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Arthur's Nose: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition [Hardcover]

Marc Brown
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April 1 2001 Arthur Adventures
In this anniversary edition of Arthur's Nose, Arthur fans old and new can see how their favorite aardvark and his friends have developed over the twenty-five years since this first Arthur Adventure was published. The all-new scrapbook pages are full of fun facts and a letter from the author on how Arthur began. Photos from Marc Brown's personal archives reveal how the characters and events from the Arthur books are based on the author's family, friends, and experiences. This is one Arthur Adventure readers won't want to miss!

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After 25 years of Arthur adventures, enthusiastic readers still agree with the conclusion of the very first book about this Everychild aardvark: "There's a lot more to Arthur than his nose." This 25th anniversary edition includes, in addition to the original story, Arthur's Nose, a scrapbook of fun facts, photos, and letters all about the evolution of Arthur over the years. Readers can compare photos of author Marc Brown's family with pictures of Arthur and his family. (Note the spooky similarity between Brown's sister, Bonnie, and Arthur's sister, D.W.--Brown doesn't deny it!). In a letter to his fans, Brown describes how Arthur came to be, and how he has developed over the years. A special illustrated section demonstrates just how much this friendly fellow's nose has changed, from a long, droopy, aardvarky nose in 1976, gradually shortening over the years to his nearly nonexistent schnoz today. Arthur has also acquired glasses and a much sunnier disposition over the last quarter century.

In Arthur's Nose, first grader Arthur decides that he doesn't like his nose. He goes to the rhinologist to change it, but ultimately decides, to the relief of his friends and family, "I'm just not me without my nose!" Luckily for readers today, Arthur is still Arthur, even without the original elongated proboscis. Fans of Arthur's First Kiss, Arthur Accused!, Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest, and the many other Arthur titles, will be thrilled to get a peek behind the scenes in this very special edition. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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They're Back! Everyone's favorite aardvark returns to celebrate a quarter-century of success in Arthur's Nose: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition by Marc Brown. As a prologue to this first story in which Arthur starred, Brown shows the evolution of his drawings of Arthur from 1976 to the present, along with a sidebar of "Fun Facts" (e.g., "D.W. has an imaginary friend named Nadine"), followed by a photo gallery of Brown's family with some pretty clear correlations between the author's relatives and Arthur's. Aspiring writers and artists also get a peek at the original manuscript and sketches for Arthur's Nose. (Little, Brown, $15.95 40p ages 4-8 ISBN 0-316-11884-2; Apr.) For story hour, Little House in the Big Woods: Special Read-Aloud Edition by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illus. by Garth Williams, expands its trim size (to 8 U x 10 7/8") and type size but retains the classic charcoal drawings and the famous tale of Laura and her pioneer family living in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. ( Apr.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Writing Possibilities! Feb. 15 2002
This new edition of Arthur's Nose is as wonderful as the original, but now it's even more useful to teachers! In the front of the book, Marc Brown has included pages from his original manuscript and shown how he had to edit and revise things. What a great motivator for young writers learning that revision and editing are a part of writing. There is also a gallery of photographs from Marc's own family and Arthur's life over the years. An additional page of fun facts and all of the incarnations of Arthur's nose over the years, as well as a letter to readers, complete the additional pages of this anniversary edition.
Just like Peanuts characters, and others with whom we, or our children, grew up, Arthur's looks have changed over the years. What a great classroom discussion these changes could prompt! I could envision this discussion taking place, with more mature reasoning, from first to sixth grade, and I wouldn't hesitate to use the book as a writing springboard in those same grade levels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur's First Appearance June 11 2000
Of all the characters that have a book for every first, every problem, every holiday, Arthur is my favorite. Unlike some other series, the Arthur books don't bang you over the head with the moral of the story. It's there, but woven so subtly into the story that you discover it on your own.
When I first saw Arthur in his present incarnation, I thought he was some sort of a mouse. He's actually an aardvark. He looks more like an aardvark in the earliest book. That's the problem: Arthur doesn't like his long aardvark snout.
His family loves Arthur and his nose. But the kids at school, who are all different types of animals, sometimes make fun of his nose, so Arthur decides to change it. He visits a rhinologist (who is a rhino, of course), and tries out different pictures of noses. Would he be happier with a rabbit's nose? A chicken's? An armadillo's?
Finally, he decides to stick with the nose he's got.
It's a great message for any kid who feels a little different. But, look at Arthur today. What happened to that long snout? No matter, he's still my favorite. As author Marc Brown put it in the first book, "There's more to Arthur than his nose."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lockport Students LOVE the Arthur Books!! Nov. 3 1999
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We are first graders in Lockport, NY. We love the Arthur the Aardvark books, especially Arthur's Nose. Our first grade teacher, Mrs. Haak, read the story to us. Jacob, Marisa, Nicholas, and Cory think the best part of the book is when Arthur tries on all the different noses. Javeon's favorite part is when Arthur tries on the rhino nose. We will get more Arthur books out of the library!
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