From the Publisher
"Marshall's illustrations are as wonderful, witty, and wise as his text." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
Barnes & Noble Staff
These five short stories, starring two huge hippos with buckteeth and pin-dot eyes, show what friendship is all about. Covering topics such as privacy, vanity, and honesty, all are told with a dry but gentle humor. Marshall knows just how much not to say, and his pictures convey volumes.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
George and Martha, best friends and co-stars of many stories, are back in this seventh sparkling collection. Martha's ear is too sensitive to take the incessant noise of George's gift of a cuckoo clock (so she gladly ``lends'' it back to him). They urge one another to use their imaginations to turn an ordinary rafting trip into an extraordinary one, attempt tolerance for one another's artistic efforts, scare each other with visions of ghosts and vampires in the attic, prepare for revenge after an innocent drenching with the garden hose, and forgive and forget shortcomings with humor and compassion. Their semi-snarling, semi-sentimental love for each other makes every episode a treat; their fans will warmly welcome this book. Ages 4-8. (October)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Three familiar stories about George and his friend Martha are included in this early reader. I am sure all of us have received a present from a friend that we really did not like. Well, George gives Martha a cuckoo clock, and it drives her nuts. Martha, however, finds the perfect solution. The duo set out on a raft trip, and nothing seems to go right. George keeps saying "use your imagination." Well the raft tips, and it is Martha's turn to tell him to use his imagination. Fine art is certainly in the eyes of the beholder, and Martha cannot appreciate what George is doing on his canvas. Thin-skinned George throws down the brush and challenges her to do better. Readers will decide for themselves who is the better artist. Fans will be delighted to share these stories with yet another generation, and the final page gives a brief biography of this award winning author/illustrator. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Marshall's lovable lumpy buck-toothed hippos are back in their seventh round of adventures that would strain any friendship. A promised ocean cruise that is really a trip on a raft in the rain becomes turn about's fair play in one episode; a criticism of artistic talent shows what happens when the shoe's on the other foot in another. An unappreciated gift is tactfully reunited with its donor; and a scarey story backfires. Finally, a friendship in trouble is rekindled, but not without a wry twist that kids will love. The spare text, a treat for beginning readers or for sharing with pre-readers, perfectly matches the deceptively simple illustrations, which glow with humor and affection. Background detail is minimal, keeping George and Martha always on center stage. The muted colors are in keeping with the gentle stories, right on target for young children who are just beginning to learn about friendship, with its trials and rewards. All five stories are laced with wisdom, bound together with understated humor, and sure to provoke belly laughs from all but the most dour of youngsters. Trev Jones, ``School Library Journal''