When I Was Five by Arthur Howard

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When Jeremy was five he wanted to be an astronaut or a cowboy--or both. And he had a best friend named Mark. But now he's six and wants to be a major-league baseball player or a deep-sea diver. Jeremy knows things change as you grow up, but some things just might stay the same--like your best friend. "Teachers looking for stories on friends to read to kindergarten and first-grade classes will request this picture book year after year."--Booklist

About Arthur Howard

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Arthur Howard created the lively illustrations for all of the Mr. Putter & Tabby books and has written and illustrated several picture books of his own. He lives in New York City.
Published April 1, 1996 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He still has a best friend, Mark: ``Some things never change.'' In his first children's-book solo, Howard (illustrator of Cynthia Rylant's Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears, 1995, etc.) captures an authentically childlike view of growing up.

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A similar case of mistaken identity has also dogged Buten's novel for 19 years: in 1981 a small, now out-of-print edition of this book was published in the U.S. under the title Burt and was mistakenly billed as a young adult title, receiving little attention.

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Looking back from the vantage point of a six-year-old, a boy recalls his favorite things--all of which have changed, except his best friend.

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Austin Chronicle

In When I Was Five I Killed Myself (first published in 1981 as Burt, now re-released after becoming a classic in France), Buten seems to be studying not only a character, but some part of himself as well, in the young, precocious figure of Burton Rembrandt.

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