Arthur's Teacher Trouble

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Arthur's Teacher Trouble
Author Marc Brown
Country United States
Language English
Series Arthur
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 30
ISBN 978-0-87113-091-4
OCLC 13185290
Preceded by Arthur's Tooth
Followed by Arthur's Baby

Arthur's Teacher Trouble is a book in the Arthur series, released in 1986.[1] It was written by Marc Brown and published by Atlantic Monthly Press.[2]


Arthur's class gets a teacher named Mr. Ratburn at school. The next day, they would see him at school, Prunella warns Arthur and his friends about Mr. Ratburn. Then Binky Barnes warnes that he would send Arthur on death row in jail. Chris knews which Arthur thinks his teacher was a scary vampire with magical powers. Before they were leaving, The principal approached from his office with a big trophy and Arthur's class was ready to go to the September Spellathon on the Twenty-Fifth, Arthur came home while his Mother was making cookies for dinner, But Arthur doesn't even have time for cookies and his sister, D.W. will be able to eat a cookie and at least, Arthur will have one cookie. After dinner, Arthur was busy making a Map of Africa and D.W. knew that it looks like a pepperoni pizza, instead. Next year, D.W. would be in kindergarten and she will not have any homework and Arthur calls his Mom like this "MOM!" and it was time bed, The next morning, Arthur returned to school and Mr. Ratburn needs his class to studied very, very hard and before it was one-hundred words until they'll be ready at the Spellathon in two weeks, Arthur's class studied harder than ever, Francine reads a book called "Spelling Tricks and Tips" and drinking a soda called Soda Plum and gets the hiccups, Buster picks out a good-luck charm, Muffy played the computer and looks for a game. But then, The Brain took a nap on top of these books on the desk. At home, D.W. gives Arthur some more words to study. At Friday Afternoon, Arthur should smell Miss Sweetwater's Class making some popcorn for lunch. He could almost hear Miss Fink's class having a field trip and heading for the aquarium. And He whispers to his best friend, Francine, During lunch, Mr. Ratburn brought a Fruit basket from Miss Sweetwater's Class and would helped anyone study the words until they were ready for the Spellathon in two weeks, Francine hiccuped, Muffy smiles and Buster pats his good-luck charm on his shirt. Mr. Ratburn clears his throat and their class representatives for the Spellathon will be Arthur and the Brain. Muffy was such a grouch and tries to grab the list and He gives Arthur and the Brain a list of a hundred words and started to study. At home, Arthur's family helped him study and D.W. can play with Francine and Buster when they came over at Arthur's House. At the Spellathon, Arthur and his family with Grandma Thora are finally here and D.W. suggests Arthur's family to have Peace and Quiet. In the Garage Stage, Arthur and the Brain went Backstage and hears the whole school in the Auditorium and Mr. Ratburn's smarter than his class, The Brain feels fine and Arthur gulps and wish He was back in bed soon, The kids sits in the chairs, The Brain is first, and spells "Fear" like this "F-E-R-E" and the principal said "I'm sorry, that's incorrect". The Brain disappeared like a ghost, The children from Miss Sweetwater's and Miss Fink's class were gone in a flash, forever. Before long, Only Arthur and Prunella were left, Prunella had a turn and spells "Preparation" like this, "P-R-E-P", then she paused and continued herself "E-R-A-T-I-O-N" and that was incorrect, Then it Arthur's turn to spell it and he looks down over the audience and takes a deep breath and spell it like this "P-R-E-P-A-R-A-T-I-O-N" and that was correct and everyone in Mr. Ratburn's class cheered. Arthur wins the big trophy at the Spellathon and Mr. Ratburn came to the microphone announces that he had loved teaching third grade, But he always looked forward to a new challenge Teaching Kindergarten, At this announcement, D.W. faints herself in her chair.


Computer game[edit]

Box cover of the computer game

The book was adapted into a computer game by Living Books in 1993,[3] and later turned into an app in 2012.[4] It is the first of five Arthur books to be adapted into a computer game, and the second game released from the Living Books series.[5][6] Unlike the television series, which separated the original book into two mini-episodes, the game keeps the story as one.

Television episodes[edit]

The title was also adapted into two television episodes in the Arthur TV Series. They were titled as "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn" and "Arthur's Spelling Trubble." The episodes aired together, on September 9, 1996. VHS releases of "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn" change the title card to "Arthur's Teacher Trouble" to reference the original book.


Initial critical reception for the book was mostly positive, with the Living Books adaptation being particularly praised.[3][7][8][9] Later critical reviews expressed concern over the media effects of the book, with David Wray stating in Literacy: Major Themes in Education that much of the effects were "incongruent to the story".[10] Matt Jackson of the Children's Literature Association commented that the Living Book software's features gave off the impression that "passivity is bad" questioned the product's packaging phrasing of "Children don't just read them. They live them.", in that it inferred that books were inferior to CD-Roms.[11]

Jackson also criticized the book's usage of stereotypes, such as Arthur's teacher Mr. Ratburn being a "stereotypical male teacher—a mean disciplinarian, a student's worst fear".[11] Ann Trousdale also criticized the stereotyping of Ratburn, writing that he "dominates and oppresses his students" and almost a caricature.[12]


  1. ^ Children's Literature Association Quarterly. 1996. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Brown, Kathleen J. (December 1999). "What Kind of Text: For Whom and When? Textual Scaffolding for Beginning Readers". The Reading Teacher 53 (4): 292–307. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Forging Ahead or Fit to be Smashed?". Computer Gaming World. 1993-04. p. 24. Retrieved 6 July 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "The Living Books Series Returns as Storybook Apps". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Smith, Geoff. "`Arthur's Teacher' entertains kids". Boston Herald. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Trying Out Digital Storybooks With a 4-Year-Old, Part 3: Arthur Reads Series". Wired. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Horn Book Magazine Volume LXXIII: January–December 1997, p 224". Horn Book. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Oldenburg, Don. "Computers; Plugging In For a Fun Read". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "SCHOOL KIDS CAN RELATE TO THE BELLS AND BOOKS IN `TEACHER TROUBLE'". Deseret News. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Wray, David (2004). Literacy: Major Themes in Education, Volume 4. Routledge. pp. 147–150. ISBN 0415277124. 
  11. ^ a b Jackson, Matt (Spring 1997). "The Troubling Lessons of Arthur's Teacher Trouble: Old Stereotypes in a New Commodity". Children's Literature Association Quarterly 22 (1): 30–36. doi:10.1353/chq.0.1194. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Trousdale, Ann (Spring 1992). "Why Is This Teacher Smiling? Portrayals of Teachers in Picture Books for Young Children". Feminist Teacher 6 (3): 25–31.