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Who wants Arthur? (A Quality time book) Hardcover – January 1, 1987


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  • Series: A Quality time book
  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: G. Stevens Pub; North American ed edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155532178X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555321789
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 7, 2001
Format: Library Binding
This story really touched my heart in the end, when Arthur thought he was never going to ever going to be a pet of anybody, then all of a sudden a little girl comes and takes him. I'm sure that really felt good for that dog. This story is funny in some ways when he trys to act like another animal. That has a lotta laughs in it. This is a good story to a person who thinks they will never get accepted by anybody, because you know that someday you will always be accepted. Great story!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eytan M. Rodin (eytan@iqtech.com) on September 4, 1998
Format: Library Binding
Arthur is a plain brown dog in a pet shop who sees pets of various kinds being purchased each day. When he sees several of a certain kind of pet purchased each day, he practices trying to be the type of pet that is in demand in the evenings after the store is closed, but each time, the following morning customers seem to be interested in a different kind of pet than what he has been emulating. Finally, someone comes in looking for a plain brown dog, and he realizes that he just needs to be himself. Just by being himself, and waiting patiently, he finds that someone wants him.
There are many people who go through life doing the same sort of thing as Arthur, but unfortunately, many of them never realize that they only need to act naturally for others to accept them. I think that there is a lesson in this story that people of every age can learn.
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By Dickson.152 on April 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book arrived promptly and in great condition! The price was low! Overall I couldn't be happier! This was my favorite book as a child and now my daughter can enjoy it as well.
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Amanda Graham has teamed up here with Donna Gynell, an illustrator, to bring us a down right hilarious, but at the same time rather whimsical story of a plain brown dog who wants nothing more than a loving home and a pair of old slippers to chew.

Arthur the plain brown dog (who, as dogs go, is no raving beauty, and in fact is a bit on the ugly side), is living in Mrs. Humber's Pet Shop with a lot of other animals. Each day Arthur is placed in the window with the other animals and waits; he only wants a home and slippers to chew. Each day all the other animals are sold, rabbits, snakes, fish, the list goes one. Each day all the other animals find homes but Arthur is left.

Being at his wits end, Arthur, a rather creative dog, decides if rabbits are what people want, then he will become like a rabbit and stays up all night practicing. Many carrots later and after much wiggling his nose and ears, the plane brown dogs finds it is all for naught. He tries being a snake and then a fish; still with no luck. Arthur would be willing to try being a purple, spotted, three-headed donkey, if he thought it would work. No one seems to want just a plane brown dog.

Now I take great care in not adding spoilers to my reviews, so I will stop at this point!

The art work is this particular work is appealing to the extreme. It is in fact hilarious. The expressions on Arthur's face, the antics of the other animals that the illustrator has hidden here and there throughout the book make this one a visual pleasure for both young and old alike. The story is funny, sweet and quite well done. Kids love this book; both the plot and the art.

This one is only 30 pages long and is quite suitable for children ages 4 through 8.
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