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Arthur's Family Vacation: An Arthur Adventure Paperback – Apr 1 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
The irrepressible Arthur and his equally high-spirited kid sister star in aardvarkian antics that offer, said PW, "substantial doses of Brown's trademark understated humor and art brimming with witty details." Ages 3-8; 4-8.
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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 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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By the time they're done packing, the station wagon is stuffed to the gills, and bags and an inflatable shark are tethered to the roof of the car. Buster went to summer cap, and Arthur wistfully imagines all the fun Buster's having without him: archery, canoe, roasting marshmallows.
Meanwhile, Arthur's family's vacation meets some disappointments. "Ocean View Motel" isn't exactly on the beach. The room is smaller than expected. Worst of all, it starts to rain.
Rather than stew in the motel room, however, Arthur's father shows that a family can create its own fun during a vacation. Who says you can't ride a cow in the rain? Movies with popcorn, anyone?
Pluck and optimism overcome a bad situation. Arthur shows that family fun is a state of mind; happiness is being with people you love.
The story flows gently and easily, and the illustrations are, as usual, humorous in their details. D.W. is the thorn in Arthur's side whose liveliness generates some laughs. And as always, the last page has a nice joke. A gentle, nostalgic story about a family vacation that everyone can relate to.
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