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.
A remake of the rhyme "No more Monkeys Jumping on the Bed", that puts a young boy in charge of his monsters.
Tedd Arnold's positive perspective wins again. Conspiratorial humor is a great way to prevent or undo irrational fears: monsters are jumping on the bed, and one by one they bump their head. After five calls to the doctor, our little boy shouts, "NO MORE MONSTERS JUMPING ON THE BED." Children are shown that by refusing to take them seriously the monsters can be banished. The monsters are amusing too.
As they wrestle with grade school social conflicts and share a fantasy land, ten year old Jess learns from Leslie's bright character and values, until tragedy teaches him to adopt and live by those values.
Jess trained to be the fastest runner in 5th grade, but when he defended Leslie's right to run against the boys there was an unexpected result. She beat everyone. Jess saw a beauty in her gait, and she saw justice in him. As companions they deal with difficult school mates and escape to their imaginary forest kingdom of Terabithia. Jess gradually sees an approach to life brightly different from anything he had imagined. In a heart wrenching turn of events, Jess realizes what Leslie had shown him was worth sharing with those most worthy of it.
Thanks to an ugly little warthog, both the plain and the beautiful jungle animals learn that the physical trappings of beauty are not as important as cooperation and considerate behavior.
Ngiri, a small, ugly Warthog, was sick of being teased. Wise Nyumbu, an old Wildebeest, lent him magic bongo drums and Ngiri drummed up a change. What happened was quite unexpected. Traits of one animal had been randomly attached to another, except to Ngiri. After several attempts the whole community was in an uproar. What would they do on the day of the Grand Parade? Terrific art, with hidden characters, add to this book's value.
Having argued over the first egg they'd found, and broken it, Sam & Alice cooperate successfully in caring for a second egg.
Sam and Alice find an egg and, working together as friends, transport it past farmyard obstacles to the barn. When Alice shows the egg to the farm's sheepdog, Sam is alarmed it will be eaten. His haste to protect it knocks it to the ground, shattering the egg and their friendship. On hearing another hen laying, Sam is quick to 'make up'. This time they are more sensible and are thereby more successful.
A vain show horse slowly accepts the friendly overtures of a donkey named Ernest, giving him the justice he deserves
Ernest was just too scruffy and tiny for Twist, the newly arrived show horse. With nothing else to do, Twist vainly follows Ernest's tour of the farm, seeing the animals, the cool stream, the beautiful pasture, the barn and the feed. Ernest even figures out how to scratch an itch for Twist, and Twist realizes that Ernest is a decent little guy, worthy of friendship. And so it should be, that respect is born of character, not position.
A young teen chooses to use wilderness survival skills to live alone for a year in the Catskill Mountains (New York State).
Sam was the youngest of nine children living in a cramped New York City apartment. He'd read about survival and knew his family still owned some land in the Catskills. Arriving in May with pocket knife, axe, cord, and flint & steel, he sets to practicing survival skills he'd only read about. His success, even through winter, provides confidence, but events in the story mainly showcase survival skills, rather than establish any real conflict.