Books by Teresa Murfin

BIRTHDAY RULES by Laurie Friedman
Released: March 1, 2015

"Other birthday-themed books present more realistic versions of these annual celebrations, acknowledging that most parties are not all fun and games and that a little rain falls on every parade. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Percy Isaac Gifford shares his rules for maximizing birthday fun. Read full book review >
BACK-TO-SCHOOL RULES by Laurie Friedman
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

Young Percy Isaac Gifford offers 10 rules for students to follow so that an "A+" will be guaranteed. Read full book review >
NAUGHTY TOES by Ann Bonwill
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A refreshing take on the need to follow one's own heart—or feet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Chloe knows how hard it can be to follow the beat of your own dancing drum. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Young Percy Isaac Gifford (whose monogrammed sweater reads, aptly, "P.I.G.") delivers a rhymed set of instructions to less-expert celebrants of the holiday. Keeping the goal clearly in mind helps to get through the less-enjoyable aspects of a family gathering, such as good clothes, helping out and greeting guests. With the able assistance of his dog, Percy gets to "The Main Event"—which is rendered with loving detail, elaborated in Rule #6 ("Don't be afraid to eat everything"). Murfin's mixed-media illustrations pile on the busyness as the feast gets underway and Percy loads up his plate; the bulging bellies sported by all at the end make the need for Percy's "Overeaters' Special" (a quick buss instead of a hug) amply evident. If the scansion sometimes labors, it's still an unabashedly joyous celebration of seasonal gluttony. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"I'm Simon Lester Henry Strauss, / and I'm not afraid of this haunted house," says Simon as he drags his friends through a horror-filled haunted house. While they quail at the likes of a Vampire feast, a moving floor, a spider-eating goblin and a Frankenstein wedding (where the bride can't find her face), Simon just laughs. He withstands every shock the house has to offer and boasts he's looking forward to next year . . . until he sees a mouse and runs away as his friends laugh at him. Listeners will delight in the gruesome details of both the illustrations and the rhymed text. Some adults might wince at the blood, brains, guts and veins served at the reception after Frankenstein's wedding or the swimming pool full of blood, but school-age audiences will eat this up. Murfin's pictures, which really steal the show, seem a mixture of Nickelodeon's AHHH! Real Monsters and Hey, Arnold! A great, gross addition to Halloween collections of all sizes. (Picture book. 5-10)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

As much an exercise in sequencing as a counting rhyme, this features ten turkeys trying to jump into increasingly large items of clothing before a fox catches them, e.g., "Five turkeys hid in some britches round. / One more came and it was found, / there was not enough room! / Not enough room / for six turkeys / in those britches round. / So . . . six turkeys hid 'neath a petticoat wide." Ultimately, a farmer's arrival sends prey and predator scurrying to find separate hiding places. Martin envisions the characters as children in home-made costumes, galloping enthusiastically through a capacious stage set, held together with liberal amounts of scotch tape. Except for unchallenging hide-and-seek scenes at the play's open and close, it's often hard to see exactly how many figures are on stage—still, even younger listeners and onlookers will enjoy all the frantic rushing about as much as the occasionally glimpsed audience seems to, and appreciate the episode's predictability enough to forgive the rather disconnected plotline. (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >