Perfectly Martha (Martha Speaks Series)by Susan Meddaugh
What do people really want from a dog? When Otis Weaselgraft opens up his Perfect Pup Institute, promising to train even the most drooling, barking, scratching, squirrel-chasing dog to be perfectly obedient in only three steps, Martha smells a rat. She knows dogs are already perfect. But Weaselgraft claims he can make man's best friend even better. Word of his amazing program spreads through the neighborhood—soon half the dogs in town are enrolled at the Perfect Pup Institute. But there's something strange about the Perfect Pup graduates, and Martha is determined to find out what it is . . .
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"This laugh-out-loud escapade will please budding sci-fi fans as well as Martha's many admirers." School Library Journal
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.
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In the sixth book in the fabulous Martha Series, the lovable talking dog Martha and her companion Skits learn of a new dog obedience school in their town. When dogs come out, it's questinonable rather they're even dogs anymore. They don't get in the trash, sleep on the furniture, or even chase squirrels and cats anymore. Martha knows somethings wrong and goes to investigate. When she tries though, she's captured by a Dr. Pablum who wants to show the world a talking dog. Will Martha be able to set things straight and get back the canine companions we all know and love? I'll let the reader find out by reading the ending. This is another great classic by Meddaugh and sure to be the great keystone to a child's Martha collection.
Martha the talking dog is back and fortified with her usual alphabet soup she investigates The Perfect Pup Institute. Otis Weaselgraft trains dogs to be obedient by placing a Robo Rover Brain Blocker in the dog's collars.Yikes!!!! It is the doggie version of the Stepford Wives. The caninies are acting like robots. Thank heavens Martha is there to solve the problem by turning the tables on Weaselgraft exposing his fraudulent operation. Watercolor illustrations and speech balloons are the usual trademarks of Meddaugh. You just have to love Martha and so will your audience. This is a perfect read aloud for storytime. Perfectly Martha will not stay on library shelves.