A Day in the Life of Murphy

Illustrated by Alice Provensen
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About The Book

MURPHY-STOP-THAT is my name. I am a terrier. I bark. I bark at anything and everything and all the time.

On a farm filled with delicious kitchen smells and dumb farm animals and unexplained noises, there's always something to keep a dog busy -- and often in trouble. From his morning rush to the house for breakfast to his final rounds before curling up in his comfortable bed in the barn at night, Murphy is the sort of irrepressible but lovable dog that only Alice Provensen, with her trademark affection for even misbehaving animals, could portray.

About The Author

Photo Credit:

Alice Provensen is the author and illustrator of Murphy in the City, A Day in the Life of Murphy, and Klondike Gold. She collaborated with her late husband, Martin, on many other highly acclaimed picture books, including the Caldecott Medal–winning The Glorious Flight and Nancy Willard’s Newbery Medal–winning A Visit to William Blake’s Inn, which was also a Caldecott Honor Book. The Provensens have been on the New York Times list of the Ten Best Illustrated Books eight times. Alice lives in California.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (June 2006)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416918004
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

Raves and Reviews

"Refreshing...Murphy practically jumps out of your hands...Alice Provensen is certainly an artist, in word and image."
-- New York Times Book Review

"An assured but simple presentation that will earn this memorably funny dog a place on shelves and in hearts."
-- School Library Journal, starred review

Awards and Honors

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • Bulletin Blue Ribbon
  • Riverbank Review Books of Distinction Finalist
  • New York Times Book Review Notable Books

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