At the school he had an entire gymnasium of children enthralled, sharing photos of his home and all of the animals his family keeps on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Using a drawing easel, Brown demonstrated how Arthur is drawn. Then he explained where his ideas come from for many of the characters. He used his own personal experiences as a third-grade student to guide him in his writing.
Many of his characters are based on friends, family and teachers. When he ran out of ideas form his own childhood, he began using his children’s experiences.
Brown ended with a reading of his new book, Arthur Goes Green. Many of the students had books signed.