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It kinda makes you want to say “Hey (HEY!) what a wonderful kind of day” … when the creator of one of your favorite children’s characters releases a new book. That’s right: Arthur the aardvark may be leaving TV next month after 25 years, but creator Marc Brown is capping off the show’s quarter-century run with a delightful book called Believe in Yourself: What We Learned from Arthur that’s being hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “a sweet ode to a ’90s favorite.”
We grew up with Arthur. Our kids have grown up with Arthur. And he has imparted more nuggets of wisdom into our childhood brains than … well, any other aardvark we know. The show has never shied away from difficult topics, from cancer to economic disparities to single parenting (and dating!) and same-sex marriage.
“The characters in his world are never perfect,” Brown says of Arthur in a video released by the book’s publisher Little, Brown and Company Young Readers. “They make mistakes, they get into trouble, they fight with their friends … they show you that you can learn from your mistakes and become a better person.”
Marc Brown’s new book, available on Amazon
starting today, features over 60 pieces of brand new artwork — and a collection of some of the best Arthur moments, as well as life lessons that serve as a great teacher (or reminder) of the value in working together, believing in ourselves, and spreading joy.
“If you want to save the world, start with small acts of kindness,” says one page in the book, alongside an illustration of Arthur tucking little sister D.W. into bed.
Though Believe in Yourself: What We Learned from Arthur is listed as being for kids ages four through eight, it’s the kind of book that’s perfect for an Arthur fan of any age; the publisher adds that it’s a “collection of life lessons perfect for graduations and other milestones.”
We don’t need an occasion, though — the nostalgia factor alone is enough to make us hit “add to cart.”