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Arthur's Perfect Christmas Hardcover – October, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 160L (What's this?)
  • Series: Arthur Adventure Series
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316119687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316119689
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Ages 4-8. This book accompanies the PBS prime-time holiday special by the same name; hopefully, the action will make more sense on screen than it does on the page. There are several stories going on here. Arthur is hoping for a perfect Christmas, but everything is working against it: there's no snow; Dad is making a Middle Eastern meal instead of roasting a turkey; and Arthur picks out the perfect present for his mom and then breaks it. Then there are the subplots, which continue every few pages or so and make the narrative difficult to follow. In one rather bizarre subplot, Buster's mother keeps waking him up and giving him presents because she thinks his Christmas will be ruined without his dad, from whom she's divorced. In another, Muffy is rude when Francine chooses to stay home at Hanukkah rather than come to a Christmas party. All in all, this is a jumble, but some libraries will want to have the book on hand when the special airs. For die-hard fans. Ilene Cooper
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"Brown's charming cartoons add a bright, detail-rich view of the familiar characters..." -- School Library Journal, 10/00

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Marc Brown's Arthur is very popular with young people. It is usually well written. However, I found Arthur's Christmas lacking. I thought at first a page was missing. The story did not flow well and felt like he was trying to cram everything about the winter holiday season into a 32 page book. I found it much too busy. It seemed rushed and not well thought out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. E. Fleming on December 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Despite the useful lesson that Americans enjoy the holiday season differently, the true gem of this story is the soothing way things can work out, even when they are not going the way you had hoped. ARTHUR'S PERFECT CHRISTMAS is really a story about how all of us get wound up for this time of the year, fantasize about it and become crushed when it's not so picture perfect. Our children, ages 8 and almost 4, shuddered when Arthur accidently broke the beautiful gift he had chosen for his mom--only to be buoyed by his Uncle's surprise gesture. They also watched intently as the typically spoiled Muffy finds that despite having received many Christmas gifts, what she wants most is a resurrection of her fractured friendship with Francine.
This story spends much energy on getting kids to understand that different families celebrate the holiday in different ways, from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa. Because Arthur fans never knew before that Arthur was a Christian, Francine a Jew and the Brain an African-American, it at first seems "stretched-to-fit", a little forced. The lesson, however, is invaluable because human beings even in similiar faiths and cultures do not necessarily celebrate in similiar ways. While this is an vital lesson of its own, it is ultimately trumped by one that all us can recognize and share, that is friendship and compassion towards others can prevail. It can make any holiday disappointment seem "perfect."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Virtue on January 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It's clear that the book is an attempt to fit a whole TV special into a book. It's done poorly, and there even are characters who appear without explaination in the last few pages! I'd skip this book and buy others from the Arthur series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By azmom on January 29, 2012
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my 3 year old is the biggest arthur fan and we have way too many of the books. we bought him this book for christmas and i was so disappointed in the way it was written. it jumps from character to character and there isn't a very good plot. why can't christmas be christmas, i felt that marc brown spent way to much time trying to cram every other winter holiday into a christmas book that he missed the "marc"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrbeveridgesmaggot on June 20, 2013
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This book is a lot of fun to read, the pictures are colorfully drawn and the story line is basically the same as the TV show. My kids take along time reading this book because of the detail in the pictures. Yes, I would recommend this book.
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Format: Paperback
It's three days until Christmas, and Arthur doesn't see how he could possibly be happy. For one, there's no snow, and you can't possibly have a perfect Christmas without snowmen, snow angels, and snowflakes falling from the sky. Two, his Father has decided to cook a Middle Eastern meal, instead of the traditional turkey dinner that almost everyone eats on Christmas. And three, the wonderful present he bought for his Mother is now broken, all because Arthur was too careless when bringing it downstairs. Now, the one holiday that's supposed to be perfect, is going down in flames, and Arthur can't do anything to stop it.

I have never seen the ARTHUR'S PERFECT CHRISTMAS television special on PBS, but I found that the book was quite enjoyable. Especially for those who want their children to learn about Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, as there are mentions of all of these holidays wrapped up in this short holiday story. Filled with lovely illustrations, this book is sure to capture everyone's heart around the holidays. A must-have!

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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