Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Marc Brown.
Arthur in a Pickle
Would Pal ever eat Arthur's homework? After Arthur tells his teacher that his dog ate his homework, he's told to report to the principal's office the next morning. But first Arthur must make it through a night of peculiar dreams! Children's concerns and fears are captured in the pickle Arthur finds himself in.
Before Arthur was a television series, he was the star of his own series of books. Children of all ages enjoy Arthur's everyday adventures at school, home, and camp. Younger children will enjoy picture books about the young aardvark, while a series of early chapter books are just right for the newly independent reader.
Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy
DW's plot to fool the tooth fairy doesn't work so Arthur, her brother of tooth-losing age, assumes a magical role himself. This easier-to-read book is just right for new readers and has stickers intended to reinforce vocabulary.
In Arthur's Nose, first grader Arthur decides that he doesn't like his nose. He goes to the rhinologist to change it, but ultimately decides, to the relief of his friends and family, "I'm just not me without my nose!"
Arthur: Anniversary Collection
Arthur's everyday world, both real and daydreamed, is presented through a lively narration of four books: Arthur's Mystery Envelope, Arthur Makes the Team, Arthur Accused!, and Arthur and the Lost Diary. Children and adults alike will recognize the concerns and the humor in these gentle sagas.
D.W. the Picky Eater
Arthur’s little sister, D.W., hates to eat many things, but most of all she hates spinach. When she joins the family for a special birthday dinner, D.W. is surprised that her delicious pot pie actually is made with – dread – spinach! Humor and wisdom abound in this engaging tale.
D.W.'s Library Card
Arthur's little sister, Dora Winifred (better known as D.W.) can hardly wait until she can write her entire name to get her very own library card. Once she does, however, D.W. worries so much about possibly damaging the book she borrowed that she cannot enjoy it. Arthur helps her understand that she can use and enjoy library books safely. Also available in Spanish.
D.W.'s Lost Blanket
What happened to D.W.'s blankie? Though Arthur and her dad try to help, it is D.W.'s mom who solves the mystery and saves D.W.'s day.
Dinosaurs Alive & Well! A Guide to Good Health
Lively green dinosaurs with human attributes provide useful information in this guide to wellness. The illustrations that accompany the engaging text create an understanding of overall physical and mental health.
Fingers creeping, creeping or snowflakes falling delight young children – especially when told in rhyme and dramatized with a caring adult. Familiar and less familiar ditties with directions for hand movement are presented in engaging illustration as well as rhymes.
Arthur and the other kids in Mr. Ratburn's class take a field trip to a Middle Ages fair where there's competitions and games from the period. Arthur and the others vie with students from another school to uphold their honor in this longer chapter book, which is just as satisfying as the Arthur picture books.
Marc Brown's Playtime Rhymes: A Treasury for Families to Learn and Play Together
Twenty familiar and some lesser-known rhymes are just right for sharing. Actions are shown in small pictograms that accompany each line. One fingerplay appears on each double page with gentle, idealized illustration for a collection perfect for sharing.
Good manners and proper behavior is stylish at all times in all places. Nattily dressed pigs demonstrate etiquette and appropriate conduct in a variety of places – from around the house to public places and everything in between – in this lighthearted look at manners.
Scared Silly! A Book for the Brave
This collection of spooky stories and poems by well known writers such as Ogden Nash, Jack Prelutsky, and Jane Yolen has been illustrated with wit and verve in Marc Brown's signature style. The effect is to provide young readers with slight shivers along with chuckles.
Visiting the Art Museum
Enjoy Van Gogh, Picasso, primitive and contemporary art, sculpture, and more with a boy, a girl, and their family as they visit an art museum. Reproductions and original artwork combine in this attractive and engaging introduction to visiting a gallery or museum.
Books illustrated by Marc Brown
Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young
What better way to introduce children to things fantastic or real than through these 200 short poems? Engagingly illustrated, this classic book features a variety of rhymes both old and new.
Ten Tiny Toes
It's hard to resist babies and baby toes which are "a hundred times sweeter than one could suppose." A sweet, rhyming homage to babies, families, and a lifetime of affection is presented here with textured, softly colored illustrations.
The Banza: A Haitian Story
Vivid colors depict the Haitian setting for a tale in which a goat uses the banza, a banjo, given to him by a tiger, for protection in an unforeseen way. The traditional tale is retold in a way ideal for sharing aloud, and is complemented by expressive illustrations.
Wild About Books
Molly, the bookmobile librarian, finds a new batch of readers and writers when she accidentally drives into the zoo. "In a flash, every beast in the zoo was stampeding/To learn all about this new something called reading." Lively and appealing illustrations show the fun Molly and the animals have as they build the Zoobrary. Also available in Spanish.
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