Arthur's Neighborhood by Marc Brown
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Illustrated in full color. The fun starts right inside the front cover of this big oversize board-book companion to Arthur Goes to School. Arthur, his pesky little sister D.W., and four of their friends set out to search for Arthur's missing puppy, Pal - and sturdy punch-out toy figures let kids play out the search themselves. Each spread has at least one "put and take" slot cut into the board page, offering all kinds of interactive play with the figures. Can you find that playful  puppy? Preschoolers will love searching through the many doors, cabinets, and drawers found on every spread trying to find him. Kids can even help Arthur "try on" shoes at the shoe store and tuck him behind the wheel of a great big hook and ladder at the firehouse.  
 

About Marc Brown

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Marc Brown is best known as the author and illustrator who created the beloved aardvark Arthur.  This popular character was born one night over twenty years ago, when Brown was telling his oldest son, Tolon, a bedtime story.  Most of the stories he told were about animals, but that night the story just happened to be about an aardvark.  Brown has written and illustrated more than fifty Arthur and D.W. (Arthur's little sister) books since then.  He has also illustrated twelve other books with his wife--author, illustrator, and psychologist Laurie Krasny Brown.As a child, Marc Brown's passion for drawing was encouraged by his grandmother Thora, who saved his artwork in the bottom drawer of her bureau.  "I knew it must be special," recalls Brown, "because she didn't save many things."  His grandmother later provided an education fund that helped Brown pay for art school.  He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1964 to 1969.Grandma Thora is just one person in Marc Brown's life who has afforded the inspiration for one of his characters.  Many other characters are based on children he knew while he was growing up and going to school in Mill Creek, Pennsylvania.  His sisters--Bonnie, Colleen, and Kimberly--have all served as models for his characters D.W. and Francine.  Brown patterned Buster after Terry Johnson, his best friend in elementary school, while Mr. Ratburn is based on "the meanest algebra teacher ever."Brown was born in 1946 in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Before he created the Arthur series, he worked at a variety of jobs, including stints as a truck driver, short-order cook, college professor, soda jerk, actor, chicken farmer, and television art director.  Now, in addition to developing the Arthur television series on PBS, Brown continues to create new books both for Random House Children's Publishing and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Marc Brown lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Martha's Vineyard with Laurie and their young daughter, Eliza.  He also has two grown sons, Tolon and Tucker.  Brown looks to his three children for inspiration and story ideas.  He also gets many suggestions from children he meets in schools, libraries, and bookstores around the country.  "The most interesting--and the funniest--things," Brown says, "happen in real life.
 
Published September 9, 1996 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 12 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Two books take young readers on interactive tours of a typical neighborhood. A companion to Arthur Goes to School, Marc Brown's Arthur's Neighborhood features punch-out play figures that slip into slo

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who saves the day and underscores Brown's message that ``we can all help to make America great by helping others.'' Brown's attention to visual details provides much of the book's humor, and Arthur fans will delight in deciphering D.W.'s list of ideas about how to run the country.

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Brown's 16th adventure starring the affable aardvark has the bespectacled fellow take on his first babysitting job.

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Arthur's back, but he's not feeling so hot.

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The board book's liftable flaps reveal hidden creatures, and the final spread displays Arthur's snapshots from his travels, which children can complete with 26 A-Z animal stickers.

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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.

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Brown offers yet another Arthur adventure-his 20th-that entertainingly taps into a familiar childhood experience.

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announces that her brother's new puppy, Pal, is ``very naughty.'' But the task proves a bit more arduous than Arthur anticipates.

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A companion to Arthur Goes to School, Marc Brown's Arthur's Neighborhood features punch-out play figures that slip into slots in the pages, so they fit comfortably at a table, in a boat, on a rocking horse or into a pair of platform boots at the shoe store.

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