Books by Stuart J. Murphy

FREDA SAYS PLEASE by Stuart J. Murphy
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Didacticism tops the charts with Freda, but co-publishing Carlos is on the money. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Normally very good at breaking down skills in a way that both teaches and entertains, the I See I Learn series missteps with this entry. Read full book review >
PERCY'S NEIGHBORHOOD by Stuart J. Murphy
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Pair with Paulette Bourgeois' In My Neighborhood series for a more in-depth look at some specific community helpers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An openly didactic exploration of the concept of a neighborhood and its community helpers, part of the useful, if unsubtle I See I Learn series. Read full book review >
FREDA IS FOUND by Stuart J. Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Solid series additions that teach useful skills and the power of practice. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Murphy's I See I Learn visual learning series continues with two new titles for children that focus on the cognitive skill of name writing and strategies to stay safe when lost. Read full book review >
PERCY GETS UPSET by Stuart J. Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

Murphy's I See I Learn series continues with two new titles aimed at teaching kids valuable emotional and social skills. Read full book review >
EMMA'S FRIENDWICH by Stuart J. Murphy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2010

Murphy's promising (if utilitarian) new series, I See I Learn, uses the concept of visual learning to help reinforce social, emotional, cognitive and health and safety skills. Read full book review >

TALLY O’MALLEY by Stuart J. Murphy
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Murphy takes on the ancient and deeply gratifying concept of tallying in this Level 2 entry in his MathStart series. Read full book review >

TREASURE MAP by Stuart J. Murphy
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Mapping" is the focus of this Level 3 title in Stuart's popular MathStart series. Read full book review >

EARTH DAY--HOORAY! by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

A level 3 in the much-loved-by-teachers MathStart series, Murphy's latest focus is on place value. Read full book review >

100 DAYS OF COOL by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

Murphy's latest entry in his popular MathStart series of easy-to-read math concept stories focuses on the 100th day of school celebration often observed in elementary school classrooms. Read full book review >

THE SUNDAE SCOOP by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

More math that kids—and not a few adults—can relate to, from the master of math concepts. Read full book review >

THE GRIZZLY GAZETTE by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

Teachers will cheer to learn that Murphy (Double the Ducks, above, etc.) has added percentages to his entertaining and educational series dealing with math concepts. Read full book review >

DOUBLE THE DUCKS by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

An adorably freckled farm boy caring for his five little ducks teaches young children what is involved when the five suddenly become ten. Read full book review >

BIGGER, BETTER, BEST! by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

This Math Start title entwines the basic geometry concept of area, with an engaging family story of sibling rivalry. Read full book review >

ONE...TWO...THREE... SASSAFRAS! by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Murphy sets up this beginning-level, math-concept outing to give readers a sense of numerical order, leading them down the road to place value. Read full book review >

SLUGGERS’ CAR WASH by Stuart J. Murphy
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

One of life's little skills—making change—gets an airing in yet another elementary math story from the indefatigable Murphy (see above, etc.). Read full book review >

SAFARI PARK by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

Murphy's introductory math concept endeavor is tailor-made for the picture book format. Read full book review >

BUG DANCE by Stuart J. Murphy
NATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

Murphy (Seaweed Soup, 2001, etc.) adds to his popular MathStart series with this well-meant but clumsy effort at creating a plot around the directional terms left, right, forward, and backward. Read full book review >

DINOSAUR DEALS by Stuart J. Murphy
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Murphy continues to amuse with math—quite a trick considering the amount of anxiety the subject manages to generate. Read full book review >

CAPTAIN INVINCIBLE AND THE SPACE SHAPES by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Captain Invincible is a sandy-haired boy astronaut, off on a space mission with his sandy-haired space-dog, Comet, in this addition to Murphy's popular MathStart series (Seaweed Soup, below, etc.). Read full book review >

SEAWEED SOUP by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

The talents of Murphy (Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes, above, etc.) and Remkiewicz (Froggy Eats Out, p. 414, etc.) add up to a humorous tale about sweet-natured Turtle, a charming host who invites a succession of sea creature friends to enjoy some of his fresh seaweed soup. Read full book review >

MISSING MITTENS by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

Murphy's newest addition to the MathStart series (Probably Pistachio, see below, etc.) introduces readers to the concept of odd and even numbers. Read full book review >

SHARK SWIMATHON by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

Two-digit subtraction is the subject of this MathStart picture book, which beats its one-note song slowly and relentlessly. Read full book review >

PROBABLY PISTACHIO by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

Jack is having a bad Monday morning in this MathStart (Level two) title, which painlessly slides probability into the story. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 31, 2000

PLB 0-06-028017-4 paper 0-06-446728-7 This rambunctious introduction to visual patterns and sequences is a strong addition to the MathStart series. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 31, 2000

PLB 0-06-027619-3 paper 0-06-446723-6 This entry in the MathStart series investigates the concepts of calendar time through the events of a kitten's first year. Read full book review >

ROOM FOR RIPLEY by Stuart J. Murphy
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

PLB 0-06-027621-5 paper 0-06-446724-4 Room For Ripley (32 pp.; $15.95; PLB $15.89; paper $4.95; Sept. 30; 0-06-027620-7; PLB 0-06-027621-5; paper 0-06- 446724-4) Murphy (see review, above) ably conveys the role of volume in measurement for this MathStart entry, but the story he uses as a vehicle is dull. Read full book review >

RABBIT'S PAJAMA PARTY by Stuart J. Murphy
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

PLB 0-06-027617-7 paper 0-06-446722-8 New to the MathStart series is this quick take on sequencing, although almost any story with a beginning, middle, and end would serve as well. Read full book review >

SUPER SAND CASTLE SATURDAY by Stuart J. Murphy
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 31, 1999

PLB 0-06-027613-4 This entry in the MathStart series explores the hazards of measuring in nonstandard units. Read full book review >

HENRY THE FOURTH by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 31, 1999

PLB 0-06-027611-8 In this entry in the MathStart series, Murphy (Lemonade For Sale, p. 1711, etc.) uses an engaging tale about an amateur dog show to present the concept of ordinal numbers and how they are an integral part of daily life. Read full book review >

THE GREATEST GYMNAST OF ALL by Stuart J. Murphy
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

In Jabar's smudgy, action-filled illustrations for this MathStart entry, Zoe is a charming, freckled "greatest gymnast of them all"—in her own words—and demonstrates her expertise while introducing opposites: over, under, high, low, backward, forward, up, down, inside, outside, near, far. Read full book review >

CIRCUS SHAPES by Stuart J. Murphy
FICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 1998

Murphy (Betcha!, p. 1460, etc.) adds to the MathStart series with a book about shapes, presenting them in no less than three rings. Read full book review >

LEMONADE FOR SALE by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 31, 1998

This lively entry in the MathStart series (see review above) introduces elementary bar graphing, plus some rudiments of marketing, as the members of the Elm Street Kids Club refill their depleted piggybank by opening a lemonade stand. Read full book review >

BETCHA! by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

Playing with numbers—that's what this book from Murphy (The Best Vacation Ever, 1997, etc.) is all about. Read full book review >

THE BEST VACATION EVER by Stuart J. Murphy
FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

This entry in the MathStart series demonstrates that collecting data and tabulating results can help the decision- making process. A girl with an active, overscheduled family puts math to work to coordinate a family expedition. Read full book review >