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Arthur's Perfect Christmas [Hardcover]

Marc Brown
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Oct. 1 2000 Arthur Adventure Series
While at first Arthur thought it was going to be a perfect Christmas, he's not so sure anymore. It hasn't snowed, the tree is decorated with trolls and unicorns, Dad decides to make an authentic "ancient" Christmas dinner, and Arthur accidentally breaks his gift for Mom. While Francine happily celebrates Hanukkah, Brian prepares for Kwanzaa, and Buster tries to find a holiday of his own, Arthur starts to think he'll have a terrible Christmas--until an unexpected guest changes everything. Full-color illustrations.

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Ages 4-8. This book accompanies the PBS prime-time holiday special by the same name; hopefully, the action will make more sense on screen than it does on the page. There are several stories going on here. Arthur is hoping for a perfect Christmas, but everything is working against it: there's no snow; Dad is making a Middle Eastern meal instead of roasting a turkey; and Arthur picks out the perfect present for his mom and then breaks it. Then there are the subplots, which continue every few pages or so and make the narrative difficult to follow. In one rather bizarre subplot, Buster's mother keeps waking him up and giving him presents because she thinks his Christmas will be ruined without his dad, from whom she's divorced. In another, Muffy is rude when Francine chooses to stay home at Hanukkah rather than come to a Christmas party. All in all, this is a jumble, but some libraries will want to have the book on hand when the special airs. For die-hard fans. Ilene Cooper
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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 illustrated many other books for children, including Ten Tiny Toes and If All the Animals Came Inside. Marc lives with his family in Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Doesn't Love Arthur and DW? Aug. 22 2013
By Jani3
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love the cartoon series on PBS - good TV viewing for my two young kids while they eat their after school snack. We borrowed the book from the library so much that I hit the internet to find a copy at a decent cost. This is a great story of how important your attitude is in accepting situtations that do not always go according to plan and how there are hidden opportunities for happiness when plans go off track.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly cut down from TV script Jan. 16 2004
It's clear that the book is an attempt to fit a whole TV special into a book. It's done poorly, and there even are characters who appear without explaination in the last few pages! I'd skip this book and buy others from the Arthur series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Christmas March 11 2003
By A Customer
This is a great book about Christmas! In the book Arthur wanted everything to be
perfect. Arthur decorated the tree. He also got a present for his mom and
dad. Unfortunately, the present broke. Arthur learned what the best thing about
Christmas really is. Read this book to find out what the best thing about Christmas is!
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