Books by Mary Murphy

A KISS LIKE THIS by Mary Murphy
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"Slim? Fleeting? Predictable? Yes, but the youngest listeners won't mind. Sure to inspire lots of cuddles and lip smacks. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Murphy (Utterly Lovely One, 2011) produces another bright slip of a title just right for the youngest toddlers. Read full book review >
UTTERLY LOVELY ONE by Mary Murphy
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A nice choice to share at bedtime or cuddled close, this provides a good introduction to animal babies for the youngest children, who will recognize the differing fledglings as being not unlike themselves. (Picture book. 1-4)"
There are many lovely babies in the world, but only one belongs to Mama… Read full book review >
PANDA FOO AND THE NEW FRIEND by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The friends' matter-of-fact exchange and ultimate acceptance of their newest member makes this an excellent tale to share with young readers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Murphy explores the delicate art of making new friends in this gentle preschool tale. Read full book review >
LITTLE OWL AND THE STAR by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The story is short and simple enough for toddlers and will make a wonderful introduction to the Christmas story for young listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this simple and touching Christmas story, Little Owl meets a bright and shining star who invites the young owl to follow along in the sky. Read full book review >
I KISSED THE BABY! by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"A knock-out in design and concept. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The excitement of a new arrival is proclaimed loudly and by all: "I saw the baby! Read full book review >
THE ALPHABET KEEPER by Mary Murphy
FICTION
Released: March 11, 2003

"A bright bit of imagination worthy of the old television show The Electric Company. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dark-haired lady in a shapeless overcoat keeps the letters of the alphabet caged until they escape into a witty and inventive story. Read full book review >
HOW KIND! by Mary Murphy
by Mary Murphy, illustrated by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"For just plain storytime fun or for introducing the concept of karma, this is a winner. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Good deeds beget good deeds in this graphically bold and bright celebration of benevolence. Read full book review >
SOME THINGS CHANGE by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Straightforward and accessible for the youngest reader, Murphy's tale offers children a comforting exploration of a challenging and oftentimes unsettling concept. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Murphy's trio of convivial penguins (Please Be Quiet!, 1999, etc.) returns, this time to demystify the nature of change for young readers. Read full book review >
PLEASE BE QUIET! by Mary Murphy
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"What goes around, comes around, in this jolly glimpse of a child's noisy needs. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Cheerful, flashy colors herald this book for toddlers from Murphy (Caterpillar's Wish, p. 454, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1999

"The bright coloring of her illustrations engages readers, as the puppies find a new adventure around every corner; the text is a terrific one to read a loud, subtly conveying with humor some time-honored lessons on ecology, sharing, and cooperation. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Readers journey through the seasons with puppies whose behavior resembles that of preschoolers. Read full book review >
CATERPILLAR'S WISH by Mary Murphy
Released: March 1, 1999

"The oversized format and thick, durable paper allow toddlers the freedom to manipulate the pages on their own, which they will, and frequently. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Little Caterpillar longs to fly away with friends Ladybird and Bee. Read full book review >