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Arthur's Birthday Paperback – Apr 1 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316110744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316110747
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 25.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

About this 13th book starring the bespectacled aardvark, PW said, "The festive watercolor-and-ink drawings are full of the homey details, lovably familiar characters and verve that has come to be associated with this series." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

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


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I've started reading Arthur's books to my sons and they love the colorful pictures in the book. The storyline is cute ~~ nothing spectular or exciting. Arthur invites everyone to his birthday party only to find out one of his friends, Muffy, has her birthday party the same day. Arthur decided to surprise Muffy by hosting the party at his house and all ends well.
It's a cute story though I am not quite sure about "Spin the Bottle" gift at the end. That may be a little too old for 8 year olds. But it's not offensive or anything ~~ it's just a cute story about birthday parties.
1-12-04
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We have this book, as well as a CD-ROM version, and have also seen this episode on TV. My boys like all versions, but I am bothered with every reading or playing by the fact that nothing really explains what happens to Muffy's party---supposedly the rock band and the clown have been booked for weeks, but somehow this all seems forgotten once Muffy is tricked into coming to Arthur's house to join his party. Is the plan that Arthur and Francine come up with simply to trick Muffy into not going to her own party? My husband says I read too much into a simple story, but I think kid's books should make sense. I do have to admit this troubling plot confusion has never bothered my boys a single bit!
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By A Customer on Dec 16 2003
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I really like the book Arthur's Birthday because I liked when Arthur figured out what to do when Muffy and his birthday are on the same day. He was kind and knew what he was doing.
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My daugther loves Arthur and Birthdays, so I bought the book. We were reading along and came to the end where Francine gives Arthurs his gift and asks that he "use it right away". On the last page you see the opened gift -- a bottle with "Francine's Spin the Bottle Game" written on it. I thought this completely inappropriate for the age of reader. So,unless you're not bothered by the sexual reference in your child's reading materials, buy it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d47ed14) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6efee8) out of 5 stars It's cute Jan. 12 2004
By rebelmomof2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've started reading Arthur's books to my sons and they love the colorful pictures in the book. The storyline is cute ~~ nothing spectular or exciting. Arthur invites everyone to his birthday party only to find out one of his friends, Muffy, has her birthday party the same day. Arthur decided to surprise Muffy by hosting the party at his house and all ends well.
It's a cute story though I am not quite sure about "Spin the Bottle" gift at the end. That may be a little too old for 8 year olds. But it's not offensive or anything ~~ it's just a cute story about birthday parties.
1-12-04
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e87a0f0) out of 5 stars Arthur and Muffy are such good friends that Muffy doesn’t invite Arthur to her birthday ... Aug. 25 2015
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Arthur and Muffy are such good friends that Muffy doesn’t invite Arthur to her birthday party, so Arthur inadvertently plans his for the same afternoon. Also, being eight years old and living in the same town their entire lives, in the same classes with the same friends and appearing in several books together, this birthday party scheduling conflict has apparently never come up before.

Totes obvs, the boys all want to go to Arthur’s party and the girls all want to go to Muffy’s. (This is when I stopped reading for a second to reinforce to my daughter that there was absolutely nothing wrong with her having mostly boys at her recent birthday party. They were friends having fun at a party and that’s what’s important.) Francine, who normally grates on my nerves, becomes the voice of reason, wanting the two parties to come together—although that reason is so they can all play spin the bottle. (I stopped again to explain this is a silly game that big kids play so they can try to kiss each other. “Kissing is gross!” “Well, sometimes, yes it is.”)

Muffy insists she can’t change her party because the rock band and the clown have been booked for ages. Arthur can’t change his because family is coming in from Ohio for it.

Maybe Muffy and Arthur should have handed out the invitations earlier than three or four days before their parties, especially if so many plans had been in place for so long already?

In one charming bright spot in this story, Arthur and Francine hatch a plan to bring the two parties together.

But instead of having it at Muffy’s mansion on, I kid you not, Nou Veau Riche Drive, with the rock band and the clown, they have it at Arthur’s small house, where his mom grumbles about it. It’s totally the best idea ever to have the party together but there’s no mention about how Muffy’s parents feel after losing their deposit on the unused rock band and clown.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e87a354) out of 5 stars Best Arthur Book Ever!!! ^.^ July 30 2013
By Zachary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the best Arthur book I've ever read. I also remember playing the Living Books computer game version of it, and it was really fun, too. This is one of these books I recommend to everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6effe4) out of 5 stars Arthur's Birthday (An Arthur Adventure) Nov. 18 2012
By roberta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was disappointed because I expected a hardback book, but it was a very slim paperback.

I also wasnt vigilant at seeing that it was shipped from the States, so really I thought it was expensive for what it was!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6f09c0) out of 5 stars I think that this book is funny because nobody wanted to come to Arthur's party and ... April 10 2015
By Jessica Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In my opinion, I think that this book is funny because nobody wanted to come to Arthur's party and then they all came. - 1st Grade Age 6


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