Arthur's Teacher Trouble

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Arthur's Teacher Trouble
Arthurcover.jpg
Author Marc Brown
Country United States
Language English
Series Arthur
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication date
1986
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]

Plot[edit]

Arthur and his friends are having the world's amazing Teacher of all time is Mr. Ratburn, When the first Day of school was over, the bell rangs and the students filled in alphabetical order from Room 13. Arthur then worries and talks to his friends That he couldn't even believe That his Teacher gave him and his friends some homework for the first Day, Then Prunella spokens to him That he had the rat last year and feels very so for him. Then Binky barnes told Arthur to make One wrong Old Move and his Teacher puts him on death row. Then Chris believes That he's really just a vampire with lots of magical powers, Before Arthur and the Children are ready to leave, The principal, Mr. Haine came out from his office and brought a Big trophy and asks everybody for the September Spellathon. Then the crowed cheers laúd by saying "YES!". Then Prunella asks everyone to win This year. Then Francine whispers nothing That he can actully Help about it. That afternoon Tell Evening, Arthur's Mother: Jane was making for Dinner every week When Arthur came home from school after Salms the back door. Then Mother asks how school was, Then Arthur grumbles That he got the scriptist Teacher in the world. Then his Mother told him to have a chocolate chip cookie. Arthur would like to have a cookie, But he doesn't have time to eat One. Then his Little sister, D.W. sha'll he his and has no homework. Then Arthur told Her That she doesn't really go to school at all. Then D.W. Knows. After Dinner That Evening, Arthur was doing his homework making a map of Africa. Arthur tells D.W. That it was a map of Africa. Then D.W. believes That it looks just like a pepperoni pizza. Then D.W. told her that next year she would not have any homework cause Miss Meeker isn't giving it. Then Arthur calls his Mother like "MOM!" That his Sister was Being such a pest. Then his Mother told him that it was almost time for bed. By the next morning, Mr. Ratburn told Arthur's class That they would study so hard and easy Then ever and they will be a few words At the school Spellathon. Every week, Arthur's class studied harder than ever. Francine was reading Book called "Spelling Trickd and Tips" while drinking plum soda and wearing her movie star glasses. Muddy was busy doing work on the computer finding games, Buster was picking out a good luck charm. Then the Brain was taking a nap on top of the books. One Thursday, Arthur was in his treehouse spending a lot of good time looking for some quiet places to study, though. On Friday, It was time for the best test, Arthur and his friends are busy spelling words, Once Arthur thought his ideas, He could hear Miss Sweatwater's Class making some popcorn. Then he could hear Miss Fink's Class having a field trip to the aquarium. Then whispers[citation needed]

Adaptations[edit]

Computer game[edit]

Box cover of the computer game

The book was adapted into a computer game by Living Books in October 18, 1996,[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.

Reception[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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. April 1993. p. 24. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  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" (PDF). 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.