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The Witches' Supermarket (8x8 with stickers) (Martha Speaks)

Press: HMH Books for Young Readers; Stk edition (August 26, 2014)
Publication Date:2014-8-26
Author Name:Susan Meddaugh


"Has what it takes: suspense, humor, and intriguing clues. 
A book that's as much fun as Halloween itself." —School Library Journal While trick-or-treating on Halloween night, Helen and her dog Martha (begrudgingly dressed as a cat) walk into a very unusual supermarket.
One for witches and cats only! What will happen if the manager realizes the truth about them? This whimsical story by Susan Meddaugh is the first about Martha from PBS's Martha Speaks, before she got her paws on the alphabet soup that gave her the gift of gab.
This new 8" x 8" edition features a shiny foil cover and a sheet of stickers!

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Helen (dressed as a witch) and her dog Martha (dressed as a black cat) digress from their trick-or-treating to follow an elderly woman down a dark alley and into a grocery store. 
But why are the apples with worms more expensive than those without them? Why all that cat food but no dog food? Why such an incredible selection of specialized brooms? And why so many black cats all over the store? "Everyone is certainly ready for Halloween," Helen notes as she observes the shoppers' unusual attire.
Helen, and readers, puzzle together over all this strangeness, until the definitive clue reveals the store's true specialty.
Numerous touches in the pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are surprising and funny.
The weird and the familiar are blended with a tone just irreverent enough to keep it fresh.
Young readers will be tickled to see this twisted form of their familiar grocery market.
Lots of humorous details are offered for the observant; they are a riot, especially as a backdrop to Meddaugh's deadpan story delivery.
The Witches' Supermarket has what it takes: suspense, humor, and intriguing clues.
A book that's as much fun as Halloween itself.
--Liza Bliss, formerly at Leominster Public Library, MACopyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Helen is wearing a witch costume and her dog Martha is disguised as a black cat when they follow a lady who has dropped a coupon for a free broom into what turns out to be an emporium full of weird customers and gruesome groceries (lots of clever names: ``fast,'' ``traditional,'' and ``state-of-the art'' brooms; candies like ``Hot Cauldrons,'' ``Hava-Kava-T,'' and--in a touch of black humor--``Cherno-Belle Chewies''). 
After Helen (and readers) have had a chance to explore the delights revealed in the lively illustrations, she's discovered--but the mayhem Martha generates among the witches' cats allows dog and girl to escape to the street.
Imaginative Halloween fun.
(Picture book.
4-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The climactic double-spread havoc of witches and cats and flying brooms and groceries has energy as well as wit. 
Tasty stuff for eaters, readers, and trick-or-treaters." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Book Description

Hardcover edition:

About the Author

Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. 
She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts.
After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director.
While there, she did the illustrations for Good Stones (Houghton Mifflin) by Anne Epstein, and then decided to strike out on her own as a freelance illustrator and creator of children's books.
Since that time, Susan has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Martha Speaks, which was chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 1992.
In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work.
Her work also was acknowledged with a New York Times Best Illustrated Award.
She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.


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Comment List (Total:14)

  •     Very fun read for kids old enough to sit and enjoy about a 10 minute read. The story is excellent, and not scary at all so it stays fun. Lots of dynamics, trying doing a kind act leads to an encounter with with a witch's market, the book is worth it just to see what's on the shelves. The suspense of waiting to see how long the dog will behave with all the cats around, and lastly the clean get-a-way...lots of opportunity to interact with your "readees" while you page through the book. I found the kids loved to look for new things in the book all by themselves.

  •     Great new take on Halloween .

  •     I buy my grandsons books for each holiday and we read them when I babysit. This book was a lot of fun - the boys thought the groceries were grosss. Lots of "ew's. They will be reading this daily until Halloween and beyond.

  •     Nice story

  •     My daughter really loves this book!

  •     I ordered this book in hopes it would be a Halloween book with Martha talking. However, the only thing Martha says is "Grrr."


  •     Great book I remembered from my childhood! Funny pictures that got a snort from the parents even if the joke was a little too old for the kids!! Great quality for a used picture-book!! Happy purchase all around!!

  •     Bought is book after checking it out from the library. Cute and fun story.

  •     Story is so-so.... but my grand-daughter loved the items on the shelves.... who wouldn't like to have bat wings for dinner ?

  •     Oh Martha! What a cute story!! With Halloween just a short time away, this is a great book to get your child in the festive mood! My daughter loves that Martha is dressed as a cat- how silly. The trip through the supermarket is fantastic! The illustrations have labels that my kids love reading, "apples with worms!!" is a hit. It's such a great story!!

  •     I love this book! I had it as a child and bought it again as an adult. It still has all the magic I remembered. Very detailed illustrations are fun for little ones to pore over. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a magical Halloween themed book for their children.

  •     A very cute book to read with your little ones. My son loves this book and so do I. It's very fun and the names of the items at the supermarket are so funny. This is especially great to read around Halloween.

  •     all the little kids I gave this book to love it


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