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A day in the Life of Murphy
Alice Provensen
Picture Book
Ages 4 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2003, 1-4169-1800-0
  Meet Murphy-Stop-That, a terrier who loves to bark, who isn’t too keen on other “dumb” animals, and who really doesn’t like lettuce. We are going to spend a day with this dark furred scallywag watching as he does all sorts of things that he knows he shouldn’t do but does anyway. We come to appreciate how wonderful a kitchen is when you are a dog and how hateful the vet’s office is. Poor Murphy is poked and prodded and he cannot wait to go home where he is free to do as he wishes and where he can sit under the table and beg for scraps.
  Anyone who has a fondness for dogs will love this book. Simply written, the author somehow manages to get inside the head of her character giving him a definite ‘voice’ which is very amusing to listen to and to read. Short sentences, lots of barks, and exclamation marks capture the busy nature of the little dog, his running about, his curiosity, and his eagerness. The flat unfussy illustrations focus our attention on Murphy - particularly on the expressions on his very furry face.


A Day in the Life of Murphy


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