- Series: Eoin Colfer's Legend Of...
- Paperback: 95 pages
- Publisher: Miramax (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786855045
- ISBN-13: 978-0786855049
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eoin Colfer's Legend Of. Spud Murphy Paperback – 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–This hilarious offering is the first in a new chapter-book series. When their parents become fed up with their boisterous behavior during summer vacation, Will and Marty Woodman are forced to do something educational: "Reading. It's perfect. How can you get into trouble reading a book?" The brothers will spend time at the library, despite their worries about the librarian, Mrs. "Spud" Murphy, who is feared by all children. According to the rumors, she uses a gas-powered gun to shoot potatoes at kids who make too much noise. When Mom drops them off later that afternoon, Mrs. Murphy leads them to the children's section and warns them that they are not to venture off of the carpet. Readers will immediately pick up that Marty has a problem following the rules and trouble ensues when he steps off the rug to cause some mischief. However, he has met his match in Spud, who silently appears on the scene like a "ninja librarian." The cartoon illustrations enhance the funny mood of the story. Youngsters, especially reluctant readers, will laugh out loud at this clever book, which can also be read aloud. A good choice for fans of Dav Pilkey, Jon Scieszka, and Ian Whybrow.–Christine McGinty, Albany Public Library, NY
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About the Author
Eoin Colfer, the second of five brothers, was born and raised in Wexford, a seaside town in the south-east of Ireland. His first novel, Benny and Omar was an instant bestseller in Ireland, and Artemis Fowl, his first book featuring the brilliant young anti-hero was an immediate international bestseller. It was winner of both the WHSmith 'People's Choice' Children's Book of the Year and the Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Blue Peter Book Award. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, this series, following the adventures of the two older Woodman brothers, (ages 9 and 10), is honestly funny, good natured, subtle, and full of warm insight into the minds of 9 and 10 year olds. It is similar to the Wimpy Kid books, in that most of the humor is not intended by the narrator, and comes from his thoughts and actions, his casual observations, and his sometimes tone deaf interactions with others.
From the wise and funny parents, to the three younger brothers who serve as a sort of silly Greek chorus commenting on the action, the characters are well conceived. The hijinks are mild, the plots are simple, the messages are low key, and the whole book just reads like innocent fun. The two brothers really sound and feel like real brothers, which is quite a feat in itself. That said, the vocabulary and the quality of the writing are way ahead of most chapter books, and I would expect a young reader to feel very satisfied after reading this book.
"Stomp! Stomp! We heard Spud coming. "Will!" my brother said, "Will we get the stamp or the spud gun? I said, "I I I don't know!" So, Spud Murphy is a fierce librarian and will never get the kids to read. Just then, Spud came over and looked us straight in the eye. Luckily, she gave us a card that said, "Shhh!" Find out what happens next in the story of Spud Murphy.
You will love this book if you like humorous stories. This book is about two brothers going to a dangerous library, and they are doing some pretty funny things! You will also like this book if you like adventurous books because it will bring you on an adventure like it did with me.
I give this book 5 stars because it grabbed my attention. For example, Spud Murphy came gliding across the floor and stopped right before Marty and Will. It was also juicy like when it said Marty started mixing up all of Spud's books! Then Spud came over and Will almost got stamped by Spud! That's a very suspenseful moment because Marty heard that Spud was a very harsh thrower. You should find out what happens next!