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Caldecott Medalist Alice Provensen shows how one farm pooch named Murphy spends his day in this quick-paced, effervescent picture book.
Thinking that his name is "Murphy-Stop-That," the zippy little terrier describes his day as it goes along, always occupied with what's in front of him. Like most dogs, Murphy spends his time snooping around and salivating over food ("Where's the pan? The pan first. Leftovers. Scraps"), with daily highlights of chasing "that dumb cat named Tom" and thinking about "Meat loaf baking. Chicken roasting. Pies spilling over!" Murphy also takes a trip to the vet, where he gets "Pinched...poked... prodded. Doesn't hurt, but get me out of here!" and when the moon comes out that night, Murphy winds up his busy day (after some loud barking that wakes everyone up) with his "Dear sock. Good old bone. Good old stick. Sigh. Good night."
Full of mischief and high energy, Murphy will keep animal lovers giggling. Provensen captures dogs' spirited antics wonderfully, with short, energetic sentences and silly facial expressions that make Murphy a pooch that can speak for all pooches. A howling, fun read for storytime audiences and young readers, too. Matt Warner