Age: 5 - 8 / Early Readers
Publication Date: 01-05-2013
Format: Pb, 198 x 130mm
Extent: 48 pages
I'm Arthur, and I'm seven
I’m Arthur and I’m seven, and last Saturday, at my grandparents’ house, we all got a bit of a fright. The night before, the neighbour heard strange noises coming from her garden and she saw two big, black eyes staring at her. There was only one thing for it: Grandma phoned Cousin Eugene. Before we knew it, the whole world had come to see the Yeti of Picket Lake.
About the series
Arthur is a seven-year-old boy who is brilliant at being a seven-year-old-boy. When Arthur visits his grandparents’ house by the lake, more often than not, he becomes entangled in a new adventure, which he must solve with the help of his pet duck and useless dog – and hopefully without too much help from eccentric Cousin Eugene. These are witty stories full of understated humour and populated by quirky yet recognisable characters, and narrated by Arthur who has the rational worldview that comes exclusively from being seven-years-old.
This is a super little book suitable for young readers, translated from its original French by Daniel Hahn. It's a simple yet fun story suitable for more able readers in KS1 upwards... Arthur is staying with his grandparents when their neighbour Mrs Potter encounters something strange in her garden. Fearing a monster may be lurking next door, Arthur's student cousin is called in. Collecting clues, cousin Eugene soon declares that the monster must be a yeti... but is it?
The School Librarian
A great little series for newly independent readers. Short and simple, yet engaging and fun, this is a perfect series for children to try to attempt on their own. The illustrations help break the text and help set the humorous atmosphere. Arthur is a loveable and quirky character who will appeal to both boys and girls.
Mercier’s warm and reassuring series about a boy who’s brilliant at, well, being a little boy of seven who loves his family and sharing his adventures is proving a popular choice for early readers. Full of understated humour which is so appealing to growing boys. With bold, lovable characters and stories to enchant and entertain, all brought to life by Clare Elsom’s quirky illustrations, the witty, wonderful adventures of Arthur and his merry ménage are set to run for a lot longer.
Lancashire Evening Post
Seven year olds will thoroughly enjoy this lively series of books which take a perceptive look at the world as seen by a seven-year-old.
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About the Author, Illustrator and Translator
Johanne Mercier is the author of a number of very successful books for children, both novels and picture books as well as the Arthur series. She lives in Quebec.
Daniel Hahn is an award-winning writer, researcher and translator and editor of The Ultimate Book Guide, The Ultimate First Book Guide and The Ultimate Teen Book Guide. His translations include Brazilian footballer Pelé's autobiography and Angolan writer José Eduardo Agalusa's The Book of Chameleons, winner of the 2007 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head, also published by Phoenix Yard Books. He is assistant editor of The Oxford Companion to English Literature and currently compiling a new Oxford Companion to Children's Literature.
Clare Elsom grew up in Oxford. She's always loved drawing and took a degree in illustration at University College Falmouth. She now works full time as an illustrator, and particularly enjoyed drawing Arthur. 'Drawing him came very naturally to me', she says, 'It's almost like he was already in my head, waiting for me to read the story and bring his image to life. I'm also slightly envious of his pet duck. Well, who wouldn't want a pet duck?!'
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