- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 35952 KB
- Print Length: 32 pages
- Publisher: Two Lions (Jan. 6 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NKQCQPI
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- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 62 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Arthur's Halloween (Arthur Adventure) Kindle Edition
|Length: 32 pages||Age Level: 3 - 7||Grade Level: P - 2|
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About the Author
Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and codeveloper of the 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 on Martha’s Vineyard.
The books that inspired the multiple Emmy Award Winning children's TV series
"Brown's sweet, colorful illustrations sparkle with humor and child appeal, and his message comes through loud and clear."―Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My only complaint is that the spine became completely unglued after a couple readings, but a bit of tape fixed that.
The whole house’s interior was enticingly atmospheric, with thrilling details. I, for one, am sure to favour any depictions of a loving, large family of cats! Readers of holiday themes and spooky vignettes know the drill. A neighbourhood has a house no one you know has visited, an unsettling rumour about the last person who did, or a grim story about a poorly-known resident family. A stray person either dares to approach the legendary place or feels it is necessary. Usually, old rumours are revealed as baseless and the moral is fairness, kindness, and adequate acquaintance. Arthur’s neighbour needed help with raking and general exterior upkeep but the story that unfolds in this adventure paves an original atmosphere that is all its own, shifting quickly to happy, triumphant feelings.
This story establishes how jittery Arthur is: around creepy decorations his Dad puts up, accessories his Mom sews; and being saddled with the devil-costumed D.W. We thus know the feat it is, for Arthur to cross Mrs. Tibble’s threshold in pursuit of D.W. <b>Marc</b> draws adorable kitties escorting Arthur’s brave entrance. Some sneak behind his progress down Mrs. Tibble’s intriguing hall. They all join a cozy kitchen tableau. This whole book is richly-drawn, evocative with compelling, mysterious ambiance details!
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.
Top international reviews
The artwork is really nice and is the best part of this book, in my opinion. It also has some good messages about not being afraid of things you don't understand and not making assumptions about people. It might not have the best stranger danger advice, however, as the protagonist enters a stranger's home while trick or treating, but to be fair, the protagonist is also a talking anteater, so...
Overall, it's a really cute Halloween story with cool artwork.