautifully unobtrusive. Recommended for schools, public libraries, and bookstores.
—Maria Otero-Boisvert, "Criticas" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.