Author and illustrator Susan Meddaugh is best known for her picture books about Martha--a feisty dog who develops the ability to speak after eating a can of alphabet soup. After graduating from Wheaton College, Meddaugh moved to Boston where she became a designer of children's books at Houghton Mifflin. As she helped bring the works of other authors and illustrators to life, Meddaugh was inspired to create her own books for children. Her first book, TOO SHORT FRED, was published in 1978. Meddaugh's most famous character, Martha, was inspired by her own pet dog.
"Bright with watercolor washes, the cartoon-like ink drawings ensure the book's immediate appeal...A hysterical tail--er, tale."
From the Publisher
When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, she begins to speak. But Helen finds that having a talking dog poses some big problems.
The day Helen gave Martha dog her alphabet soup, something unusual happened. The letters in the soup went up to Martha's brain instead of down to her stomach.
When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, the letters in the soup travel directly to Martha's brain and she develops the ability to speak. At first, Helen is delighted to have a talking dog, but she soon finds that having such a pet causes a lot of problems. Will Martha's big mouth bring Helen and her pet fame and fortune or will they end up in the doghouse instead? Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1992.
Problems arise when Martha, the family dog, learns to speak after eating alphabet soup.