This American author and illustrator changed the spelling of his name (from Mark) in 1956 in honor of the painter Marc Chagall. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and worked a variety of jobs--including truck driver and chicken farmer--before beginning his career as a creator of children's books. Best known for his series of books featuring Arthur the Aardvark, Brown has also collaborated with his wife, Laurene Krasny Brown, on a number of non-fiction books for children.
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"The Mystery of the Stolen Bike" tells of Francine who acquires a bicycle once owned by her father. She's embarrassed by the bike, but when she reports that it's stolen, her friends rally to find the thief. Will Arthur and his friends discover the true fate of Francine's bike?