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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: 978-0440843122
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,449 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.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- The adventures of Arthur the aardvark continue as he anticipates his birthday party. Excitement builds as he hands out invitations to his friends at school--and then he discovers that Muffy is having a party on Saturday afternoon, too. The dates can't be changed; Arthur's relatives are coming, and Muffy's booked a clown and a rock band. By the next day, the boys have decided to go to Arthur's party, the girls to Muffy's. With his usual wisdom, Arthur saves the day. He and Francine forge Muffy's handwriting on new invitations, changing the location of her party to Arthur's house (his parents are included in the plan). The unsuspecting Muffy is lured there by the promise of a present too big to fit in her mailbox. Of course, the gift is a surprise party, heartily enjoyed by both boys and girls. Brown's familiar watercolors have lots of interesting details--kites caught in trees, a male relative wearing a "Liberated Partner" apron. Arthur's warm, loving family and his diplomatic approach to problem solving strike just the right note--positive and believable. The "Arthur" stories are primary-grade favorites; children will enjoy this latest offering. Other recent birthday stories are Frank Modell's Ice Cream Soup (Greenwillow, 1988), in which another joint party turns into a surprise, and the Sick-in-Bed Birthday Book (Viking, 1988) by Linda Tyler, about a delayed celebration that turns out fine. --Lucy Young Clem, Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom on Jan. 12 2004
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.
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By A Customer on Jan. 14 2000
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
TWO CHARACTERS, MUFFY AND ARTHUR, ARE HAVING THEIR BIRTHDAY PARTIES ON THE SAME DAY. THEIR FRIENDS HAD TO CHOOSE WHICH PARTY TO GO TO. ARTHUR AND FRANCINE SOLVED THE PROBLEM BY INVITING MUFFY TO A SURPRISE PARTY AT ARTHUR'S HOUSE. THIS COULD REALLY HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE. MARC BROWN FOUND A FUN WAY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THIS IS A GOOD BOOK. OUR CLASS REALLY ENJOYED READING IT. WE LOVED THE PICTURES AND HAD FUN TRYING TO LOCATE TOLON, TUCKER, AND ELIZA'S NAMES IN THE ILLUSTRATIONS. "WE SHOULD TELL OTHERS ABOUT ARTHUR'S BIRTHDAY BECAUSE MARC BROWN WROTE A GREAT BOOK." MRS. TAYLOR'S LIBRARY SKILLS CLASS
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Format: Paperback
This is the same story as on the TV series, wherein Arthur's birthday is on the same day as Muffy's and both want to have their parties at the same time. The fact that it's the same as on the TV show can work to your advantage in that kids know the story, whether you read it aloud or they read it to you. It gives them confidence in knowing some of what's going to happen. The colorful illustrations are fun to follow along with. The Arthur doll is soft and huggable with "glasses" that are sewn onto the washable body. The doll makes a nice prop if you're reading out loud to a small group.
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