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Martha Speaks (book)

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Martha Speaks
AuthorSusan Meddaugh
IllustratorMeddaugh
CountryUnited States
SeriesMartha Speaks
GenreChildren's picture book
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date
September 1992[1]
Media typePaper
Pages35 pp
Followed byMartha and Skits 


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Martha Speaks is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Susan Meddaugh, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1992. It is the first in a series of six books featuring a young girl's pet dog named Martha.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The book follows the adventures of a ten-year-old girl named Helen Finney, who fed her dog Martha some alphabet soup and something very mysterious occurred. When the letters got into her throat, they lost their way, so they traveled to her brain instead of her stomach. This gave Martha the ability to speak. But when the family complains about Martha talking too much, Martha didn't talk to anyone. After this, she didn't eat a bowl of alphabet soup for days, but when a burglar tries to rob her house, Helen gave Martha some alphabet soup. She ate the soup and got the ability to speak again. The family appreciates Martha for saving their home. Martha learned to say stuff and the right time to say them. And sometimes, Martha didn't say anything at all, but just for a few minutes.

Reception[edit | edit source]

The Horn Book Magazine said the book was "Good-natured and amusing, with cheerful illustrations"[2] and Patricia Tauzer writing for Common Sense Media wrote in a four star (out of five) review that, "the story is clever."[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Barnes & Noble – Used Book Search Results – Martha Speaks – Susan Meddaugh – Hardcover". Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  2. A.A.F. (1993). Martha Speaks. Horn Book Magazine, 69(1), 76. Retrieved from Ebsco.
  3. Tauzer, Patricia. "Martha Speaks - Book Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2018-11-11.


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