Arthur's determination to prove he is responsible enough to have a puppy brings him a menagerie of animals to care for. In order to prove to his parents that he is responsible enough to have his own dog, Arthur starts a petsitting business. Things go pretty smoothly until he thinks he has lost Perky, the spoiled dog who was his first customer. A surprise is in store for all at the end of the book-especially for Arthur!
Arthur enters his essay in the 'How I Can Help Make America Great' contest - and wins! He is off to Washington, D.C., to meet the President of the United States and recite his essay in front of everyone. While his class and family are enjoying the many sights of the nation's capitol, like the Washington Monument, Arthur tries to cure his terrible stage fright. Ages 5+.
When Arthur sees advertisements for the amazing doggy Treat Timer, he decides to earn enough money to buy it for his dog Pal. Arthur's purchase of a Treat Timer for his puppy, Pal, backfires when the device only frightens his pet.