Synopses & Reviews
Martha takes center stage in these two funny tales about what it means to be in a play!
First, Helen must play Halleyand#8217;s Comet in her schooland#8217;s solar system playand#8212;but she has to learn to
use her gifts and overcome her stage fright! Then, everyoneand#8217;s favorite talking dog has to face the most dreaded role for a dogand#8212;a cat!and#8212;after being cast as the Cheshire Cat in a production of Alice in Wonderland.
Young thespians will find a glossary of vocabulary and activities to help them write and act in their own productions!
Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu on our Fall 2010 list
Just Grace and the Snack Attack
"New characters, such as the hyperactive "Owen 1," keep the story fresh, but readers will most enjoy Grace's angst-ridden first-person narrative, delivered with her usual comic touch. Cartoon illustrations (and directions for creating a zine) enliven the text and help to showcase Grace's artistic talent." --Booklist
"[R]eaders will appreciate her straightforward, honest discussion of strong emotions they'll be sure to relate to." --Horn Book
Just Grace Goes Green
"Girls who are settling into chapter book series featuring Clementine and Judy Moody will love the fast pace and familiar school and family situations. . . . Harpers sketches add interest and break up the text, leaving the new reader time to pause and smile. "-Horn Book
Just Grace Walks the Dog
"Graces cartoon illustrations and charts enliven the conversational, first-person text. . .Her ruminations about the ways that peopleand animalsmay not be what they seem will provide both entertainment and food for thought for a wide range of readers."Kirkus Reviews
"Harper has created a quick enjoyable read in this third 'Grace' book."Library Media Connection
Still Just Grace
"Harper's strength is her understanding of third-grade angst...she explores with a comic touch...Suggest this reassuring look at friendship and family to fans of Judy Moody and Clementine." Booklist
"Dealing with the problems of friendship and change in a lively way...a good addition to the middle-grade shelves." School Library Journal
Booksense Summer Selection 2007
"The kids come alive in the story, and Harper, the author of several previous books, including the graphic novel Fashion Kitty (2005), enhances the comical goings-on with sparkling cartoon sketches. Equally delightful is the wry voice of energetic Just Grace, who never misses an opportunity to point out the injustices life has dealt her. Shes a hero through and through. Give this to fans of Ann Nagdas Meow Means Mischief (2003) or anyone looking for a funny book." Booklist, starred review
"Grace is a funny, mischievous protagonist who should easily find a place in the pantheon of precocious third graders. Fans of Amber Brown, Clementine, and Judy Moody will love her." School Library Journal
"Annie Barrows accomplishes the almost impossible task of reflecting the world of second grader, creating the tension and drama of family and friendships in language that can be read easily by child who recently graduated from easy readers to early chapter books. " - Lisa Von Drasek, Children's Librarian, Bank Street College of Education
After begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want. The girls have no interest in learning to dance gracefully, but they have promised their parents they'd finish the course. Now they must figure out how to get out of the recital without breaking their promise. Full color.
Finally! After months of begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want . . . well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not cover karate chops and roundhouse kicks. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire balletcourse! When it comes time for Ivy and Bean to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, the girls must figure out a way to get out of it without breaking their promises.
This full-color Martha Speaks chapter book includes two stories about show business!and#160;In one, Helen has to overcome her stage fright and let her talents shine. In the second, Martha learns a lot about acting when she has to play the role of someone entirely unlike herselfand#8212;a CAT!
About the Author
Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts. After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director. While there, she did the illustrations for Good Stones (Houghton Mifflin) by Anne Epstein, and then decided to strike out on her own as a freelance illustrator and creator of children's books. Since that time, Susan has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Martha Speaks, which was chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 1992. In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work. Her work also was acknowledged with a New York Times Best Illustrated Award. She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.