Synopses & Reviews
George and Martha: not, as one might think, the first president and his spouse, but two hippopotamuses created by the singular talent of James Marshall. For the past quarter century, these stories have entertained, intrigued, and delighted readers of all ages. The portly animals have also taught us, in a humorous and lighthearted way, about what it means to be a true friend. A man with a talent for friendship, James Marshall defined its very essence in his stories about the world's two best friends. In this volume, all thirty-five episodes are brought together to celebrate friendship and two of the most lovable book characters ever created.
"The secret of Mr. Marshall's success lies not just in the freshness of his sense of the ridiculous, but in the carefulness of his control and editorial judgment." The New York Times
"James Marshall's five stories about two great friends are really five mini-farces in which the dignity and bulk of the hippos is in contrast with the ludicrousness of their situations . . . The secret of Mr. Marshall's success lies not just in the freshness of his sense of the ridiculous, but in the carefulness of his control and editorial judgment." The New York Times
George and Martha (1972); George and Martha Encore (1973); George and Martha Rise and Shine (1976); George and Martha One Fine Day (1978); George and Martha Tons of Fun (1980); George and Martha Back in Town (1984); George and Martha Round and Round (1988). Young fans will enjoy this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, which contains all thirty-five stories about the hippo duo (and is as hefty as its subjects); older fans will particularly appreciate the foreword by Maurice Sendak. Horn Book
Two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes: "Split Pea Soup," "The Flying Machine," "The Tub," "The Mirror," "The Tooth."
George and Martha will entertain readers of all ages in these funny, warm, and wonderful stories. The two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes.
Here are five stories about two of the greatest friends ever to grace a picture book. George and Martha, Jim Marshalland#8217;s dearly beloved, wise, and wickedly funny hippos teach each other the importance of honesty, companionship, discretion, humility, and consolation in this classic. This CD includes the bonus track, George and Martha Back in Town.
About the Author
James Marshall (1942-1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious childrens books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a masters degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his lifes work as one of the finest creators of childrens books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.