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)
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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 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."--BookPage
Wichita Eagle, Great Gift Recommendations 2008