Martha's back and this time she's talking up a storm on the telephone! When she wins a free weekend for her and her family at the Come-On-Inn, the trouble really begins.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Martha is discouraged because, as a dog, she is not allowed in many public places, like stores and restaurants. She wins a radio contest, and the reward is a stay at an inn which does not allow dogs. After her family disguises her to get her into the inn, Martha is sad that she cannot roam around with her family as a dog. She ends up changing the minds of the owner and guests at the inn about allowing dogs.
Martha is wonderful- she is a dog's dream. She can use the phone to order pizza and meat, she can talk to her dog friends and be their translator to the their humans- and then she learns to win radio contests to go places! She is even smart enough to put on a disguise to get in where she isn't allowed, but slips up because she can't resist a flying frisbee. Everything she ends up telling the other hotel guests after her exiled doggieness is discovered is very true- we say we love our dogs yet so many people disallow them basic 'dog rights'. When given a chance, most dogs can behave appropriately in public, and as Martha says, they need to be given that in exchange for what they've done for us. Keep our parks and hotels dog friendly! But Martha says it so much better than I. :-)