Arthur is off to nursery school, and youngsters are invited to join him for a day of early-learning fun. Readers can lift over 50 flaps to find his missing sock, discover what's in the "show and tell" boxes, and see what's under each letter of the alphabet. They can even join in on Arthur's flap-flipping rendition of "The Three Little Pigs" during story hour! Value-packed and fun-filled, here is one school day no child will want to see end. A Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection.
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Marc Brown is best known as the author and illustrator who created the beloved aardvark Arthur. This popular character was born one night over twenty years ago, when Brown was telling his oldest son, Tolon, a bedtime story. Most of the stories he told were about animals, but that night the story just happened to be about an aardvark. Brown has written and illustrated more than fifty Arthur and D.W. (Arthur's little sister) books since then. He has also illustrated twelve other books with his wife--author, illustrator, and psychologist Laurie Krasny Brown.
As a child, Marc Brown's passion for drawing was encouraged by his grandmother Thora, who saved his artwork in the bottom drawer of her bureau. "I knew it must be special," recalls Brown, "because she didn't save many things." His grandmother later provided an education fund that helped Brown pay for art school. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1964 to 1969.
Grandma Thora is just one person in Marc Brown's life who has afforded the inspiration for one of his characters. Many other characters are based on children he knew while he was growing up and going to school in Mill Creek, Pennsylvania. His sisters--Bonnie, Colleen, and Kimberly--have all served as models for his characters D.W. and Francine. Brown patterned Buster after Terry Johnson, his best friend in elementary school, while Mr. Ratburn is based on "the meanest algebra teacher ever."
Brown was born in 1946 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Before he created the Arthur series, he worked at a variety of jobs, including stints as a truck driver, short-order cook, college professor, soda jerk, actor, chicken farmer, and television art director. Now, in addition to developing the Arthur television series on PBS, Brown continues to create new books both for Random House Children's Publishing and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Marc Brown lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Martha's Vineyard with Laurie and their young daughter, Eliza. He also has two grown sons, Tolon and Tucker. Brown looks to his three children for inspiration and story ideas. He also gets many suggestions from children he meets in schools, libraries, and bookstores around the country. "The most interesting--and the funniest--things," Brown says, "happen in real life."
PreSchool-Grade 1?The lovable aardvark, Arthur, is the star of this board book with "over 50 flaps to open." It is a concept book, but with so many subjects it may be more confusing than informative. Alphabet, counting, colors, and opposites are combined with getting-ready-for-school and a condensed version of The Three Little Pigs in this 10-page book. Its thin organization follows the sequence of a school day, but the overall impression is that the day was wrapped around the concepts. In spite of the familiar cheerful illustrations and characters, this format is a disappointment. The flaps are difficult to open the first time, which will cause frustration. Then they do not close completely. Stick with Brown's wonderful "Arthur" stories?forget this spin-off.?Betty Teague, Blythe Elementary School, Greenville, SC
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