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Arthur's Nose
Author Marc Brown
Illustrator Marc Brown
Publication date May 15, 1976
Published by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN 0-316-11884-2
Publication Order
Preceded by
Followed by
Arthur's Eyes (1979)

Arthur's Nose is the first book in the Arthur Adventure series. It was written and illustrated by Marc Brown and published by Little, Brown and Company in 1976. In 2001, a 25th Anniversary Limited Edition of this book was published to celebrate the series' 25th anniversary, and also featured a timeline of the changes in the character designs and the people whom Marc Brown inspired the characters after.


Arthur is not happy with his nose, so he visits the rhinologist for a new one.



  • This is the only book having Arthur look like an actual aardvark. After this, Arthur’s nose shape changes for good. In the next several books, Arthur's aardvark-like snout is much less pronounced, though the shape of his head is still rather elongated. After a few more years, his head is much more rounded in shape. As Arthur's Nose is the starting point of the franchise, all the characters' designs (including Arthur himself) look different from their more commonly-seen designs.
  • There are also a number of animal types, such as a giraffe, an owl, and a rhinoceros, that do not appear as characters in subsequent Arthur works.
  • This book was never adapted into a cartoon, because Arthur had long already been in his final design when the show debuted— meaning his nose is already so short that an episode based on this book would not fit in the show.
  • This story takes place when Arthur is in first grade; the other books have him in either second or third grade. This is also the only piece of Arthur-related media where he is in said grade.
  • According to author, Marc Brown, the idea for this story came during a difficult year for Marc. He had lost his teaching job at a college that closed. One night as he put his son, Tolon, to bed, Tolon asked for a bedtime story about a funny animal. Marc's mind thought alphabetically, and he told a story about an aardvark named Arthur. This began Marc Brown's career in writing and illustrating the Arthur books.[1][2]