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The Arthur and Buster NewsletterDecember, 2004
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TOP STORY: Buster's Guide to the Sounds that Presents Make When You Shake Them
By Buster Baxter

Buster Baxter's Byline Picture I'm really good at this. Use these simple rules to predict your presents just by shaking them:

1. No sound: Could be a book, or underwear, or socks.

2. Wisha-wisha-wisha: Probably a jigsaw puzzle.

3. Clicka-clicka: This is a CD, a CD-ROM, or a DVD. Or it may just be a TTGCWYSI (Thing That Goes Clicka-clicka When You Shake It).

4. Ka-slorp, ka-slorp: Definitely chocolate pudding. (If it's more of a "ki-slerp," it's vanilla. Trust me on this one.)

5. Chinga-chinga-chinga-SMASH!: Uh... that WAS a collectible Bionic Bunny statue. In which case, you should hope that one of your other presents is glue!

If you get really good at figuring things out, try Fern's Effective Detective.


THE BRAIN'S TEASER: The Great 2004 Movie Title Word Swap
By Alan "The Brain" Powers

Alan The Brain Powers's Byline Picture Here's my present to you: a puzzle! All the movie titles below are mixed up. Each one contains one word from one of the other titles. Put all the moved words back where they belong to make nine correct movie titles. Happy holidays!

Benji: Off the Story
Polar 2
The SpongeBob Incredibles Movie
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate SquarePants
A Cinderella Shrek
The World
The Yu Express
Sky Captain and the Leash of Tomorrow
Events-Gi-Oh!: The Movie

(Scroll down to find the answers.)


FEATURED ARTICLE: My Favorite Present
By Francine Frensky

Francine Frensky's Byline Picture I've gotten some great presents. The best was this big box I got a few years ago.

I had NO idea what was inside. When I opened it, I found a baseball, a baseball bat, a baseball glove, and a baseball cap. It was wonderful!

But even better, my dad spent lots of time with me. He taught me how to hit, run, and catch. That's what made it my best present ever!

I also got a drum set for a present once. If you have a question about music, write me a letter in Hey, Francine.


THE BRAIN'S TEASER: The Brain Explains
By Alan "The Brain" Powers

Alan The Brain Powers's Byline Picture Here are the movie titles with all the words
in the right places:

Benji: Off the Leash
Shrek 2
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Cinderella Story
The Incredibles
The Polar Express
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie

Challenge your noggin some more with my Brain Game.