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Campfire Stories
Contributor(s): Meddaugh, Susan
ISBN: 0547970218     ISBN-13: 9780547970219
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2013
* Not available - Not in print at this time *Annotation: "When Martha, Helen, T.D., Alice, Truman, and Skits pitch a tent in Helen's back yard for the night, they expect to have a super-fun sleepover. But it doesn't take long for the s'mores (hold the chocolate, extra marshmallow) and the hand shadow puppet ideas to run out. What's this bored group of kids to do on a dark, quiet, summer night? Tell creepy campfire stories, of course!"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs.; bisacsh
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories.; bisacsh
JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012024088
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Series: Martha Speaks Chapter Books
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.34 lbs) 89 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
In these three chapter-book adaptations of teleplays from the TV series, Martha the talking dog shares ghost stories around a campfire, solves several curious capers as a dog detective, and shows her human friends what it means to be a canine. Martha's charm only lasts so long before overt lessons flatline the stories, though the character's fans will likely stay engaged. Glos. [Review covers these Martha Speaks titles: Campfire Stories, Detective Dog, and So You Want to Be a Dog?.]

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 July)

Gr 1–3—Martha the talking dog is back. Both books contain easy-to-read chapters that work as stand-alone tales. In Stories, the gang camps out in the backyard and decides to tell science-fiction stories. The characters relay quirky and entertaining plots that range from invading aliens to a nod to Poe with "The Telltale Artichoke Heart." In the first story in Dog, Helen's cousin turns into a collie. As with most body-swapping scenarios, each character comes away with a new appreciation of the other's life. The second story is all about T.D.'s idea to pretend to be a dog for a day. Of course, he finds out that being a canine is not as easy as it seems. Because of the bold, colorful illustrations, familiarity of the characters, and readability of the texts, these titles should prove to be a big hit with the beginning-reader crowd. Activities suggestions add to the appeal. Some of the vocabulary may prove to be challenging, but new words are repeated often and used in context throughout the short chapters. Good choices for Martha's many followers.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA

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