Synopses & Reviews
Wagstaff City is in trouble, and its time for Martha to break out her doggie detective skills in this full-color, two-part Martha Speaks chapter book. First, she becomes a patrol dog for a day and exposes some smugglers of infested rutabagas that could destroy the citys crops. Then, Martha joins Helen to sniff out a thiefs identity in a rash of robberies. Its all tail-waggingly exciting…even the activities section and glossary of fun new vocabulary!
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"Bright with watercolor washes, the cartoon-like ink drawings ensure that book's immediate appeal... A hysterical tail - er, tale." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"Martha's balloon babblings are just as funny in the fourth reading as the first." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
Meddaugh does for dogs what H.A. Rey does for monkeys.
Publishers Weekly, Starred
Everthing about the book is extremely well done, from the story line to the illustrations and presentation.
School Library Journal, Starred
When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog Martha, Martha begins to speak. But having a talking dog is not as fun as it seems.
This chapter book based on the popular PBS TV series Martha Speaks includes two stories in one book! First, Martha becomes a patrol dog and sniffs out someone attempting to smuggle rutabagas into Wagstaff City! Then, Helen and Martha decide they want to be detectives! While searching for a mystery to solve, they learn that there has been a string of robberies in town. Will the two figure out who the mystery thief is before he strikes again?
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.