There are many things that Martha does. But one thing she doesn't say is "sorry"! When Martha discovers that cookies, piggyback rides, and hugs aren't for people who won't apologize, she decides it might be time to reconsider. The irresistible Martha will remind readers with humor and heart that apologizing isn't that bad. It can even be fun, sometimes. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.
Samantha Berger has always loved children's books, cartoons, and comics waaay more than saying sorry. And she still does! She grew up (kinda) to write for Nickelodeon and create stories just like this one. she is the author of Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, Martha Doesn't Share, and Crankenstein. Samantha lives in New York City with her dog who never apologizes (even when she steals meatballs off the table).
Bruce Whatley never had to say sorry when he was little--at least that's what his Mum says. He still likes to play with crayons and paint. His most favorite thing in the world to paint is people. But they don't like it when he gets it in their ears! Oops...sorry! Bruce lives in Australia with his wife, Rosie, and their two grown-up children.
Martha, a young otter, is a girl of many accomplishments and social graces (She does give hugs. She does share her snack. She does make presents. She does read stories). But apologizing is definitely not her thing, and after a spectacular day of misbehaving, her family draws the line. No apology? Then no cookies, piggyback rides or hugs. Can Martha rise to the occasion? Comparisons to Olivia may be inevitable, and while Martha isn't playing in that league, she has plenty of charm. Whatley's minimalist composition approach, used to great effect in Diary of a Wombat, returns, though his single-plane perspective grows monotonous. But he never overplays his hand, and his astute portraits (the family members are especially good at upturned noses of disapproval) should elicit giggles. Berger (Junior Goes to School) is a sly, sharp writer who clearly understands just how much is at stake for her heroine, which should make the message go down easy with readers. Ages 36. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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