Synopses & Reviews
No one knows what Arthurs funny-looking costume represents, but even his school principal calls it a winner! ‘Arthurs frustrations and hassles ring true, and kids will enjoy the constantly changing costumes. Hobans expressive chimp faces catch the nuances of feeling, and the soft colors catch the action wonderfully well. —SLJ.
It is Halloween morning. Arthur is dressed up as a ghost for the school party. Then he spills ketchup on his costume, and that's just the beginning. Now Arthur has a crazy costume that nobody can figure out- until Wilma's big sister comes up with the most original idea.
About the Author
Lillian Hoban's books for children have been working magic for nearly thirty years. Her illustrations can help change an unfamiliar setting-like a museum filled with dinosaurs and whales-into a wondrous adventure, and her words and pictures together can transform chimpanzees and badgers into very real companions for the youngest reader.
Ms. Hoban was born and raised in Philadelphia. Among the first books she illustrated were the ever-popular "Frances" books, and several years later she wrote and illustrated Arthur's Christmas Cookies, thereby ushering in her beloved 'Arthur" series.
In 1967 Ms. Hoban was asked to illustrate Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen. It was the beginning of an enormously popular collaboration that produced more that a dozen books about Jim, Paul, Danny, Anna Maria, and the rest of the first-grade classcharacters as familiar to children as their own classmates.
Perhaps the key to the unfailing popularity of Ms. Hoban's stories and illustrations is that she's long been a keen observer of children, having had firsthand experience raising four of her own.
Lillian Hoban lives in Connecticut.