Arthur, D.W., and their friends bring a touch of their own personalities and senses of humor to this sprightly collection of classic bedtime stories. ''Could you please be more careful--you're drooling on my cape,'' says D.W. to the wolf in ''Little Red Riding Hood'' ''Lucky I'm not afraid of heights,'' proclaims Francine as she climbs to the top of the mattresses in ''The Princess and the Pea.'' Master weaver Arthur has the last laugh in ''The Emperor's New Clothes.'' Each short, fun-to-read story has just the right mixture of the familiar tales with the contemporary spin of Arthur and his friends. ''The Frog Prince,'' ''The Three Bears,'' ''The Three Little Pigs,'' and others round out this big, heavily illustrated hardcover bonanza for parents. Yes, it's really helpful in getting the kids settled down and ready for bed!