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"Buster Hits the Books"

Buster Hits the Books

Buster Hits the Books Title Card

Season/Series: 2
Number in season: 11B
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States April 6, 1998[1]
Flag of Canada September 7, 1998[3]
Flag of the United Kingdom July 20, 1999[2]
Written by: Joe Fallon
Storyboard by: J. O'Neill &
I. Tankushev
"D.W.'s Deer Friend"
"Arthur's Faraway Friend"
"Buster Hits the Books" is the second half of the eleventh episode in the second season of Arthur.


For the first time in his school career, Buster has to actually read a book—and he only has one week.


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  • During the Jolly Jollisters segment, you could see Buster watching himself on TV.

Cultural references

  • This episode features parodies of "The Happy Hollisters," (Jolly Jollisters) "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (Sam and the Sandwich Company), and the style of stories and illustrations of Dr. Seuss.

Episode connections

  • Buster mentions that his dad is a pilot. In the following episode, Arthur's Faraway Friend, Buster leaves for a couple of months to travel with his dad.
  • There is apparently a Scare-Your-Pants-Off-Club TV show now. Buster mentions that instead of reading the SYPOC books, he watched the TV episodes.


  • At the start, Mr. Ratburn can be seen writing on the blackboard with his left hand, although he is normally right-handed.
  • In "Arthur's Lost Library Book", Buster is seen reading a joke book. However, in this episode it is said he has never read a book before.

Production Notes

  • This is the first episode to use the Stampede as a title card.

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