Yesterday at the DMA's Arts and Letters Live, I heard Marc Brown talk about his family, where he gets his story ideas, his books, and much more! He was so funny. It was a great afternoon!!
He showed us how he drew the original Arthur back in the 1970's.
Then he showed us how he draws Arthur now and talked about why Arthur's look has changed over the years.
I loved seeing pictures of his studio. These are his idea drawers. They are full of his thoughts for new stories!!
Who is his favorite character that he writes about?? D.W. of course!! Isn't she everyone's favorite!!
He has met several presidents and their wives thanks to his book Arthur Meets the President. He even has a goat named Hillary Clinton and the REAL Hillary Clinton has met his goat.
Many of the Arthur characters are based on his old classmates. He even used to wear a bowtie similar to the one Arthur often wears. Mr. Ratburn is based on his old teacher Mr. Rathbun and oh-oh.... the real Mr. Rathbun found out!! It all worked out though. Now Mr. Rathbun uses his fame as Mr. Ratburn to encourage kids to read.
Many celebrities have stopped by the Arthur television show on PBS. Can you guess who this celebrity is?
He read his new book If All the Animals Came Inside. I loved it! It is such a fun book! Perfect for a little creative writing about what else would happen.... if all the animals came inside!!
He finished with a shared reading of Farmyard Beat. What a great book to use when learning about farm animals, rhymes, onomatopoeia, and patterns in text. I love the ending when all of the animals fall asleep in a heap!! This book would be perfect for a reader's theater or a fun story to act out.
Three girls with autographed books by Marc Brown - My nieces Kylie (5) and Alexis (8) and my daughter Abby (8).
Now I am getting ready for Judy Blume Thursday night!! It is the 40th anniversary of Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing. I can't wait!