Synopses & Reviews
Nothing turns a backyard camp-out from yawn to "Yowza!" like a few scary stories. When their repertoire of shadow puppets is exhausted, Martha (the talking dog from PBSand#8217;s hit TV show Martha Speaks)and her friends decide to share some science-fiction storiesand#8212;the creepier the better! Martha tells one about aliens from Venus who eat frozen yogurt with their ears, T.D. scares everyone with malevolent alien cat people, Helen tells "The Telltale Artichoke Heart" about a disturbing tin can ("THUMP. THUMP. THUMP"), and Alice tells "Night of the Phantom Scarecrow." A few Campfire Story Starters will have aspiring storytellers off and running!
Enter the world of Geronimo Stilton, where another funny adventure is always right around the corner. Each book is a fast-paced adventure with lively art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love.
My grandfather William Shortpaws -- also known as Cheap Mouse Willy -- was back at The Rodent's Gazette, and he was determined to torture me. He wanted to publish a guide book to Ratzikistan, the Siberia of Mouse Island. And he ordered *me* to go there to write it! But as you know, dear reader, I HATE TRAVELING!
Martha the talking dog tells her friends four fur-raising scary stories in this summer camp-out chapter book. Based onand#160;the popularand#160;TVand#160;showand#160;Martha Speaksand#160;airing on PBS.
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.