Haiku Review: The (Epic) Tale of a Library Dog…


Good afternoon lovelies! I have an extra specialmartha and rhythm offering for you today from one of my very special blog-mates, and winner of the prestigious Gargie Award, Rhythm, the library dog!  Yes, today’s poem will honour Rhythm’s first (autobiographical!) tome, Reading with Rhythm: The Tale of a Library Dog. I was hoping she’d go for the pun and make it the “tail” of a library dog, but that’s just me.  The cover says it’s by Janet Mills, but she must have been the assisting typist as the content is very clearly in the voice of the puppy we know and love.

This colourful and appealing picture book delves into the lives of dogs who work for a living, be they therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, guide dogs for the vision-impaired, hunting dogs, guard dogs or library dogs (the best kind).  Alongside Rhythm’s explanation of the different working roles open to enterprising canines, is a little brief of what the grand lady herself enacts as a dog-about-the-library. Or school. Or Wherever, as the need arises.

The illustrations are very appealing and give the book a fun and engaging overall look.  You can read more about the illustrator, Paul Howell, here at Rhythm’s own blog. Here’s an example, followed by my review:

rhythm illustrations

Pups with a purpose

illustrate the old saying

working like a dog”

Had I been blessed with opposable digits, I would be giving this book two thumbs up.  Suffice to say, it will appeal greatly to the little ones, and would be an interesting side-discussion in early years curriculum relating to roles people (and fur-people) play in the community.

Rhythm’s book is available for purchase at Amazon, and while you’re clicking around, you can check out her blog (and fantastic flair with themed doggy costumes) at www.readingwithrhythm.wordpress.com.

Adios amigos!

Mad Martha


Weekend Gargies: Congratulations go to…..


Yes indeed, I have seen fit to spring a Gargie award presentation on you all!  In case you are unaware, the Gargie awards (also known by their official name, The Order of the Stony Groove) are bestowed upon those deserving individuals (fleshing or otherwise) who have served their community in some important way.

Official Gargie Award Badge

Official Gargie Award Badge

This time around it is a collective award.  Today’s Gargie goes to the hostesses of the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


For those who don’t know, the Kid Lit Blog Hop happens twice a month and is a place for bloggers with any kind of interest in children’s literature or literacy to link up posts and mosey through the posts of others.  I am a regular linker-upper-er, and therefore it is high time I acknowledged the outstanding contribution of this particular hop to bloggers of a bookish persuasion.

The hostesses of this hop (and winners of this round’s Gargie) are listed below for your perusing pleasure:

Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max

Heidi @ Geo Librarian

Sue @ Kid Lit Reviews

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews

Julie Grasso, Author of Escape From the Forbidden Planet/Blogger

Congratulations to all!  The requirements of the Gargie award are entirely non-onerous and optional, but for those who are interested and prepared to take on the challenge, here they are.

1. Display the award badge prominently  on your site….if you want…and link back to the person who nominated you…for courtesy’s sake.

2. Publish a post to inform the world of your great achievement…..unless you can’t be bothered.

3. Nominate some fellow bloggers (who have been outstanding in their field…figuratively or literally) and tell us the particular way in which they have excelled….if you feel inclined.

4. Indicate to your nominees that they have received the award….provided you have completed step three.

Now I must away and indulge in some form of relaxing beverage before the excitement causes my horns to fracture.

Until next time,


Accolades aplenty: Gargie Awards Round 2…


Happy Gargoyle New Year!!!! Yes, it’s finally arrived! Gargoyle New Year is an exciting time in the shelf-verse, requiring the drinking of fermented stone beverages and the wearing of party hats and the blowing of festive party kazoos and such.  Traditionally in Gargoyle culture, the new year is the perfect time for telling people what you really think of them.  While this tradition was developed with the intention of strengthening bonds of friendship for the coming year, it has nevertheless been the cause of more than a few fatal clawings and bites that later turned septic.  You’ll be pleased to know however, that I intend to engage with this tradition in the spirit in which it was intended by presenting some deserving blogs with that accolade of accolades….the GARGIE!

Official Gargie Award Badge

Official Gargie Award Badge

For those unfamilar with this prestigious award, you can find the origins explained hereSuffice to say, it is an award that honours those bloggers who have provided outstanding services in their particular fields…..and without further ado, the winners of the second round of awards are:

The Other Courtney….for services to those struggling against odd and/or inconvenient adversities!

Bookwitch…..for services to readers, particulary in the area of allowing readers to connect with their favourite authors through the magic of the interview!

The Angry Pear….for services rendered in furthering the cause of pear culture in society!

Bibliophilesisters…for services to the world of young people’s fiction, particularly in the area of making reading cool! (Yes, I know there was no possible way that I could write that sentence without making it sound blatantly uncool….)

and last but not least….

Amelie’s Bookshelf….for services to the promotion of children’s literacy and stay-at-home-parenting, and reading to kids! (But mainly for reviewing interesting children’s books that I mostly haven’t come across yet…)


The requirements for accepting this award are in no way onerous and there is no pressure to do anything with it except bask in a warm glow of love and acceptance from the Gargoyle community….Congratulations!

Until next time




Introducing….the GARGIE AWARDS!


Greetings all! To celebrate my musings attaining 50 followers, I have decided on a new theme, and more importantly, to recognise my fellow bloggers for services rendered to the blogosphere and beyond.  To that end today marks the first ever round of conferrals of the GARGIE AWARD!

Allow me to explain.  In gargoyledom, the most prestigious award that can be attained is known as the Order of the Stony Groove and is conferred upon deserving gargoyles who have served the greater population in a particular field.  After applying to the High Council for matters relating to gargoyle-fleshling relations, I am happy to say I have been approved as an official bearer of a modified version of the award…henceforth known as the GARGIE!

The obligations attached to the Gargie Award are as follows:

1. Display the award badge prominently  on your site….if you want.

2. Publish a post to inform the world of your great achievement…..unless you can’t be bothered.

3. Nominate some fellow bloggers (who have been outstanding in their field…figuratively or literally) and tell us the particular way in which they have excelled….if you feel inclined.

4. Indicate to your nominees that they have received the award….provided you have completed step three.

Without further ado, the inaugral recipients of the Order of the Stony Groove (Fleshling Category), otherwise known as the Gargie Award are:

READING WITH RHYTHM http://readingwithrhythm.wordpress.com/ for services to canine-fleshling literacy development

1001 CHILDREN’S BOOKS http://1001kidsbooks.wordpress.com/ for services to me personally (in terms of book recommendations!) and to fleshlings opposed to aging.

FANTASTIC BOOK BLOG http://fantasticbookblog.wordpress.com/ for services to unmissable book covers that would otherwise never again have seen the light of day.

BOOK TO THE FUTURE http://bookmust.wordpress.com/ for services to non-pervy introverts with internet access and an interest in books

Congratulations my pretties!  Your hard work has been recognised by gargoyle kind.

I will continue to confer awards as I see fit, possibly on a semi-regular basis, if I remember.

Until next time,