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Secrets At Sea on People Magazine's list of best books of 2011

Secrets 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."

-Kristen Mascia




Posted on December 19th, 2011See more press about Awards and Lists, Reviews, People Magazine
Posted on November 21st, 2011See more press about Awards and Lists, Kirkus

Secrets At Sea a New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2011

Secrets 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..."

-Elisabeth Egan






Posted on November 21st, 2011See more press about Awards and Lists, New York Times

Secrets At Sea review by the New York Times

Secrets 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..."

-Elisabeth Egan





Posted on November 13th, 2011See more press about Reviews, New York Times

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters in 5 Fantastic Picture Books for Halloween List by Kirkus

Creepy 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.





Posted on October 26th, 2011See more press about Awards and Lists, Kirkus

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters review in USA TODAY

A 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..."

-Bob Minzesheimer
Posted on October 26th, 2011See more press about Reviews, USA TODAY

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..."

-Pamela Paul
Posted on October 14th, 2011See more press about Reviews, New York Times

Kelly Murphy Interview on Bookie Woogie

A 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!







Posted on September 22nd, 2011See more press about Interviews and Features, Bookie Woogie

Starred review by Kirkus for Secrets At Sea

Secrets 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."






Posted on September 15th, 2011See more press about Reviews, Kirkus, Starred Reviews

Kelly Murphy Interview about Secrets at Sea on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

I 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.








Posted on September 14th, 2011See more press about Interviews and Features, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Starred review from The Horn Book for Secrets At Sea

Secrets At Sea received a starred review from The Horn Book.









Posted on August 29th, 2011See more press about Reviews, Starred Reviews

Starred review by Publishers Weekly for Secrets At Sea

Secrets 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."






Posted on August 22nd, 2011See more press about Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Starred Reviews

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters reviewed by Kirkus

A 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."

Posted on August 1st, 2011See more press about Reviews, Kirkus

Masterpiece wins a Children's Crown Award

Kelly Murphy is the 2010-2011 winner of the National Christian School Association's Children's Crown Award as illustrator of Masterpiece.
Posted in June 2011See more press about Awards and Lists, Masterpiece

Secrets At Sea a Top 26 Book at BEA

Secrets At Sea was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Top 26 Books at BookExpo America (BEA).









Posted on May 20th, 2011See more press about Awards and Lists, Kirkus

Kelly Murphy Interview on The Enchanted Inkpot

I 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.
Posted on April 27th, 2011See more press about Interviews and Features

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.
Posted on March 16th, 2011See more press about Awards and Lists