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This collector's edition includes an introduction by Maurice Sendak as well as appreciations by some of the top authors and illustrators working in children's publishing today.It is a true testament to James Marshall as an author, as an artist, and as a person that his work and his life inspired such a diverse and immensely talented group. Noted children's book historian Anita Silvey provides an afterword.
- ISBN-13: 9780618891955
- ISBN-10: 0618891951
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
- Publish Date: September 2008
- Page Count: 368
- Reading Level: Ages 7-10
- Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
Series: George & Martha Early Reader (Library)
The best best friends
Writer James Marshall gave us a lifetime of characters who will never stop being funny, dear and spectacularly spot-on. The Stupids, the Cut-Ups, Eugene, Fox, Portly McSwine and Space Case are just a few from his more than 75 books, and don't forget his hysterical renderings of fairy tales like The Three Little Pigs and Hansel and Gretel. To rank them in order of wit and wonder would be an impossible task. However, too much can never be made of the particularly perfect duo of George and Martha.
Marshall, who died in 1992, wrote and illustrated seven George and Martha books35 stories altogetherand all are collected in George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends. The adventures of the two hippos range from mild to outrageous, but always involve some kind of insight into the ups and downs and sideways of real friendship. The stories are super shortindeed, that is part of their charmand always leave readers and listeners wanting more. The best reviews come from the little experts who sit on laps and hear these stories for the first or 500th time. George and Martha are, quite simply, tons of fun.