Books by Susan Meddaugh

JUST TEENIE by Susan Meddaugh
Released: April 10, 2006

"It's just a matter of angle and perspective, like life and the pursuit of happiness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Life is about perspective, suggests Meddaugh in this tale of a little girl—a really little girl—who'd not only like to grow up, she'd just like to plain grow. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 29, 2005

"Meddaugh's droll, economical prose is matched to perfection by her wonderfully expository artwork. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Meddaugh's wacky, and highly pleasurable, Cinderella-like tale doesn't need any prince for Margaret (as our Cinderella is known) to escape the demands of her lazy and cruel siblings, just a near-spent magic walking stick. Read full book review >
PERFECTLY MARTHA by Susan Meddaugh
Released: March 29, 2004

"Martha is the perfect mutt to raise the slogan 'Question Authority' to an art form: really, if you're not drinking from the toilet or scattering trash, are you being true to your inner dog? (Picture book. 4-8)"
Martha, the dog who took alphabet soup to new heights, smells a rat when the dogs in her neighborhood start behaving too obediently after a course with Otis Weaselgraft's Perfect Pup Institute. Read full book review >
HARRY ON THE ROCKS by Susan Meddaugh
Released: April 28, 2003

"More perceptive readers may vaguely detect some symbolism in this sketchy episode, but for tales on the theme of unlikely parentage, Lynn Reiser's Surprise Family (1994) still sets the standard. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Meddaugh's newest is a William Steig-like tale of a lonely castaway who inadvertently becomes a parent. Read full book review >
MARTHA AND SKITS by Susan Meddaugh
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"If it flies or floats, it's history. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Meddaugh tucks an unobtrusive lesson about valuing differences into this tale of doggy devotion, her fifth featuring the ever-popular Martha. Read full book review >
THE BEST PLACE by Susan Meddaugh
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Meddaugh (Martha Walks the Dog, 1998, etc.) tells a funny tale, with lesson that even young listeners will appreciate; the story's surprising twists and unpredictable outcome will make children turn to this one again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Could it be that the grass really is greener on the other side of the porch? Read full book review >
MARTHA WALKS THE DOG by Susan Meddaugh
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This humorous portrayal of the power of words to alter behavior is one that even very young listeners will appreciate. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Words can heal—that's the moral Martha (Martha Blah Blah, 1996, etc.) the talking dog unexpectedly learns when she tangles with Bob, the "BAD DOG" of the neighborhood. Read full book review >
CINDERELLA'S RAT by Susan Meddaugh
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Humor permeates the tale, while clever twists shape it; as in William Steig's best work, the language is spare and catchy, the telling is droll, and pictures and text combine perfectly. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This spinoff from the Cinderella story is an instant classic—children will love it, while adults who read it aloud will admire the imagination and talent Meddaugh (Martha Blah Blah, 1996, etc.) exhibits in this highly original tale. Read full book review >
MARTHA BLAH BLAH by Susan Meddaugh
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Without this particular dog, they would have fewer laughs. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Corporate downsizing has a dismaying effect on the loquacious, alphabet-soup-slurping heroine of Martha Speaks (1992) and Martha Calling (1994). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The text may be too minimal to inspire children who don't share Annie's interests; to them she may come across as frenetic in the extreme, despite the best efforts of Meddaugh, whose illustrations are all sharp black outlines and splashes of candy color. (Picture book. 3+)"
Annie wants to be the most beautiful kid in the world for her grandmother, who is coming to dinner. Read full book review >
HOG-EYE by Susan Meddaugh
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A charming picture book, for all shelves. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Meddaugh (Martha Calling, 1994, etc.) introduces us to a piglet heroine worthy of Mary Rayner's porcine family (Mr. and Mrs. Pig's Evening Out, 1976, etc.) in a delightful adventure, presented in cheerful watercolors and scathing parental asides. Read full book review >
MARTHA CALLING by Susan Meddaugh
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Rarely do sequels have such zip. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Martha, a dog, takes command of the human language after eating a bowl of alphabet soup. Read full book review >
THAT TERRIBLE BABY by Jennifer Armstrong
Released: April 1, 1994

"Anyone, child or parent, who's tried to keep up with a rogue infant is sure to chortle at this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clad in black-and-white stripes and with an impish gleam in its eye, the baby prowls, ripping Eleanor's poster from the wall and a tablecloth from under Mark's house of cards and causing both sibs to cry, ``Stop that baby.'' Baby howls, Mom comes running, Baby smiles beatifically, and the older kids are blamed and made to clean up. Read full book review >
THE BEST HALLOWEEN OF ALL by Susan Wojciechowski
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Meddaugh's bright, cartoony art nicely extends the action and humor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From his first year, Ben's parents assiduously provide him with homemade Halloween costumes—clever, but usually casting him as sidekick to older brother Michael (rabbit to his magician or angel to his devil) and not always comfortable—the wooden cheese wedge (Michael is a mouse) is too heavy and the robot (paired with its scientist creator) too hot inside. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"After Helen (and readers) have had a chance to explore the delights revealed in the lively illustrations, she's discovered—but the mayhem Martha generates among the witches' cats allows dog and girl to escape to the street. Imaginative Halloween fun. (Picture book. 4-8)*justify no*"
Helen is wearing a witch costume and her dog Martha is disguised as a black cat when they follow a lady who has dropped a coupon for a free broom into what turns out to be an emporium full of weird customers and gruesome groceries (lots of clever names: ``fast,'' ``traditional,'' and ``state-of-the art'' brooms; candies like ``Hot Cauldrons,'' ``Hava-Kava-T,'' and—in a touch of black humor—``Cherno-Belle Chewies''). Read full book review >
NO NAP by Susan Meddaugh
illustrated by Susan Meddaugh, by Eve Bunting
Released: Sept. 23, 1989

"Irrepressible Susie is endearingly true to life; Meddaugh's cartoon-like illustrations catch the situation's humor, as well as Mom's consternation when she comes home to a mess—and the still wide-eyed child."
With Susie left in his care, Dad spends the afternoon trying to get her tired enough to nap—until Dad falls asleep. Read full book review >