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

"Two more solid entries to a useful, if not particularly artful series. (Picture book. 3-5)"
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

"Backmatter includes a list of follow-up questions and activities. (Picture book. 3-5)"
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

"A few mapping activities are included in the back that prove the most useful aspect of this questionable purchase. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7+)"
"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

"Bendall-Brunello does his best with watercolor-and-pencil illustrations that attempt to make the multi-ethnic group of kids lively and peppy, but this effort remains lukewarm. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
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

"Be prepared to head for the freezer. (Picture book/math. 6-9)"
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

"This is not one to be left off elementary bookshelves. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
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

"Readers will delight in all the fun they're having on the farm while they're learning some new math. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
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

"Nicely done. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
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

"Though Wallace puts more of a scowl on Uncle Howie's face than might be warranted, his cartoon art has a pleasurably unruly character that fits the story well. (short bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-5)"
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

"The rides look like they could be a lot of fun too, as depicted in Bjorkman's whirling, caricaturish artwork. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
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

"Though this isn't one of the best of the series, a determined teacher with enthusiastic read-aloud skills could integrate the story into math or gym class, especially if insects are also part of the curriculum. (Picture book. 4-7)"
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

"A guide is included to help kids get the most out of the book, and a few games are suggested to enjoyably extend the math lesson. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
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

"Teachers who are looking for stories that incorporate math concepts will use this space adventure with primary-grade students, and the comic book-influenced format will also appeal to older, more reluctant readers. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
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

"A chart near the end shows all the tableware sets in rows, offering additional opportunities for counting and matching subsets. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
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

"Once the culprit is revealed, readers will want to go back and find him in each scene. (Picture book. 3-7)"
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

"The popular author of other MathStart titles (Missing Mittens, see above, etc.) will find a ready audience for this effort. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
Jack is having a bad Monday morning in this MathStart (Level two) title, which painlessly slides probability into the story. Read full book review >
BEEP BEEP, VROOM VROOM! by Stuart J. Murphy
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

"Characteristically, the final spread offers tips and suggestions for adults who may want to extend the sequencing concept with follow-up activities. (Picture book. 2-4)"
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

"For those who resist Larry's strict notions, bring out Loreen Leedy's blithe Measuring Penny (p. 270) for a more generous examination of nonstandard measurements. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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

"The combination of written and visual reinforcement effectively provides a firm foundation of understanding for beginning learners. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"An exuberant concept book on its own, it may confuse those looking for math-oriented enlightenment. (Picture book. 3-5)"
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

"Beyond that lesson, Miller's clean-cut illustrations offer bright colors and bold geometric shapes, doing for the circus what Donald Crews did for the festive procession in Parade (1983). (Picture book. 2-4)"
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

"A winning way to make some basic concepts and techniques less intimidating. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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

"Readers may come away with the sense that they are not slaves to numbers—it's the other way around. (further reading) (Picture book. 6-9)"
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

"Serviceable fare. (Picture book. 6-11)"
This entry in the MathStart series demonstrates that collecting data and tabulating results can help the decision- making process. Read full book review >