Arthur proves his resourcefulness when babysitting the terrible Tibble twins.
Arthur agrees to baby sit the terrible Tibble twins. However, his experiences with DW, plus all the negative comments of others who have sat the twins, make him nervous. Sure enough, they are terrible, but after several ideas fail he finds one that works. To DW's dismay he suggests she help him next time. Arthur Babysits shows independence and resourcefulness as practical virtues.
At Arthur's backyard sleepover, he and friends deal with a prank based on their unfounded fear of 'aliens'.
Brain and Buster have a sleepover in Arthur's family tent. Meanwhile, the town is a-buzz with talk of an alien sighting. The nervous trio has typical sleepover fun, but several normal things frighten them. Then one scare proves to be contrived. They enact a fitting revenge on DW. Marc Brown creates fun with a little suspense, while setting a good attitude for kid sleepovers.
To keep his puppy, Arthur knows he must train him, and does.
Unfortunately the new puppy makes a terrible mess of Arthur's home. Arthur is only allowed to keep "Pal" if he can train him quickly and well. This typical Arthur story shows him succeeding because he works at correcting his mistakes.
Arthur's original story for Rathburn's class proves much better than the one that used everyone else's 'good ideas',
Arthur's homework is to write a story. DW says the story of how he got Pal was boring. So Arthur tries to adopt everyone else's best parts. In the end his class presentation is ridiculous. Mr. Ratburn asks for the original story, which turns out to be the best. Unfortunately it is not clear that Arthur's second handedness was the problem.
D.W. shows a disbelieving Arthur that she actually can read the words on many street signs.
Arthur's Reading Race is an excellent sticker book for beginning readers. Arthur challenges D.W. to prove that she can read. Walking through town D.W. spots words on signs (which are shown in the illustrations). The accompanying text has certain words highlighted in blue, each identifying the sticker picture that the young reader can place by the word. This is a great activity book for interest, and for learning.
DW realizes, after all sorts of poor behavior, that she cannot reject food before trying it.
D.W. 'discovers' she doesn't like all sorts of foods, with spinach being the worst. She threw a tantrum at a restaurant when she found spinach in her salad, so her parents refused to bring her out to eat. She agreed to behave for Grandma Thora's birthday, and chose quite the surprise dinner! This story makes a small point about narrow judgments —and might be useful for parents of a picky eater.
Arthur develops a strategy of April Fools tricks to deal with Binky Barne's threatening behavior.
Binky Barnes has been threatening to punch-out Arthur, and has swiped Arthur's favorite pen. At the April Fools Day 'tricks' show on the school stage, Binky rises to sabotage Arthur's presentation. Arthur has an idea to get rid of him. Unfortunately we do not see Arthur prepare to 'magically' saw Binky in half. Still, the idea sends Binky running... Arthur even tricks Binky to get his pen back too. Nastiness is suitably laughed at.
Arthur is teased for having all his baby teeth, and feels unaccepted until the dentist and Francine help.
All his classmates have lost at least on baby tooth, but not Arthur. Even his loose one has been hanging on ‘forever’. Everyone he knows seems to be growing up, and they make sure he feels he isn’t. Even the dentist’s assurances don’t help as much as Francine’s accidental move. Marc Brown shows young readers that such minor abnormalities pass, but treats Arthur’s insecurity as normal, rather than unnecessary.
D.W. learns not to be amused by another's misfortune when Arthur's chicken pox might prevent him from going to the circus with his family.
The circus is coming and Arthur isn't well. As he breaks out with chicken pox, D.W. becomes envious of the attention he gets. She puts on 'Chicken Pox' make-up, to trick Grandma Thora. Thora 'soothes' DW with bath! To Arthur's frustration, D.W. gleefully invites a friend to use Arthur's ticket ...but, will D.W. get away with that? This story will help children understand chicken pox; the less interesting Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox offers more information.