Secrets At Sea on People Magazine's list of best books of 2011Secrets At Sea was featured in People Magazine's list of the ten best books for children in 2011, Picks for Kids:
"Fearful of a crumb-free life once their human hosts head for England, a mouse family stows away in the luggage. Delightful."
Secrets At Sea a Best Children's Book of 2011Secrets At Sea was chosen by Kirkus as one of their 2011 Best Books for Children, making 8 lists:
- 2011 Best Books for Children: Graphic Novels & Illustrated Chapter Books
- 2011 Best Books for Children: Fiction
- 2011 Best Books for Children: Fantasy & Science Fiction
- 2011 Best Books for Children: Books to Make You Laugh
- 2011 Best Books for Children: Novels with Great Girl Characters
- 2011 Best Books for Children: Books for Animal Lovers
- 2011 Best Books for Children: Exploring the Past
- 2011 Best Books for Children: Adrenaline Rushes
Secrets At Sea a New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2011Secrets At Sea was chosen by the New York Times as one of their Notable Children's Books of 2011:
"...Rife with snappy asides and clever but never heavy-handed..."
Secrets At Sea review by the New York TimesSecrets At Sea receives a laudatory review in the New York Time's Sunday Book Review:
"...Readers will never again look at a thimble without wondering if it might have been used as a milk cup or ink pot by an industrious British mouse..."
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters in 5 Fantastic Picture Books for Halloween List by KirkusCreepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters has been selected by Kirkus as one of their favourite picks for Halloween and is featured in their 5 Fantastic Picture Books for Halloween list.
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters review in USA TODAYA wonderful Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters review in USA TODAY:
"...The biggest treats here are the details buried in Kelly Murphy's playful paintings of the monsters, more gentle, domesticated cousins of Maurice Sendak's classic wild things..."
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters review by the New York Times
A glowing review (and slideshow) of the recently released Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by the New York Times:
"...the narration benefits enormously from witty illustrations by Murphy ("Hush Little Dragon"), which abound in slithery, sinister asides: a stacking toy stacks on a bone; a Totoro-like ghost trails a larger figure. And googly-eyed monsters eat worm-ridden salad..."
Kelly Murphy Interview on Bookie WoogieA wonderful interview with Isaac, Grace, Lily, Elijah, Evangeline and their father Aaron Zenz on "BOOKIE WOOGIE: Some Kids and their Dad, Talkin' About Books" to discuss my illustration process and the newly released Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters. Such wonderful art by the Z-Kids!
Starred review by Kirkus for Secrets At SeaSecrets At Sea receives a starred review from Kirkus:
"...Whimsical language, sure characterization, unflagging adventure, even romance-all seen through Helena's relentlessly practical beady little eyes."
Kelly Murphy Interview about Secrets at Sea on Seven Impossible Things Before BreakfastI had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jules of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast to speak about the upcoming Secrets At Sea, written by Richard Peck. You will find plenty of artwork and making of drawings in this article.
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Starred review from The Horn Book for Secrets At SeaSecrets At Sea received a starred review from The Horn Book.
Starred review by Publishers Weekly for Secrets At SeaSecrets At Sea received a starred review from Publishers Weekly:
"...Readers-especially fans of Beatrix Potter-will revel in the detailed descriptions of mouse-sized joys, woes, and love connections, all beautifully depicted in Murphy's soft pencil illustrations."
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters reviewed by KirkusA delightful Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters review by Kirkus:
"Murphy chooses a muted palette to illustrate the motley bunch of innocuous creatures sporting a horn or two, various numbers of eyes, an occasional tail or tufts of fur. Preschool monster fans are sure to pore over and giggle at Murphy's droll, detailed paintings executed in a mix of oil, acrylic and gel...There's plenty in this scary-sweet book to please children all year round."
Masterpiece wins a Children's Crown AwardKelly Murphy is the 2010-2011 winner of the National Christian School Association's Children's Crown Award as illustrator of Masterpiece.
Secrets At Sea a Top 26 Book at BEASecrets At Sea was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Top 26 Books at BookExpo America (BEA).
Kelly Murphy Interview on The Enchanted InkpotI had the pleasure of being interviewed by The Enchanted Inkpot's Grace Lin to discuss the Nathaniel Fludd series in general and the newly released The Unicorn's Tale in particular.
Over At The Castle a 2011 Best Children's Books of the Year
Over At The Castle was selected for Bank Street College's 2011 Best Children's Books of the Year list, in the "Under Five" category.