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Arthur's Halloween: An Arthur Adventure [Paperback]

Marc Brown
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Sept. 30 1983 Arthur Adventures
Halloween has Arthur spooked! When his little sister wanders off into the scariest house on the street, Arthur has to find the courage to go in and save her. Will Arthur and D.W. make it out alive?

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2. Sure to be popular due to the success of the new PBS television series, these new additions to the series demonstrate the vocal talent of author/illustrator Marc Brown. Arthur's creator reads the texts, giving each character a distinctive voice. He is able to portray the females, like mother and D.W., while avoiding stereotypical high, squeaky voices. The production values on the recordings are excellent, with background music and helpful sound effects. The slamming of car doors, the sound of rain or footsteps, and other sound effects give the tapes the quality of old radio shows. Each tape opens with the theme song, "Say Hello to Arthur." Both sides of each tape are the same except for the page-turning signal bell on one side. In Arthur's Family Vacation, rain ruins the family's stay at the beach until Arthur thinks of activities they can do. In Arthur's Halloween, Arthur and D.W. learn you can't presume a house is haunted just because the outside looks run down. The artwork in each book features Brown's customary cartoon-like ink and watercolor illustrations that add humor to the stories. The tapes work well even without the books.
Penny Peck, San Leandro Public Library, CA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining offering from Arthur Dec 27 2002
If you're looking for entertaining Halloween picture books for 3 and 4 year olds, Arthur's Halloween fits the bill.
Arthur and his friends go trick or treating. Arthur is very scared at first, but he learns to overcome his fears along the way. Only D.W. is brave enough to approach the "witch's" house, but then Arthur and D.W. learn that the "witch" is really just a misunderstood elderly lady with a messy house and yard.
Arthur's Halloween is about trick-or-treating, mainly, and there is no mention of Halloween parades, bobbing for apples, or other Halloween traditions. If your children are afraid of trick-or-treating, this book may help them to escape their fear.
Often characters in Arthur videos and books daydream or imagine episodes, and I find that those episodes are presented in a way that my three year old finds confusing. He does not distinguish between the trappings of characters' imaginations and the regular plot. Now I know that I can add commentary so that he understands that certain elements in a book are just the dreams of a character.
For example, in Arthur's Halloween, some of the kids imagine that the "witch" is harming Arthur and D.W. in several different ways. When a toddler sees illustrations of the "witch" doing such things, he believes it just as he believes the rest of the plot. I have learned that I can say "Francine (or The Brain, or Buster, etc.)just THINKS this is happening. It's not really happening, is it?" Then my child doesn't confuse the "real" plot with the characters' fanciful thoughts.
In any case, Arthur's Halloween is not a bad Halloween picture book, and even if you steer your child away from "series" books or books allied with television series, give this one a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arthur Gets Over Himself Sept. 15 2000
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This Arthur installment is a cute Halloween story that reminds us appearances can be deceiving. Arthur is scared of everything this Halloween -D.W.'s costume, the family decorations, the batwing brownie snacks at school - things that everyone else seems to enjoy. Obligated to bring little sister D.W. along while trick or treating with his friends, Arthur is crabby about everything, expecially when D.W. runs into the creepy house on the corner. Everyone's afraid to go in, but Arthur has to go in after D.W. When he does so, he finds D.W. contendly eating chocolate doughnuts with the elderly lady owner. He realizes that the old lady is not a witch, just unable to keep up the maintenance on her house all by herself. At the end, Arthur and D.W. leave hugging the old lady and promising to help her rake leaves. All Arthur's friends are impressed, Arthur has learned that there is nothing to be afraid of, and even leads the group home through the cemetary! This is a really important lesson for little ones to learn; not to judge by appearances. My kids love the Arthur books. Despite the fact that they are all aardvarks, rabbits, monkeys, and rats, the problems they encounter are very real-to-life, and D.W. the pesty sister is just perfect! You won't be disappointed with this book if your kids like Arthur!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Arthur's Halloween Oct. 2 2003
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Arthur's Halloween is about Arthur who is afraid of pretty much everything. When Halloween comes, he is told he has to take his sister. When trick or treating the two get lost behind and D.W. goes in the so-called Witch House, and Arthur has to go get her. The book teaches that you shouldn't judge somebody by what other people tell you. This book is good for kids 4-8. I thought it was an ok book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars arthur's halloween Feb. 22 2001
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I really like arthur's book's I remeber that I liked this book since I was in kindergarten and I'm in middle school and I still read those books. It is very intersting and I love how some of the words ryum.and I will not stop reading those books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best book I have read Aug. 10 1997
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Ilove that book that I have read it 100 time
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