Season 1 Episode 28

I'm a Poet / The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club!

Aired Daily 4:00 PM May 19, 1997 on PBS



  • Trivia

    • In "Arthur's Lost Library Book," the latest Scare-Your-Pants-Off book "The Mysterious Hand" featured the title and a picture of the hand on the cover, as well as the book series logo (a kid screaming) on the bottom. However, the other Scare-Your-Pants-Off books in this story just have the screaming kid logo on the cover!

  • Quotes

    • Ms. Turner: (to kids outside of library) I'm afraid I have bad news. You won't be able to check out the new Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club book today after all. In fact, all Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club books have been removed from our shelves until further notice.
      Arthur: I don't get it. Who would want to get rid of our books?

    • Mr. Read: By special request, a hardy breakfast of my world-famous Whoopi Waffles!
      Mrs. Read and D.W.: Whoopi! Waffles!

  • Notes

    • Francine's, Buster's, and Arthur's poems heard at the poetry contest in "I'm a Poet" can also be heard on track 16 of the Arthur and Friends audio CD.

    • E.A. De Poe is also Mr. Crosswire's old teacher, Ms. McWord. De Poe is her pen name.

    • Francine refers to Fern as the girl who never says anything. She is referring to the fact that Fern never had anything to say in Marc Brown's original picture books.

    • When Buster reads a poem during the beginning in "I'm a Poet," he reads a verse of a poem called "The Walrus and the Carpenter" by Lewis Carroll. This popular poem was featured in his Alice in Wonderland and an adapted version was later featured in song and spoken word in Disney's version of the story.

  • Allusions

    • The two poems that Buster mentions in "I'm A Poet", "The Haunted Palace" and "The Concurred Worm", are actual poems written by the famous poet, Edgar Allen Poe.

    • The story "I'm a Poet" features a number of poems by famous poet Jack Prelutsky. The poems heard in that episode--"My Sister Is a Sissy", "Jellyfish Stew", and "Today Is Very Boring" are all taken from Jack Prelutsky's book of poems, The New Kid on the Block, which was published in 1984. The voice of Jack Prelutsky was featured in this episode. Jack Prelutsky remains active as of today, having been named the United States's first Children's Poet Laureate.