Search Results: "Tom Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

A BOY AND HIS BUNNY by Sean Bryan
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Sister's subsequent entrance with an entirely different sort of creature on her noggin adds a final giggle to this cousin of David Small's Imogene's Antlers (1985). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Likely to tickle many a preschool listener's ribs, this droll episode pairs simply drawn, two-color pictures with a text that takes relentless advantage of repetition and rhymes for "head." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JUGGLING PUG by Sean Bryan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"Truly unlovable. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A celebrity pug wears out his welcome—nearly—in this labored outing from the creators of A Boy and His Bunny (2005). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BEAR AND HIS BOY by Sean Bryan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"The simple line drawings of bear and boy are endearing, but just can't overcome the plot deficiencies, either in text or illustration. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Droll cartoons become increasingly less buoyant as a repetitive rhyme consumes this otherwise nicely designed and formatted picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GIRL AND HER GATOR by Sean Bryan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Very well indeed, if you're the incomparable Claire. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Claire is having more than a bad-hair day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLD WATER WITCH by Yannick Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Initially reminiscent of Andersen's frigid Snow Queen, this Cold Water Witch melts with kindness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The sinister Cold Water Witch tries to lure a little girl to her frozen realm in this frosty fairy tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAN A COAL SCUTTLE FLY? by Camay Calloway Murphy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 13, 1996

"Fun to look at, fun to play with, a fine addition to the growing list of books for children that describe art as a viable and important career choice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An exuberant and frolicsome look at the life and development of an African-American artist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MELTDOWN! by Jill Murphy
by Jill Murphy, illustrated by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A slice-of-life toddler story that squarely maintains focus on the toddler. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A parent-child power struggle at the grocery story provokes the titular meltdown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARE YOU MY MOMMY? by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Solid but not a standout in the genre. (Board book. 9 mos.-2)"
A little pup pokes around the barnyard in search of its mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UTTERLY LOVELY ONE by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALPHABET KEEPER by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

CROCOPOTAMUS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"With 49 possible combinations, this is a book that can be looked at over and over again. What fun! (Board book. 2-4)"
Mix and match the seven wild animals to create new crazy animals with silly names. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

READY FOR SCHOOL, MURPHY? by Brendán Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers' empathy for Murphy will be very strong even before the final page turn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Worries over a doctor visit just may trump worries over going to school for one bigheaded, big-eyed, spiky-haired tyke. Read full book review >