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GEORGE AND MARTHA ENCORE by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1973

The idyllic friendship of those shy pin-eyed, buck-toothed hippos ambles on through Martha's dance recital, George's unsuccessful attempt to disguise himself as an Indian, a French lesson ("Voulez-vous m'embrasser?"), and the planting of cut tulips in Martha's garden; it even survives Martha's bad case of sunburn because "George never said 'I told you so!'" The "two great chums," decked out here in dancing costumes and enormous horizontal striped bathing suits, have grown tamer since their first outing, but their ingenuous exercises in mutual admiration are worth the encore. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND MARTHA by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: March 29, 1972

"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."
"Five stories about two great friends" — a pair of hippos named George and Martha. Read full book review >

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GEORGE MARSHALL by Debi Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A yeoman's effort in service of an admirable subject in need of more good studies about him."
A biography of George Marshall (1880-1959) focusing on the general's overall decency rather than his strategic brilliance. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND MARTHA ROUND AND ROUND by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"In this eighth book about the pair—just as fresh and original as the first—Marshall's illustrations are as wonderful, witty, and wise as his text."
Five more stories explore the vicissitudes of an excellent friendship between two strong-minded hippopotamuses who often Crud themselves at odds but always summon the tact to avoid hurting each other's feelings—and also indulge in enough tit-for-tat to let each other know how they feel, and to keep the laughs coming. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND MARTHA TONS OF FUN by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 29, 1980

"She saw that the photograph was pretty funny after all'—a concession that pretty well illustrates why this picture-book friendship endures."
Misunderstandings, twinges of guilt, petty deceptions, and the loss of a birthday gift are winningly overcome in this latest set of five brief tales about Marshall's ludicrously buoyant hippos. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND MARTHA ONE FINE DAY by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1978

"Another winner."
Another quintet of minitales, filled out by the blimpy shapes of Marshall's inseparable hippopotami. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND MARTHA BACK IN TOWN by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1984

"The magic, as always, is the economy of means."
Further episodes—some characteristically sly, each one engaging—in the delicately balanced friendship of portly hippos George and Martha. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND MARTHA RISE AND SHINE by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 29, 1976

"To see Martha carrying a dainty pocketbook or hopping on her pogo stick, or George rump end up among the seats at the movie house or leaping onto the chandelier (and off the top of the page) at the sight of a snake, is to recognize the sunny incongruity that made them a success."
Five more tiny stories about Marshall's absurdly bloated-looking hippos—who though not blind to each other's foibles, are admirably indulgent. Read full book review >

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JAMES MARSHALL'S MOTHER GOOSE by James Marshall
POETRY
Released: Sept. 28, 1979

"When Marshall is good he's pretty funny, and when he's bad he's not horrid, merely flat."
You'll skip right through this Mother Goose—partly because Marshall's selections are consistently bouncy and light, but partly because his goofy, one-note pictures don't often invite poring over. Read full book review >

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MARTHA AND SKITS by Susan Meddaugh
ANIMALS
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 >

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER WONDERFUL DOG by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1991

"Predictably unpredictable and genuinely funny; and, of course, the art here is not only wickedly satirical but done with exceeding skill. (Folklore/Picture book. 4+)"
Marshall doesn't retell this old favorite, as he did in his revisionary nursery tales (Red Riding Hood, 1987); he uses it as springboard for a series of outrageously risible illustrations of the jowly old lady and her jowly pet frequenting imaginatively conceived shops or cozily at home, reading The Daily Drool or engaged in other industrious or self-indulgent pursuits. Read full book review >

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BRAVE MARTHA AND THE DRAGON by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Combined with the secularity of the retelling, the book needn't scare away those who object to more overtly religious parables. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Reading more like a mini-mystery than a myth of early Christianity, this book retells the legend of Saint Martha, who, after witnessing her brother Lazarus rise from the dead, went to Tarascon, France, and tamed a dragon that terrorized the village. Read full book review >