Houghton Mifflin Trade and Reference Division

Detailed Search


Press Release


The Witch's Walking Stick
written and illustrated by Susan Meddaugh

A little girl outwits a witch and gets revenge on her selfish siblings, too.

"Meddaugh's droll, economical prose is matched to perfection by her wonderfully expository artwork." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review


About the Book

It's just another bad day for poor Margaret, waking up to the sound of her older brother and sister yelling orders at her. Ever since her parents died, Margaret's mean and much bigger siblings have made her sweep the floor, chop the wood, fetch the water, cook the meals, and feed the pigs. Exhausted and fed up, she decides to run away into the forest.

As Margaret wanders through the forest wondering how she will survive, she meets a very old lady with a very sad story: a dog has run off with her precious walking stick. When the old lady promises a reward of three gold coins for its safe return, Margaret sets off to get it back. Things, however, are not what they appear. Little does she know the old lady is a witch, her reward a trick, and her walking stick a magic stick the witch has used to no good end. But little do the witch and her siblings know that Margaret is a very smart girl.

The creator of the beloved books about Martha the talking dog is back with a delightful new tale of magic, misuse, and wishes fulfilled.


About the Author

Susan Meddaugh is the creator of more than fourteen humorous and inventive books for children, including the wildly popular tales about Martha the talking dog. She has also illustrated numerous books for authors such as Eve Bunting and John Ciardi. Susan has won numerous state book awards, including the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award. Her book Martha Speaks was included on the New York Times Best Illustrated List in 1992. Susan is the 1998 recipient of the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work. She lives with her husband and son in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Please visit www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com for more information on Susan and her work.



Home | FAQ | Contact Us |Site Map
Privacy Policy | Trademark Information | Terms and Conditions of Use
Copyright © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.