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George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends Collector's Edition (George & Martha Early Reader) Hardcover – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Series: George & Martha Early Reader
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Collectors edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618891951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618891955
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

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. No matter that they happen to be gigantic hippopotami, they learn the same lessons humans do about the ups and downs of true friendship. 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.

What's remarkable about the stories in this wonderful collection is the emotion James Marshall infuses into his understated, charming text and illustrations. Each brief tale is always humorous, never preachy, and his drawings--deceptively simple in appearance--are guaranteed to spark feelings of empathy, delight, and self-recognition. Maurice Sendak, in his foreword to this 25th anniversary compilation edition of all 35 stories, notes, "Those dear, ditzy, down-to-earth hippos bring serious pleasure to everybody, not only to children. They are time-capsule hippos who will always remind us of a paradise in publishing and--both seriously and comically--of the true, durable meaning of friendship under the best and worst conditions." (Ages 4 and up) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Marshall...was a lion in children's publishing, and the humanity and humor of this lovely book will delight both children and adults."--The Buffalo News

"Young readers will enjoy having these hilarious and heartwarming stories about these two delightful characters in one easy-to-access place, while adults will value the commentary, which touches upon Marshall’s personality as well as his artistic genius."--SLJ Extra Helping

"[George and Martha] remain . . . two of the more elegant and finely detailed characters in children's literature . . . The new George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends will guarantee at least a month of delightful bedtimes. It will produce belly laughs to be treasured by the moms, dads and grandparents."--The Sunday Plain Dealer

"The stories are super short—indeed, that is part of their charm—and 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."--BookPage

Wichita Eagle, Great Gift Recommendations 2008


More 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.

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The stories are funny and sweet.
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We've only read half the book, but both my 3 1/2 year old and I have enjoyed it.
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It is a book that even an adult without children might enjoy reading.
J. D. Fegler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca -6 years on October 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a family we have read this book numerous times and love it. They are best friends. They are really funny when they are frightened.My sister aged 4 loves the stories and they are simple enough for me to read to her. Every child should read this book.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Edward Aycock on May 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I showed this book to a friend of mine when we were both graduate students. He rolled his eyes, but when I came back into the room after having stepped out for a moment, he was laughing at it. A co-worker of mine was looking for some book recommendations, and I suggested this one for his nieces and nephews. He told me he could not make it all the way through the book when he was reading it out loud to them because he was laughing so hard he was crying. Do I need to say anything else to persuade you to buy this book? George and Martha are two of the funniest children's book characters of all time, and James Marshall is a much missed genius of children's stories. Enjoy it. You may even find yourself reading it once the kids have gone to bed.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a second grade teacher I have read George and Martha to hundreds of seven and eight year olds. This book is about what true friendship really is. Knowing the stories by heart I sometimes double over laughing before I even read the page. When I ask, "Who's your teacher's favorite author?" Everyone responds, "James Marshall!!" This anthology was a true gift and one of my prized posessions. If I could have just one book on a desert island, this would be it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cecelia on January 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Have you or anyone you know ever been troubled by the complexities of friendship? This endearing collection of vignettes in the lives of two very dear friends, models how to get through the peaks and troughs of human relations. I have had two best friends for over thirty years and I know friendships take a lot of work. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote wonderfully about friendship but James Marshall wrote these profoundly simple, almost poetic stories about two hippos who err, forgive, sacrifice, love, and put up with each other in a most charming and edifying fashion that everyone can understand. George and Martha books are adored by children and adults; they are well illustrated, in simple language and highly allegorical. I have given them as greeting cards to celebrate, apologize, teach, support, and grovel. I bought this full collection as a birthday present for a teenager who loved the stories as a child, and deeply appreciates the lessons as an emerging adult. (Frankly, I wanted to keep it for myself -- but that would have been too selfish, so I bought another.) Enjoy this book and benefits of dear friends.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I met George and Martha when I was a kid and grew to love their antics. Now, as an adult, I love to introduce them to a new generation of kids. What I particularly appreciate is that neither of these two characters is perfect. George peeks in windows; Martha can be vain. They both have bouts of naughtiness. Still, while their antics are different in each story, the message is the same: When you love someone, you forgive his foibles with the same enthusiasm that you celebrate his virtues.
I'll take "George and Martha" over "The Book of Virtues" any day!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Fegler VINE VOICE on July 9, 2001
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We started watching the George and Martha TV series while living in Australia. I don't know who is more enamoured with the series - my daughters, or myself. These stories, different from the tv show as far as I can tell, all teach a lesson in friendship. It's a fun way to let those lessons about being a good friend sink in with your child. George and Martha are hilarious, and we love following their adventures. It is a book that even an adult without children might enjoy reading. A real page turner and a well made, quality book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm going broke buying copies for friends, relatives' children, etc. No way am I going to give up MY copy. It's simply too essential to my sense of humor and mental health. I'm just glad someone had the incredible idea to compile a collection of George and Martha's adventures into one tome. THANK YOU! As far as I'm concerned, George and Martha are just as real as any humans I ever met (and a lot more fun than most!). Their trials and travails reflect what all of us deal with in trying to stay true blue to our pals. I miss James Marshall so much. It's hard to believe we won't get any new adventures in the George and Martha saga (did you know he named them after the main characters in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? "). The mind wobbles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1997
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As the mother of a 3-year old who constantly clamors "Read me a story!" I can't say how happy I was she got this for Christmas! It is a struggle to stop at just one, or five, or ten stories. George and Martha are enchanting, and we laugh out loud at the dry humor of the stories and the drawings. A+!
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