Arthur has no friends until he meets Charles, a talking worm, in the park, but Bill, the town bully, tries to put an end to their friendship
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-- "Charming" hardly begins to describe this briefly-told picture book story. Arthur, a proper but lonely gentleman, is befriended by a cheerful talking worm named Charles. Arthur has Charles outfitted in spiffy custom-made overalls, and the two become constant companions, to the delight and amazement of all they meet. Appealing illustrations, in which Charles sports big eyes and a happy grin atop an abbreviated body, follow the text closely; the tailor falls off his chair in surprise, and children stand in a serpentine line to play with the little fellow. The snake in this Eden is Bill the Bully, who meanly puts up "No worms allowed" signs all over. The local children kick him out of town--the illustration shows Bill rocketing away over the rooftops. Readers looking for dramatic tension, domestic crises, or social problem-solving won't find any in this affectionate tale; they will find plenty of warmth and cheer. --John Peters, New York Public Library
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Despite its whimsical premise, several funny scenes and consistently engaging illustrations, this tale of an unlikely friendshipbetween man and wormnever really takes off. It begins when Arthur, a friendless but likable fellow, literally stumbles across a talking worm in the park. He takes him home, names him Charles and takes him to a tailor to be properly outfitted. Charles proves a double blessing, becoming not just a friend for Arthur but a catalyst for the making of additional friends among children who are captivated by the unusual duo. In a hurried and tacked-on denouement, the friendship (and the worm) are threatened by a bully, whom the children dispatch posthastea flat finale to elements that seemed to herald greater hijinks and hilarity. Ages 3-up.
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Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Cecilia Torudd (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M912959068X