Martha doesn't say sorry! and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Martha doesn't say sorry! Hardcover – May 1, 2009


See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$8.67 $0.01
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
100%20Children%27s%20Books%20to%20Read%20in%20a%20Lifetime

Frequently Bought Together

Martha doesn't say sorry! + Martha doesn't share!
Buy the selected items together
  • Martha doesn't share! $6.80

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316066826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316066822
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In her pink dress and headband, Martha looks the part of a ladylike otter child. And indeed, she is accomplished at giving hugs, sharing snacks, and making presents. But when she’s “not so nice,” she compounds the problem by stubbornly refusing to apologize. After a time-out proves insufficient, some parental tough love brings her around to a different point of view. Written with simplicity and a strong sense of narrative structure, the story conveys sympathy for Martha’s feelings while outwardly focusing on how she acts and what she wants. The sensitive colored-pencil drawings, tinted with watercolor washes, concentrate on the characters; with a minimum of props and no backgrounds, they spotlight the four members of Martha’s family and clearly express nuances of emotion with the mere tip of a snout or slant of an eyebrow. Both adults and children will enjoy the droll humor and good storytelling in this well-designed picture book. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan

Review

The watercolor-and-colored-pencil artwork encapsulates Martha's girliness, her better-than-thou attitude and her internal struggle with her conscience. Whatley's representations of body language and facial expression powerfully complement the text. An enjoyable introduction to what could be a new beloved character KIRKUS --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Samantha Berger writes and writes and writes (she even wrote *this*).

She has written picture books like CRANKENSTEIN! illustrated by Dan Santat (Little, Brown, 2013), WITCH SPA illustrated by Isabel Roxas (Dial, 2014), and SNOOZEFEST illustrated by Kristyna Litten (Dial, 2015) .

She also has written picture books like SANTA'S REINDEER GAMES illustrated by John Manders (Cartwheel, 2011), MARTHA DOESN'T SHARE illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Little, Brown 2011) and MARTHA DOESN'T SAY SORRY (2009), which won a Parents' Choice Award Honor.

She has written cartoons and promos for Nickelodeon and other networks for over a decade.
She has written comic books and commercials.
She has written movie trailers, theme songs, slogans, Upfronts, magazine articles, poems, TV-books, sticker books and professional books.

And when she ISN'T WRITING....

She's narrating audio books, traveling the world, and helping rescue dogs.

THEN...

she writes about that, too!

Samantha splits her time between New York City and sunny California.
These days, she's in Brooklyn, living in a dee-luxe apartment in the sky, with her Dingo-Chihuahua dog, Polly Pocket.

You can visit her at www.SamanthaBerger.com

Friend: www.facebook.com/samantha.berger.31
Fan: www.facebook.com/pages/Fans-of-Samantha-Berger/151603158199881
Follow: @BergerBooks

Samantha is represented by Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger, NYC

Customer Reviews

Martha the Otter!
Roland Gonzalez
My 3 year old daughter can't even read yet, and she's memorized every word in this book because she's made me read it to her every night for the past several weeks.
Chan Alvin
The book presents children with a great message through Martha and the illustrations are beautiful.
S. Serlen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NY Girl on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a fantastic book for children. The verse, illustrations and yes, even the subtle message, combine for a perfect read for my daughter. Martha has many relatable qualities and I love that she is a character that children can easily identify with. I predict that she will be a classic and I am looking forward to more from Martha!

I found Martha because we so enjoyed "It's Spring" by the same author - if you have not yet seen it, I would highly recommend it in addition to "Martha Doesn't Say Sorry".

Happy Reading!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Meehan on April 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Hooray for Martha! This book quickly became my daughter's favorite. She loves to mimic the smug expressions on the faces of this adorable otter family, especially her new heroine Martha. The best part is, the moral lesson of saying sorry is not lost on her, and I'm more than happy to reward her with piggy back rides just like Martha's father. Kudos to Berger and Whatley for putting together a funny tale with a great lesson we all could learn a little from.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Serlen on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Martha is such a fun, spunky new character. The book presents children with a great message through Martha and the illustrations are beautiful. We can't wait to buy the next Martha book!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Mellinger on August 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are into attachment parenting or empathic discipline - skip this book. It will make you angry and you'll feel sorry for poor Martha.

Martha acts like a normal, oh let's say, 4-year-old. In the beginning the book says she gives hugs and shares. That's because she understands those things. Then she dumps cookie dough on mom, paints dad, and makes loud noise while toddler brother sleeps. No one takes the time to explain how they feel when she does these things.

Then she wants to do things with her family. They *all* withhold their attention from her (ignore her) until she's forced to say a word she doesn't get! I'd argue the 4-year-old perceives love is being withheld until she says the word that everyone seems to think is great. OK. She said the word. Does she mean it? Does she even get it? Doubt it.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just purchased and read this WONDERFUL book. The main character has great attitude, and is as willful and defiant as any child I know. When she does something naughty, it is quite clear what's expected of her, and yet, SHE JUST CAN'T GET THE WORDS OUT! Your child (3-6 years old) will be captivated over and over by the charming illustrations of Martha's behavior and the outcome of the story. (You may even see some of yourself in Martha.) Hooray for Samantha Berger's insight into the subtleties of learning good manners.
I can't wait for the next book in the MARTHA series.
Martha Doesn't Say Sorry
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Kundreskas on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I got this book a week ago, and my 5 year old and 3 year old make me read it every night at bedtime! They laugh at Martha's antics, and can really relate to her naughtiness and her inability to apologize when necessary! The book is smart and the illustrations are clear. Berger and Whatley are a great team, and have created a thoroughly enjoyable children's book that teaches a lesson all parents and children can relate to. Funny, adorable, what else can I say? When is the next Martha book coming out??????
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Jen Arndt on April 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Berger and Whatley had me at the first upturned otter nose! Children and parents alike sympathize with Martha's difficulty in saying those three little words. This is a great book for anyone trying to teach their children some basic social skills while still asserting their independence.

I'm hoping that there is lots more Martha to come!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Pinchuk on April 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book from a wonderful writer! Ms. Berger gets it perfectly, the feeling kids get when they need to make things right. The illustrations are spot-on and really show the great range of character expressions. My daughter and I can't wait to read more about Martha in the near future!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?