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Arthur's April Fool [Hardcover]

Marc Tolon Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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April 1 1985 Arthur Adventures (Pb)
Arthur worries about remembering his magic tricks for the April Fool's Day assembly and Binky's threats to pulverize him.
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About the Author

Marc Brown, who was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1946, received great encouragement and support from his grandmother and uncle. Inspired by the books of Maurice Sendak, Brown decided to pursue his ambition of becoming an illustrator. After receiving a B.F.A. in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art, he worked as a TV art director, a professor of mechanical drawing, and a freelance illustrator, before becoming a writer. In his books, he addresses the fears and problems which children face and events like friendship, family, school and pets. For his illustrations, Brown uses pencil with watercolor on a variety of papers to achieve different visual effects. The "Arthur" series, about the everyday adventures of a lovable aardvark, began in 1976 and continues to this day with 25 titles published. Brown has also created other series such as the "Rhymes" series, and the nonfiction "Dinosaur" series, which conveys messages of do's and don'ts. These series, like the stories of Arthur, hold the attention of young children while transporting their imaginations on magical journeys. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars arthur's april fool Dec 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
it was an okay book. I think that D.W. and Arthur make the perfect brother and sister because they always disagree. It was a funny book because Arthur does a good trick on Binky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur and D.W. are so much fun! May 10 2002
Format:Paperback
ARTHUR'S APRIL FOOL is one of the earlier books when the drawings of Arthur still gave him the longer head. And because it's an earlier book, all the characters you know from the wonderful TV series are here, but they look just a bit different than we're used to. It's a great story with a lot of depth and a lot of fun. The illustrations are so funny, with a lot of interesting details for kids to find. My favorite is always D.W., and she doesn't let me down here, either. The Arthur series is simply amazing and wonderful. It brings me great joy. I would get every one of the books in this affordable series of paperbacks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An ok book with a sense of humor. Dec 31 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It is not the best book in the world, but it is one of the few on April's Fool Day. I think my students will enjoy it's sense of humor.
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book does not deter the violence and gore of today's youth. It enhances the problem. The magic trick, sawing in half and providing a bucket to catch the blood is hardly suitable language for children, especially 3-4 year olds...! IT SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN and DISCOURAGED. Most of Marc Brown's Authur books seem to be OK, otherwise and teach fairness and good judgment. However, this was a great disappointment. Good taste and judgment was aparently laid aside if not in the conception, but the developement of this magic show with a subtle dark side. Am I over sensitive? Maybe, but our three year old doesn't need to hear talk about buckets of blood just yet. One drop of arsnic in the glass of water is too much for me. Let's pour out the tainted water. Arthur's April Fool is tainted. There is too much violence and gore to be viewed later in life. When I grew up we had a steady diet of Barbar the elephant. He never cut anyone up or made passig reference to gore. Even the Cat in the Hat never reached this level of implied violence.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars arthur's april fool Jan. 13 2006
By stephanie porter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
my son loved this book. he was having a problem with a bully at school and this book really help him see that even big bully's have weaknesses.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur by Marc Brown May 29 2010
By Deonne Melissa Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My students love series books. This one was a great picture book for April Fools Day. Thanks, Amazon!
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3.0 out of 5 stars arthur's april fool Dec 15 2003
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
it was an okay book. I think that D.W. and Arthur make the perfect brother and sister because they always disagree. It was a funny book because Arthur does a good trick on Binky.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur and D.W. are so much fun! May 10 2002
By MLPlayfair - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
ARTHUR'S APRIL FOOL is one of the earlier books when the drawings of Arthur still gave him the longer head. And because it's an earlier book, all the characters you know from the wonderful TV series are here, but they look just a bit different than we're used to. It's a great story with a lot of depth and a lot of fun. The illustrations are so funny, with a lot of interesting details for kids to find. My favorite is always D.W., and she doesn't let me down here, either. The Arthur series is simply amazing and wonderful. It brings me great joy. I would get every one of the books in this affordable series of paperbacks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bully Gets a Reply May 12 2013
By Summerroll - Published on Amazon.com
"Arthur's April Fool" is a story that brings up the topic of bullying in school. Since Arthur is a cartoon aardvark in third grade, the bullying behavior that his tormentor Binky Barnes directs toward him is not graphic and mainly involves intimidation. Binky takes Arthur's pen. He threatens to "pulverize" Arthur.

Despite Arthur's friends' sticking up for him, Arthur nevertheless resorts to weight lifting to try to defend himself, but nevertheless has nightmares.

At school, there is an assembly and a talent show. Arthur performs a magic show and asks for a volunteer. Binky jumps on stage.

The resolution is clever and gentle, and Arthur relies more on his brains than brawn to defend himself.

I appreciate Marc Brown addressing the issue of bullying for young children. As we all know, bullying can occur at very young ages, even in preschool. Children need to recognize that bullying is not the victim's fault, and that parents and teachers can help. They need to know that they are not alone. They can have some measure of control. Thank you, Mr. Brown.
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