No, Chowder is not physically on top of Martha, although that's not an impossible scenario. I can just picture him slobbering all over her.
Chowder by Peter Brown, will be a recommended holiday gift by Martha Stewart on her tv show! It'll be on in most areas tomorrow (Thursday,12/14/06) at 10 am on NBC, but check your local listings and tune in!
Unfortunately, Chowder has been selling so well that our warehouse has been out of stock for about a month (I know, I know, bad timing for the holidays--the reprint is due in mid-January), and Amazon.com and bn.com are out, too, but it should still be available at a local bookstore near you! Check out Book Sense for availability.