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George and Martha

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Two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes: "Split Pea Soup, " "The Flying Machine, " "The Tub, " "The Mirror, " "The Tooth." "The secret of Mr. Marshall's success lies not just in the freshness of his sense of the ridiculous, but in the carefulness of his control and editorial judgment." -- New York Times Book Reviewshow more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 198.12 x 200.66 x 5.08mm | 136.08g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • None.
  • colour illustrations
  • 0395199727
  • 9780395199725
  • 14,235

About James Marshall

James Marshall (1942-1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children's books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master's degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life's work as one of the finest creators of children's books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.show more

Review quote

"The secret of Mr. Marshall's success lies not just in the freshness of his sense of the ridiculous, but in the carefulness of his control and editorial judgment." The New York Timesshow more

Review Text

"Five stories about two great friends" - a pair of hippos named George and Martha. The stories are as diminutive as their principals are gross, and there's nothing heavy about the moral verities tucked in among the nonsense. Thus George learns after pouring Martha's pea soup into his loafers (because "I just can't stand another spoonful") that "friends should always tell each other the truth," and when he peeks through Martha's bathroom window she crowns him with the tub to teach him that "there is such a thing as privacy." The pictures - of George trying to roller skate or to ascend in a balloon, of Martha gazing into the mirror - hold up their end of the "lovable blimp" load, and though this George and Martha won't go down in history, they are worth looking in on. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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1,445 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
5 48% (687)
4 29% (420)
3 19% (271)
2 3% (47)
1 1% (20)
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