Synopses & Reviews
This chapter book based on PBS's popular TV show Martha Speaks features two back-to-school stories, plus a glossary and activities. In the first story, T. D. adds Martha's nameand#160;to the substitute teacherand#160;list at Wagstaff Elementary, but not even he expects a talking dog to actually fill in for Mrs. Clusky. Never one to ignore the call of duty, Martha takes the class under her wingand#8212;er, pawand#8212;but Helen's not sure their friendship canand#160;survive Martha's strict teaching style. In the second story, Alice is in agua caliente when she is assigned an oral report in Spanish class. She can't speak a word. But with the help of some Mexican alphabet soup made by Tio Jorge, Martha can! Is it cheating if a Spanish-speaking dog helps you with your homework? Visit www.marthathetalkingdog.comand#160;and www.pbskids.org/martha.
Croak! Squeenk! Ribbet! After a close encounter with a mutant amphibian makes him freaky for frogs, water-shy Stink becomes a swimming success.
Stink may be super smart, and Stink may be uber clever, but hes been in the Polliwog swim class frog-ever and he still cant bear to put his face in the water. Why would he want a geyser up his nose, on purpose? But then something weird happens: Stink starts to see frogs everywhere — in the locker room, in his boot, in the bathtub. And when a freaky blue frog licks his arm, his froggy senses start tingling! He has an urge to slurp up raisins (that look like flies). He cant wait to play in the rain and mud. Hes a wiz at identifying frog calls. And he has become very interested in the local frog population. Could it be that Stink is turning into . . . the amazing Stink-Frog, fighter of slime? Pree-eep! Craw-awk!
STINK FREAKY FROG FREAKOUT, 6 copies,
Martha the talking dog has held many jobs in her life, but she's never been a teacher before now! This chapter book based on PBS's popular TV show Martha Speaks features two back-to-school stories, plus a glossary and activities. That old "the dog ate my homework" excuse won't work on Miss Martha!
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.