Ages 4-6. When Arthur's mother learns that his teacher's roof has collapsed in a snowstorm, she invites Mr. Ratburn to stay in their home. At first Arthur worries about what Mr. Ratburn will think of him. Later, labeled teacher's pet and ostracized by his classmates, he's more concerned about losing his friends. Mr. Ratburn solves the problem, though, when he announces that he'll be moving on to the homes of his other students. Cartoon-style ink-and-watercolor pictures illustrate the story with style. Some children will be as surprised as D. W. to learn that the teacher doesn't live at school, while others will hardly recognize Mr. Ratburn in jeans and a T-shirt. Though "adapted by Marc Brown from a teleplay by Joe Fallon," this is an entertaining addition to a popular series. Carolyn Phelan
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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.