Like all best friends, George and Martha do everything togetherâ€”go to the movies, play at the beach, and just hang around not doing much of anything. George and Martha teach each other (and adoring readers) that even in a close friendship, privacy is important, practical jokes can sometimes backfire, and among other things, pouring split pea soup into your loafers to spare the chefâ€™s feelings is not the best-laid plan. A man with a talent for friendship, James Marshall defined its very essence in his stories about the worldâ€™s two best friends. In this volume, all thirty-five episodes are brought together to celebrate friendship and two of the most lovable characters ever created. Each of these brief tales is filled with humor, and James Marshallâ€™s drawings are guaranteed to spark feelings of empathy, delight, and self-recognition.This collectorâ€™s edition includes an introduction by MauriceSendak as well as appreciations by some of the top authorsand illustrators working in childrenâ€™s publishing today.It is a true testament to James Marshall as an author, as an artist, and as a person that his work and his life inspired such a diverse and immensely talented group. Noted childrenâ€™s book historian Anita Silvey provides an afterword.