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A Day in the Life of Murphy (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – May 1, 2003

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PreSchool-Grade 2-Meet "Murphy-Stop-That," the yippy little terrier starring in this first-person (or should we say first-dog) account. Murphy's peripatetic, wide-eyed, tail-wagging personality is foreshadowed in endpapers covered with his zippy little paw prints. There is not much plot here, but Murphy's breathlessly running commentary to himself on everything from the importance of being first into the kitchen in the morning ("Run! Run! Don't waste any time. You have to be first!") to a car trip to the vet ("I hate to ride in the car. Whirring. Bumping. Swaying. Whimper. Whine") to dinnertime ("Be patient. Don't beg. Things drop. Crumbs. Good things. Sneaky handouts") gives the book entertaining momentum. Readers know this dog and his world through his consistently expressed point of view, both textual and visual. The impression of Murphy's hyperkinetic energy is supported through the graphic device of horizontal linearity as he moves across the bottom of most spreads in multiple images, often at a dead run, halting only on the last page as linearity turns more softly circular at day's end. Provensen skillfully balances frenetic activity with generous white space. Her oil renderings of this farm world in strong, recognizable line are a perfect foil for her more hasty, scratchy depiction of the pup himself. This is an assured but simple presentation that will earn this memorably funny dog a place on shelves and in hearts.
Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT
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PreS-Gr. 2. For terrier Murphy (or, as he introduces himself, "Murphy-Stop-That"), life on the farm is busy. There are floors to lick, shoes to chew, mice to sniff out. The kitchen is a joy; the car, not so great; the vet, "Get me out of here!" But soon, it's home to supper, some excited night barking (he "heard the moon move"), and bedtime in the barn, surrounded by his toys and animal friends. With charming, lively illustrations and peppy, descriptive prose, Provensen portrays the smells, sounds, and activities of a delightful, active pup. Colorful, textured artwork outlined in black and brimming with whimsical detail, captures wide-eyed Murphy traversing barnyard and house, wholeheartedly enjoying life (even doing a few things he shouldn't be doing). Although this is longer than the usual picture book, short phrases and strings of adjectives make it a fun read-aloud that will hold kids' interest. It will be hard to resist the joyful, humorous touches in text and art and the enthusiastic, engaging doggie stream of consciousness as Murphy goes about his day. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 40L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689848846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689848841
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A Day In The Life Of Murphy is a delightful, easy-reader picture book about an eager and loveable terrier, who barks, runs, and plays all day. Charming color illustrations Alice Provensen complements her simple text, making A Day In The Life Of Murphy an excellent "starter book" -- especially for young dog lovers!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Pavluvcik on May 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderfully "cute" story about the mischievous Murphy-STOP. At least that is what he claims his name is! Murphy is an adorable little terrier, full of joie de vive, who lives a very complete day and manages to get into trouble without even trying.
The illustrations are colorful and cute and a beginning reader will really enjoy reading about the antics of Murphy-STOP! Great starter book! Murphy's expressions are priceless!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott E Mantooth on July 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I heard this book being read on NPR and being a dog lover, I knew I would own it for myself. Everything about this book is fun, typical canine insight abounds. Buy two books: one as a gift and one to have on hand when guests or relitives arrive with small children...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2003
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I bought this "children's" book for an "adult" friend of mine. Why? you ask--because his name is Murphy, and he looooves dogs. And I'm sure he will enjoy it as much as I did and as much as any child would. The story is fun, the pictures delightful, and Murphy (the dog) is just plain cute!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By maemurphy on February 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this out loud with my three children, 2 1/2 to 6. They all laugh until they are gasping and even my husband, listening in from the next room, gets a chuckle. Picking it off the shelf and scanning it will bring a grin and reading it by yourself is good, but this is a book that screams to be read out loud.
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By Roz's Mommy on March 23, 2009
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We LOVE this book.

Even my husband, who is NOT a dog person, loves this book.

Most important, of course, my 2 and a half year old loves it. We got this book when she was about a year old and it quickly became her favorite. And ours, too.

The pictures are adorable and slightly quirky; I get tired of the pastel cartoony animals in children's books; too much cutesy, I guess. This book was a nice change of pace.

The vocabulary is great, with lots of new words for kids to learn and GREAT descriptive, colorful language. It's a lively and entertaining read with fun use of literary devices.

This is a book that is just plain fun to read.
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This is a delightful little book that should be read by anyone who has ever known a Cairn Terrier and, come to think of it, anyone who knows someone who has. I bought it for our Vet's office to have on the shelf for children who come in with their pets. It is the most revealing review of the breed I have ever read. She captures the mind of these wonderful creatures right down to the last sniff and the illustrations are priceless. Just fun!
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By Island Mama on October 13, 2009
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I bought this book for my 3 year old son but my 7 year old and 9 year old also LOVED this book. The Provesnsen books are always so lively, engaging, and filled with every day humour and a sense of the ridiculous. The kids all love looking at the drawings and imagining for themselves further adventures of Murphy and farm life. All the animals have strong and eccentric characters. Wholesome with a twinkling intelligence throughout.
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