"In agile ink-and-watercolor illustrations, printed on a white background like the Curious George books, Meddaugh does for dogs what H. A. Rey does for monkeys." Publishers Weekly, starred review
What do people really want from a dog? When Otis Weaselgraft opens up his Perfect Pup Institute, promising to train even the most drooling, barking, flea-scratching, squirrel-chasing dog to be perfectly obedient in only three steps, Martha smells a rat. She knows dogs are already perfect. But Weaselgraft claims he can make manís best friend even better. Word of his amazing program spreads through the neighborhood, and soon half the dogs in town are enrolled at the Perfect Pup Institute. But Martha's on the scent of a scandal and, with the help of trusty Skits and her alphabet soup, gives Weaselgraft his comeuppance and restores the messy but lovable dogginess of her fellow canines.
Meddaugh's droll humor again comes through in her perfectly paced illustrations and text, complete with the now-familiar soup-induced commentary from Martha. Fans of the series will be glad to see their old friends doing so well, and newcomers will race to find the earlier books.
Susan Meddaugh began her career in childrenís books as a book designer and later an art director. During this time she illustrated her first picture book for another author. The experience inspired her to strike out on her own, and today she both writes and illustrates books for children. Her books are known for their quick wit, humor, and lively illustrations. Martha Speaks was included on the New York Times Best Illustrated Books list in 1992, and in 1998 she was the recipient of the New England Book Award for her body of work. Ms. Meddaugh lives with her husband and son in Sherborn, Massachusetts.
Additional Praise for Perfectly Martha
"Martha is the perfect mutt to raise the slogan 'Question Authority' to an art form: really, if you're not drinking from the toilet or scattering trash, are you being true to your inner dog?" Kirkus Reviews