Martha Speaks (book)

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Martha Speaks
Author Susan Meddaugh
Illustrator Meddaugh
Country United States
Series Martha Speaks
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date
September 1992[1]
Media type Paper
Pages 35 pp
Followed by Martha and Skits

Martha Speaks is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Susan Meddaugh, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1992. It is the first in a series of six books featuring a girl's pet dog named Martha.


The book features a ten-year-old girl named Helen Finney, who fed her Golden Retriever dog Martha some alphabet soup and something very mysterious occurred. The soup went to Martha's brain, instead of her stomach. When the letters got into her throat, they lost their way, so they traveled to her brain instead. This gave Martha the ability to speak.