Item description for Martha Calling by Susan Meddaugh...
Overview When she wins a call-in radio contest, Martha the talking dog and her family go for a vacation and manage to change the "no dogs allowed" policy
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.
From Publishers Weekly The second book about Martha the talking dog is "unsurprising but amusing,"
said PW. "Kids are sure to be drawn in once again by Meddaugh's witty and
unaffected cartooning." Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Citations And Professional Reviews Martha Calling by Susan Meddaugh has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 10/21/1996
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 711
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.04" Width: 8.14" Height: 0.19" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2000
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Grade Level Grade School
Series Martha Books
ISBN 0395827418 ISBN13 9780395827413 UPC 046442827416
Availability 0 units.
More About Susan Meddaugh
Susan Meddaugh studied art and illustration and has worked as a designer, art director, and freelance illustrator. She now lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts with her son and three shelter dogs. She has created and illustrated many books for children. In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work. Martha was a real dog who lived with Susan and her family. One day, when Susan's son Niko (who was 7 at the time) was eating alphabet soup, he wondered what would happen if they fed the soup to Martha. Would she talk? This was the seed for the first Martha Speaks book. Since then five more pictures book about Martha have been published. A PBS television show debuted in September 2008 with much fanfare and many great reviews. To see an interview with the author, go to the PBS website: pbskids.org/martha/index.html
Susan Meddaugh currently resides in Sherborn, in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about Martha Calling?
Martha Calling Dec 11, 2006
This is a book about a spectactular dog named Martha that always eats alphabet soup. One day the letters from the soup go to his brain instead of his stomache and he now has the the ability to talk. He would talk on and on about almost anything, and he loved to talk on the phone. However three words he hated to read and speak about were no dogs allowed. He didnt understand why he couldn't be with his family in restaurants and other facilities people use. One day he entered a radio contest over the phone and won. He won a family trip to a hotel that happened to be a "no dogs allowed" hotel. The dog dressed up as the families grandma and couldnt participate in alot of the activities the rest of his family did there. At the hotel one misunderstanding led to him speaking his mind to the people of the hotel about his feelings of not allowing dogs in public places. The hotel owners were moved enough to make it a pet and person hotel that pet owners and their beloved pets could go to take a vacation. Martha takes a summer job at the hotel to help supervise activities. This is a creative, animated book, that many youths should be able to enjoy. -Derek Kelly Mrs. Nelsen English 9A
Yakety Yak May 21, 2004
When I heard that "Martha Calling" had made the New York Public Library's "100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know", I immediately decided to read it. By mistake, I accidentally picked up the first Martha book, "Martha Speaks", in which a clever canine who can speak (due to a healthy diet of alphabet soup) foils a burglar's plot. The book was fine. Not particularly different from any other, except perhaps that it used cartoonish bubbles to convey speech (not too common in picture books as of now). So I returned it and located "Martha Calling" next. To my chagrin, the book is not quite as good as its predecessor. Yes, we still have that lovable puppy dog yabbering away and causing all sorts of kooky adventures, but the emotional impact found in the first book is lacking here.
Martha's just as talky as ever, but her new favorite toy is undoubtedly the phone. One day Martha's non-stop mouth helps her to win a radio contest. The prize is a free weekend for four at the cozy Come-On-Inn. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed at the inn in question. Disguising the dog as Grandma Martha, the week-end goes kablooey when a well-meaning housekeeper falls under the impression that Martha the dog has eaten Martha the Grandma. After some explanations on our protagonist's part, all ends up well and the inn remodels itself as a dog-friendly establishment.
Where in "Martha Speaks" we felt Martha's pain at being chastised for talking too much (a thing many children have to deal with once they themselves learn to talk), here the book is dealing with discrimination. Somehow, the more serious subject matter is less effective in the long run. There is plenty to be amused at in this book, no question. But it's just fluff in the end. Which is fine if all you're looking for is a bit of entertainment to read to the kiddies at night. Martha is a fine pooch to watch and there are plenty of little tiny tidbits to catch the eye. I was particularly taken with the final picture in the book of the many dogs and their owners dining at the now renamed Sit-n-Stay Hotel. To one side a cat crouches, eyeing the other animals while its owner cries, "Leave those dogs alone Liebchen!". I've suddenly been inspired to name my own cat Liebchen someday. By the way, make sure you understand who the SPCA is before reading this book with the kiddies. Martha mentions it more than once in her "No Dogs Allowed" anger. Otherwise, this is a perfectly nice of not overwhelmingly wonderful picture book.
martha calling Dec 24, 2001
I love this book. Anyone who has a dog will love this book. Actually, anyone will love this book. A funny, touching, story that is wonderfully illustrated. I know it's a children's book and they will love the story but it's also a great book for adults.
Especially good for dog lovers... Aug 26, 2001
I love reading this book to my kids age 3 and 6. It makes me laugh as well as them! I have given it as gifts several times. I especially enjoyed giving this to a vet. friend's son! The other Martha books are good too, but if you can only have one, I think this one is the best.
a passionate book about a passionate dog! Mar 3, 2000
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!