George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends Collector's Edition

George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends Collector's Edition

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Like all best friends, George and Martha do everything together--go to the movies, play at the beach, and just hang around not doing much of anything. George and Martha teach each other (and adoring readers) that even in a close friendship, privacy is important, practical jokes can sometimes backfire, and among other things, pouring split pea soup into your loafers to spare the chef's feelings is not the best-laid plan. A man with a talent for friendship, James Marshall defined its very essence in his stories about the world's two best friends. In this volume, all thirty-five episodes are brought together to celebrate friendship and two of the most lovable characters ever created. Each of these brief tales is filled with humor, and James Marshall's drawings are guaranteed to spark feelings of empathy, delight, and self-recognition.

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.

Author: James Marshall
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 09/01/2008
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.70lbs
Size: 9.40h x 8.60w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780618891955
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2009 pg. 33 - Recommended, Satisfactory

About the Author
James Marshall (1942-1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children's books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master's degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life's work as one of the finest creators of children's books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.