Martha Speaks (Martha Speaks Series) [NOOK Book]

Overview

When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, it goes straight up to her brain, and Martha begins to speak! But having a talking dog isn't always as much fun as it seems.

When she wins a call-in radio contest, Martha the talking dog and her family go for a vacation and manage to change the "no dogs allowed" policy.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Martha Speaks (Martha Speaks Series)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK Kids for iPad

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$5.99
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$6.99 List Price

Overview

When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, it goes straight up to her brain, and Martha begins to speak! But having a talking dog isn't always as much fun as it seems.

When she wins a call-in radio contest, Martha the talking dog and her family go for a vacation and manage to change the "no dogs allowed" policy.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
Martha is just an ordinary dog until the day she eats a bowl of alphabet soup. Something goes haywire, and the letters, instead of going to her stomach, head straight for her brain. The result? Martha speaks! She ends up yakking so much, that her family, initally proud of their talented pet, grows fed up and tells her to SHUT UP! Martha is so wounded that she refuses to eat more soup, no matter how much the family coaxes.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With the arrival of Martha, Lassie had best look to her canine laurels. This scintillating story weighs the pros and cons of owning a loquacious pet. Thanks to the apparently magical properties of alphabet soup, unassuming mutt Martha is transformed into the Mr. Ed of the canine world. Unfortunately, the novelty for her human family wears off in a hurry: Martha blabs non-stop and commits numerous gaffes--telling one visitor, ``Mom said that fruitcake you sent wasn't fit for a dog. But I thought it was delicious.'' Meddaugh's ( The Witches' Supermarket ; Tree of Birds ) quirky take on the anthropomorphic pooch proves uproarious. Droll illustrations capture Martha's guileless expressions, her joy at the mastery of speech and her hurt feelings after she's commanded to pipe down. The book may be difficult to read aloud because Martha's not-to-be-missed comments, separate from the main narrative, interrupt the tale's flow. Still, anyone who's ever wondered what their pets are thinking will enjoy this imaginative book, its tactless but lovable main character and its triumphant ending. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Those who fell in love with Susan Meddaugh's Martha, the talking hound in Martha Speaks will welcome the sequel, Martha Calling with open hearts. Talented Martha, who catches a Frisbee and talks with the same amount of ease, wins a phone contest that earns her family a wonderful weekend at a resort that doesn't allow dogs. Meddaugh's spirited writing is infectious, even her characters respond with playful good-humor and creatively handle the silly situations that arise. Hidden within this hilarious tale are messages about prejudice and family love so strong that it changes rules.
Children's Literature - Lee A. Snodgrass
The day Martha the dog eats alphabet soup is a day that her human family soon regrets. The letters from the soup travel to Martha's brain, instead of her stomach, enabling her to talk. This amusing premise sets up a delightful tale of a talking dog and her weary owners. After the novelty wears off, the family's patience is sorely tried as Martha talks incessantly through their favorite television shows, orders pizza without permission, and blurts out the truth at the most awkward moments. A lesson in tactfulness and manners is cleverly hidden in the silliness of the text. It isn't until Martha calls the police and thwarts a burglary attempt that she is lauded for being the truly amazing dog that she is. The cartoon-like bubbles containing Martha's dialogue (in itself very funny) and likeable watercolor drawings make this a winner. The text is witty and wry, in keeping with the book's content. New York Times Best Illustrated Book and an ALA Notable Book for Children.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
In this sequel to Martha Speaks, Martha, the talking dog, enters contests and wins a weekend for 4 at the Come-On-Inn. Big Problem! No Dogs Allowed! Disguised as 'grandma,' confined to a wheelchair, Martha orders room service. Chicken and steak bones soon litter the room. The maid, seeing the bones, suspects that the sleeping dog has eaten 'grandma.' A hilarious ending with Martha having the last word!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Martha, a mutt, begins to speak after her young owner slips her a bowl of alphabet soup. She speaks, and speaks, and speaks, until Helen tells her, ``Sometimes I wish you had never learned to talk.'' Martha is devastated, and her withdrawal is alleviated only when she has the opportunity to save her family from a robbery. The pranks in between, including accepting pizza deliveries and phoning for a huge order of barbecue, add to the loopy, incongruous humor. Casual ink-line-and-watercolor cartoons are punctuated by dialogue balloons. In several places, Martha's hand-printed monologue overruns the pages. For reading aloud, the balloons can be included or omitted without damaging the sense of the story. A comparable tale about an unusual pet is Tomi Ungerer's Crictor (HarperCollins, 1958). Any preschool audience and most independent readers will yelp with laughter at this light, funny entertainment. --Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Carolyn Phelan
When Helen feeds her dog alphabet soup, the letters gravitate to Martha's brain instead of her stomach. Suddenly, Martha can talk. She answers all the questions her owners have wondered about for years, such as "Why don't you come when we call?" "You people are always so bossy. COME! SIT! STAY! You never say please." They enjoy using her ability to surprise the neighbors and the pizza delivery man, but once Martha turns on the tap, there's no turning it off. She talks incessantly, alternately boring her owners to distraction with her chatter, infuriating them by using the telephone to order cases of meat, and alarming them by making dangerously tactless remarks to hefty strangers. Kids, who know what it's like to get in trouble for telling the truth, will sympathize with Martha in the family confrontation that follows, and they'll find her eventual vindication all the sweeter for her suffering. Bright with watercolor washes, the cartoonlike ink drawings ensure the book's immediate appeal; Martha's ballooned babblings are just as funny in the fourth reading as the first. A hysterical tail--er, tale.
Ilene Cooper
What a dog! Martha was introduced in "Martha Speaks" (1992), in which she swallows a can of alphabet soup. The letters go to her brain instead of her stomach, Martha starts talking, and now she won't shut up: "Me . . . meat . . . meatloaf, I like those words." But there are three words Martha hates, "No Dogs Allowed." When Martha wins a trip to the Come-On-Inn, the family have to dress her as their grandmother to avoid the no-pets rule. Martha makes a few faux pas like jumping up to catch a Frisbee, but mostly she remains undercover--and bored. With nothing to do, she orders in a pile of meat from room service and becomes so sleepy and bloated that when she's spotted by guests, someone yells, "A dog has eaten Grandma!" The commotion raises Martha from her stupor, and she makes an impassioned plea: "No Dogs Allowed! I can't believe it! Dogs have been by your side since you were in caves . . . and we still can't go into a restaurant and order a steak." The guests are moved. The Come-On-Inn changes policy, changes its name to the Sit-n-Stay Inn, and now pets are allowed, and business is "grreat!" The bright cartoon-style art is incredibly clever, both in execution and the way Meddaugh uses balloons to convey textual asides. A droll doggie delight that isn't just for the picture-book crowd.
From the Publisher
"Bright with watercolor washes, the cartoon-like ink drawings ensure that book's immediate appeal... A hysterical tail - er, tale." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547422312
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Martha Speaks Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 359,360
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet 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.

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.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 14 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(5)

1 Star

(3)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 14 Customer Reviews
  • Posted November 27, 2010

    haha

    i loved this book and im 80 yrs old

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Very disappointing

    We were very disappointed with this book. My son loves the Martha Speaks series on PBS and was excited to read a book with his favorite characters. Unfortunately, the language used in this book is very different than on TV. Martha makes inappropriate comments including telling a man he is fat. I cringed while reading thinking my parrot of a three-year-old might say that about a stranger in public now. At this age it is monkey see monkey do. Eventually in the story, the family shouts at Martha to SHUT-UP! and I was horrified. We never use this phrase in our family. I replaced the words with BE QUIET! but I fear it might be confusing to keep doing that as my son is learning to read.

    I regret buying this book and do not recommend it. If you do buy it, read it to yourself first and make sure you are comfortable with the language before sharing with your children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 23, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Adorable Children's Classic

    Description:

    When Helen feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, the letters go into her brain instead of her tummy! So instead of a "bark" or a "woof", Martha speaks words; but having a talking dog is not what Helen's family expects...

    Review:

    Martha Speaks is definitely a classic children's book, its popularity rivaling that of Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Train. Children and adults are pulled in by Susan Meddaugh's creative story-line and adorable water-color illustrations; Martha's world comes to life - especially when listening to the included audio CD. I love the message that the book offers to children - communication is important, but you need to learn how/ where to use it - a great lesson for children of all ages, particularly first and second graders. I know that elementary schools in my area use this book, as well as the rest of the Martha series, and I see how much kids enjoy it, especially my younger nephews. Martha Speaks is full of great vocabulary, fun illustrations and narration, and is highly recommended!

    Rating: On the Run (4/5)

    *** I received this book from the author (Houghton Mifflin Company) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    AHHHHH!

    The cover scares me!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 6, 2011

    boring

    creepy cover

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    My son introduced this book to me

    My son brought this amazing book home from school one day and we read it together. He said to me, 'If the T.V. show is good, then this book will be good!' It's based on the very good idea that if you eat alphabet soup, you can learn to talk. This is clever and got me to add other veggies to my son's alphabet soup to get him to eat them as well. What a great concept!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    It was Awesome!!

    I loved the book, Martha Speaks....it is great for younger kids but grownups enjoy it too! I definatley recommend it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 14 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)