George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends

George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends


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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 MauriceSendak as well as appreciations by some of the top authorsand 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395851586
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Series: George and Martha Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 8.76(w) x 9.64(h) x 1.35(d)
Lexile: 350L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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.


Ridgefield, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

June 10, 1928

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York


Art Students' League

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George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
George and Martha have such a wonderful friendship; one of the great things about it is that it's not saccharine - both George and Martha are prickly and finicky and sometimes inadvertantly mean to each other. But they forgive each other and love each other, regardless. I like how each book is formatted as a short story, but somehow all 5 stories in each book end up tying back into each other by the end. I also love the sheer size of George and Martha and how the books shows them barely squeezing into theater seats and the like. I also looooooove all of Martha's skirts. She's got great taste!The illustrations are masterful compositions and so much personality is conveyed in the eye-dots! James Marshall was truly amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1st time I read George & Martha was as an adult. I read the complete stories book. George & Martha mirrored situations I've experienced with my friend, but they did it with humor & sensitivity. This book will help you laugh at yourself and feel better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember the fear in the pit of my stomach when my grandmother would come out of the kitchen with a pot of this strange green substance called 'split pea soup'. Why am i telling you this? Because it was George who taught me that if you give it a chance, it really isn't as bad as it looks. I have fond memories of all the stories in this collection. I recommend it to everyone! My mom read them to me and i hope to share them with my children.