"Anton and Cecil: Cats At Sea" reviewed in the New York TimesA splendid review of Kelly Murphy's latest chapter book, Anton and Cecil: Cats At Sea in the New York Times' Sunday Book Review:
"Kelly Murphy illustrates the story with occasional full-page black-and-white ink wash paintings. Though the restricted palette is disappointing after the subtle, rich hues of the book's colored jacket, the scenes depicted have their own drama: encounters with murderous rats and pirates, an iguana with feathers and Shakespeare-quoting dolphins. In keeping with the cat's-eye view of the world, Murphy's human figures look wooden - like marionettes or nutcrackers - while Anton and Cecil are all lithe grace and flashing eyes, leaping from dock to deck, or crouching behind wooden crates, ready to pounce on a fisherman's catch."
—Sarah Harrison Smith
Kelly Murphy's "The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail" reviewed by the Wall Street JournalThe Mouse With The Question Mark Tail, written by Richard Peck and Kelly Murphy, received a glowing review from the Wall Street Journal's Meghan Cox Gurdon in her article Mouse of Windsor:
"Children love the idea of tiny, hidden worlds–of pixie, fairy or animal societies that exist alongside our own. Richard Peck taps into this affection with The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail, a chapter book about a young mouse of mysterious origins in a world of dazzling hierarchy, illustrated by Kelly Murphy."
Starred review from School Library Journal for "The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail"The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail received a third starred review, from School Library Journal:
"Attractive mouse's-eye-view drawings help establish the relationship between these two halves of Victorian society."
"The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail" a Publishers Weekly Best New Book for the Week of July 1, 2013The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail is a Publishers Weekly Pick as one of the Best New Book for the Week of July 1, 2013.
"Alex And The Amazing Time Machine" on Bank Street College of Education's 2013 Best Books of the Year listAlex And The Amazing Time Machine was chosen by the children's book committee at the Bank Street College of Education in the Humor category of their 2013 Best Books of the Year list (ages Nine to Twelve).
Starred review from Publishers Weekly for "The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail"The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail received a second starred review, from Publishers Weekly:
"As endearing as Peck's Secrets at Sea, this companion novel, also set during the Victorian era and accompanied by Murphy's carefully detailed pencil illustrations, introduces a new cast of memorable mice born and bred in London... Readers will gleefully suspend disbelief as they trace Mouse Minor's exciting journey, which draws him to a life-altering revelation and surprise reunions with friends and foes."
Starred review from Booklist for "The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail"The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail received a starred review from Booklist:
"Murphy's black-and-white illustrations, with pulled quote captions, add charm in spades, and there's one tipped in full-color illustration in each of the book's three main parts."
Face Bug review by The Washington PostA wonderful review of Face Bug by The Washington Post.
"Frederic B. Siskind's wonderfully creepy full-color photographs and Kelly Murphy's cartoony black-and-white illustrations are abuzz with activity alongside J. Patrick Lewis's witty verses about insects and spiders."