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. Pragmatic Martha never lets flattery go to her head and is always ready to stick up for her friends, even when it means facing off with the most ferocious canine the neighborhood has ever seen. When Bob gets off his chain, Martha has to run for her life; cornered under the bushes, she is waiting for the feel of Bob's jaws around her throat when rescue comes from an unexpected source--a parrot that Martha has been instructing in kind phrases. Bob calms down in the face of the parrot's praise. This humorous portrayal of the power of words to alter behavior is one that even very young listeners will appreciate.