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Arthur's TV Trouble (Arthur Adventure Series) (Arthur Adventure Series)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  441 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
When Arthur sees the advertisement for the amazing doggy Treat Timer, he knows it's the perfect gift for Pal. He sets out to earn the money to buy it, daydreaming of riches and of Pal's reaction when he sees the Treat Timer for the first time. Everything seems to be working out, too -- until a big gust of wind nearly blows Arthur's dreams of luxury away!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Little, Brown Children (first published 1995)
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Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 9/12/11 -

A really clear message is sent with this story and it's definitely one that kids need to learn sooner rather than later. It's really simple really, Arthur sees a commercial while watching cartoons and realizes that his pet needs this product. He asks his parents for the money and when they say no he starts trying other things. He looks for money wherever he can and finds a job for a neighbor. The job he does turns out to be a lot harder than he thought but in the en
Feb 16, 2013 Allison rated it really liked it
This book is about Arthur and the commercial he saw on TV for a dog treat timer that he was convinced his dog Pal, would love. Since he didn't have enough money yet, he had to find ways to get the money. First he collected change on his way home from school and then his neighbor asked him to clean the newspaper out of his garage. He is offered a quarter for every cluster which he calculates is enough to get the timer. When he finally can buy it he is upset that it ends up not working. This book ...more
Marissa Reyes
The book Arthurs TV Trouble by Marc Brown was a well written text with child based illustrations. The fact the book is a play off of the children's television show, just in the form of the written word, makes it easier to have the children follow along since they already know what is going to happen next. So instead of watching the show they have the chance to visualize what is being said as they read it aloud. This text also has a great way of exemplifying how naïve children can be when dealin ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book from the Arthur series. Arthur sees a commercial for a product called a Treat Timer, and decides that he must have it for his dog, Pal. After working very hard to earn the money, Arthur finds out that the Treat Timer--and commercials--are not all that they are cracked up to be.

Kids (and adults!) love Arthur because he is just a normal kid with common problems. Children can identify with Arthur, and love to read his adventures. Brown is so skilled at crafting plots that c
I used to really like this series as a kid, but this was not one of the better installments, at least in my opinion. My biggest gripe is that the title is misleading, actually. The main conflict in the book actually involves TV only tangentially, and I get the feeling the title was picked more for its alliterative value than for its value as a description of the plot. Normally, I don't gripe about titles too much, as different people have different styles for picking them, but I know Brown's sty ...more
Madeline Voight
Feb 13, 2012 Madeline Voight rated it liked it
This book does a great job at teaching the young readers about the value of a dollar. Arthur is convinced by an infomercial to buy a "Treat Timer" but does not have enough money. He counts all of his birthday, asks his parents for a loan and finally discovers an odd job in the neighborhood. This job proves to be much more difficult than he had originally planned. He finally earned enough money to purchase the "Treat Timer" only to find that it was much smaller than it was on the commercial and i ...more
Brooklyn Schamens
I used to watch Arthur all of the time as a kid. This book was about how Arthur saw an ad on T.V about a Treat Timer for a dog. Arthur thought it would be perfect for his dog, but the only problem was that he did not have enough money. Arthur's sister, mother, and father couldn't help him buy it, so he had to go around town looking for a job. His neighbor offered Arthur twelve dollars to help carry newspapers out of his garage. Arthur then had enough money to buy the Treat Timer, but it ended up ...more
Grade Levels: 1-3
* Integrates literacy and mathematics by including the concept of money and trading/buying and selling in this book inspired by a popular television series via PBS Kids; a great reading center/class library book for young students; have students read this story in a reading center as a group and create and write about an item/invention that they would like to sell.
Rosa Cline
Aug 11, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
In this story Arthur learns the lesson of not everything you see on tv is what it appears to be. He sees a dog treat machine that he feels that he 'has' to have. So he works and saves his money for it and finally gets it but it's not what the commercial says. Helps teach children that commercials aren't always good things.
Kristen Lindsay
Integrates literacy and mathematics by including the concept of money and trading/buying and selling in this book inspired by a popular television series via PBS Kids; a great reading center/class library book for young students; have students read this story in a reading center as a group and create and write about an item/invention that they would like to sell.
Rachel Otting
Arthur sees an ad on television for a machine that dispenses dog treats but he doesn't have enough money for it. He gets a job cleaning out Mr. Sipple's garage and earns enough money. The machine goes haywire but all sales are final. Arthur sees another ad for a disappearing magic box and visions D.W. in it.
Jun 03, 2016 Blake rated it liked it
This book could be helpful for teaching lessons about earning money to buy something that you want. Also, for teaching children to beware of the ads that they hear on television. The thing advertised may not be as great as the ad promises. That said, though I liked the book, I don't like it enough to want to buy it.
Oct 28, 2010 Carman rated it really liked it
From a commercial, Arthur sees something that he must have. He works hard to earn the money to get it, but it doesn't seem to be worth it once he sees it. Arthur learns that sometimes things look way better on TV than in real life. Many Arthur books have lessons or morals to them. I think they would be great additions to a class library.
Christina Macleod
The Arthur books are wonderful, and they teach so many great lessons to children. I enjoyed this book because it teaches children about impulsivity and the concept that, "Things aren't always what they seem." The cover is very eye-catching, and expertly illustrated.
As a huge fan of the television series, I was greatly disappointed at the lazy and sub-par writing of the books. The illustrations are very poorly done as well (especially if you have older editions of the books). Not good. just watch the show; it's on at seven on PBS every morning.
Crystal Jackson
Jul 15, 2014 Crystal Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I remember watching the TV series when I was younger. I think children would enjoy reading or hearing a read aloud of Arthur books because most of them probably watch the show. They can learn from this book the importance of working for something you really want.
Jun 12, 2011 Gail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Why oh why does my 3.5 year old like Arthur so much? Had to read this book many times, and I'm not even sure she knows what a commercial is.
Aug 12, 2011 Theresa rated it liked it
Shelves: review
good early reader, using text to relate to the television show many of the stories hae been repeated in the show.
May 02, 2015 Nicki rated it really liked it
It is a poorly named booked. I thought it would be about watching too much TV, but it is really about commercials, cheap products and working to earn money.
May 05, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-book
In this book, Arthur gets sucked in by an infomercial and he goes through a series of steps to try to obtain on. Used this book in a Marc Brown Auhtor study in my 2nd grade class.
Casey Trump
Arthur works hard in this book to reach a specific outcome. He wants money to buy something special, so he earns it by working for it. You can use this book to teach about hard work paying off.
Nov 16, 2011 Patty rated it liked it
Shelves: children-picture
While watching TV, Arthur sees a commercial for a dog treat machine. Naturally, he just has to buy it for Pal.
Deborah Harris
Dec 27, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
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AR Quiz No. 16972 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, RV, VP
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Marc Tolon Brown is perhaps best known for his Arthur series of children's books.

He lives on Martha's Vineyard and in New York City with his wife, Laurie Krasny Brown. He has three children, sons Tolon and Tucker, and daughter Eliza. The names of his two sons have been hidden in all of the Arthur books except for one: Arthur's Tooth.
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