Arthur and the 1,001 Dads: A Marc Brown Arthur Chapter Book 28 (Arthur Chapter Books) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2003/5/1
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It's time for the annual Father's Day picnic, and Arthur is worried about Buster. Ever since Buster's parents got divorced, his father hasn't been able to come to the picnic. Will Arthur and his friends be able to give Buster a happy Father's Day? Illustrations.
Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also illustrated many other books for children, including Ten Tiny Toes and If All the Animals Came Inside. Marc lives with his family in Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.
Arthur and his friends are stumped about how to help Buster, until they decide to seize upon an idea of D.W.'s that Arthur had previously considered rather dopey. If Buster's own father can't attend the picnic, they'll get him a replacement father, just for that day. This leads to a series of comic misadventures in which they try to find father-substitutes for Buster. Meanwhile, Buster grows more and more irritated at their attempts, as he's told them repeatedly that he has plans, but they just don't listen, especially Arthur.
The following may be slightly spoilerish, but really doesn't give away too much:
There are a few differences between this story and what's shown on TV, but nothing that hurts the story in any way. They mainly revolve around the things that Arthur and his friends try in getting Buster a replacement Dad. In the TV show, the Arthur gang attempts to get Pickles the clown to be Buster's temporary Dad. In the book, they consider the clown idea, but discard it because they feel it would make Buster stick out. Also, in the TV show, the Brain builds the LLAF (life-like automated father) out of parts from the cat he used to trick "Buster - Cat Saver" in a previous episode. In the book, it's called RALF (clever, could be pronounced like "Ralph") and although Buster mentions he built it from a project he was working on, there is no direct-reference to Cat Saver.
Overall, another great Arthur TV storybook offering from Stephen Krensky. Serious and poignant at times, but also with much of the show’s trademark humor.