Author-illustrator Susan Meddaugh has made herself a household name with her well-known series of picture books called Martha Speaks, which includes titles like Perfectly Martha, Martha Calling, Martha and Skits, and Martha Blah Blah. Nobody knows talking dogs better than Meddaugh! She continues this amazing dog’s adventures with this fourth in a long-line of stories.
In Martha Walks the Dog, the lovable, amazing main character goes on a walk – by herself! Seeing this, a passerby compliments the title character, saying what a good dog she is. She responds with an innocent question, “What other kind of dog is there?” No sooner does she pose the question than she meets a massive mutt named Bob who barks all the time at people passing by and is often berated by his owner for doing just that. The hero dog continues on her walk and finds a parrot that the loquacious pooch teaches to say “good dog.” She can’t help herself and just has to return to Bob’s yard to give him a lecture on his bad behavior. When she gets there, Martha sees Bob got loose from his thick chain and a chase ensues. Lucky for the candid canine, the snarling mutt chases her into the yard with the parrot that tells Bob he is a “good dog.” He’s tamed by the parrot’s compliments. Meddaugh has a way of telling the dog’s story that is not only witty and delightful, but educational as well. The author weaves in her tales lessons that will serve children well, such as always be kind to pets and people for that matter. This story is lesson is given through Meddaugh’s use of colorful, exuberant watercolor-and-ink illustrations that captivate her readers. Martha Walks the Dog is a 32-page rollercoaster of excitement that will have your young children giggling until the last page. Meddaugh uses her talents as a wonderful children’s book writer and illustrator to create another hit in the series. Her thoughtful, yet silly story line and cheerful, high-spirited illustrations will
keep your kid’s ages 4 to 8 grinning from ear to ear. This talented author keeps her creative, fantastical story that the whole family will enjoy.