From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?Arthur, a little man in a checkered cap, sits in a train station waiting for someone to come and visit him until he decides, one day, to take the train to other stations, where he finds many other lonely people ("enough passengers to fill a small town"). They all have a party, and make plans to visit one another. Slawski's large, colorful, sketchy cartoons of a multicultural crowd have a definite John Burningham flavor, but the brief story line lacks the humor and detail that are an integral part of that author/illustrator's books. Considering the large number of well-written, exciting, humorous, sensitive, readable picture books for preschoolers that deal with making friends, this one is not worth purchasing.?Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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From Kirkus Reviews
Arthur hangs out at the local train station, observing the throngs, waiting for someone to come visit him. No one comes, ever. Wrong station, Arthur concludes, so he hops a train to the next station down the line, only to find a man as hapless as he is, also waiting for a visitor. Together they ride the rails in search of a station where someone will come to visit them. Never happens. Instead, the two find at every station more people waiting for their own Godots. They all join the quest, journeying from station to station, until their numbers equal the population of a small town. At the last stop, after all the stations have been tried, Arthur has a brainstorm. Since they're all friends now, they can visit each other. If the rumpled, frumpy Arthur can find a soulmate or two, Slawski's first book implies, anyone can. In the scratchy lines of the illustrations, the gawky postures of the participants, arresting perspectives of train stations and cities, and festiveness of the gathering crowds is a story that is utterly fetching. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.