"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).
Secrets At Sea on Bank Street College of Education's 2012 Best Books of the Year listSecrets At Sea was chosen by the children's book committee at the Bank Street College of Education in the Fantasy category of their 2012 Best Books of the Year list (ages Nine to Twelve).
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters on 2012 Best Books of the Year listCreepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters was chosen by the children's book committee at the Bank Street College of Education in the "Under Five" category of their 2012 Best Books of the Year list.
"Despite their busy day, these monsters are not quite ready for bed. Colorful, mixed-media illustrations imbue each monster with personality. (2-4)"
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..."
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.
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).
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.
Masterpiece climbing on the New York Times Best Sellers ListMasterpiece climbs to number 7 on the New York Times Best Sellers List, Children's Bestsellers, Paperback Books List!
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Masterpiece climbing on New York Times Best Sellers ListMasterpiece is back on the New York Times Best Sellers List, Children's Bestsellers, Paperback Books, rising to number 8!
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Masterpiece on SSYRA Master ListMasterpiece has been chosen for inclusion on the 2010-2011 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) master list of nominated titles.
Masterpiece on the New York Times Best Sellers ListMasterpiece is on the New York Times Best Sellers List!
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Brand-New Baby Blues starred review by School Library Journal
Brand-New Baby Blues received a Star review from School Library Journal:
"Through rhyme and three repeating stanzas, a child laments about the good ol' days and realizes, "Now everything is different,/everything is changed./I'm not the one and only./My whole life's rearranged." The normal emotions of sadness, disappointment, jealousy, and anger follow when her parents shower her new brother with attention, pass her stuffed bear down to him, and share the hugs that were once all hers. Then, with just the right words from Mom and Dad about her uniqueness, and some positive observations, her attitude changes. She looks forward to the days when her new sibling will not be a baby anymore, but instead be a brother she can play catch with and a game of hide-and-seek. Oil, acrylic, and gel are used to create gentle hues. What makes this telling of the new brother/sister theme stand out is how well the verses are in sync with the illustrations, layout, and the characters' facial expressions. Great for sharing with a group or one-on-one."
-Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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Masterpiece starred review by Publishers WeeklyMasterpiece received a Star review from Publishers Weekly:
"Broach (Shakespeare's Secret) packs this fast-moving story with perennially seductive themes: hidden lives and secret friendships, miniature worlds lost to disbelievers. Philosophy pokes through, as does art appreciation (one curator loves Dürer for "his faith that beauty reveals itself, layer upon layer, in the smallest moments"), but never at the expense of plot. In her remarkable ability to join detail with action, Broach is joined by Murphy (Hush, Little Dragon), who animates the writing with an abundance of b&w drawings. Loosely implying rather than imitating the Old Masters they reference, the finely hatched drawings depict the settings realistically and the characters, especially the beetles, with joyful comic license. This smart marriage of style and content bridges the gap between the contemporary beat of the illustrations and Renaissance art. Broach and Kelly show readers something new, and, as Marvin says, "When you [see] different parts of the world, you [see] different parts of yourself.""
Posted on August 25th, 2008See more press about Awards and Lists, Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Starred Reviews, Masterpiece
Masterpiece starred review by School Library JournalMasterpiece received a Star review from School Library Journal:
"Broach combines discussion about the art of Albrecht Dürer with a powerful tale of friendship in a novel that is entertaining and full of adventure. Marvin is a beetle, and he and his family live in the Manhattan kitchen that belongs to the Pompaday family. When James receives a pen-and-ink drawing set for his 11th birthday, Marvin discovers that he is a bug with artistic talent. Although he can't speak to James, they soon bond in a true interspecies friendship, and their escapades begin. Because of Marvin's wonderful drawing, presumed to be James's work, the boy is recruited to create a fake Dürer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to help trap an art thief. Marvin produces the forgery, but he soon realizes that the original artwork is in danger. Only by placing his life on the line and relying on James's help can he save the masterpiece. Broach's projection of beetle life, complete with field trips to the family's solarium and complex uses of human discards for furniture and meals, is in the best tradition of Mary Norton's The Borrowers (Harcourt, 1953) and similar classic looks at miniature life. Murphy's illustrations add perspective and humor, supporting the detailed narrative. A masterpiece of storytelling."
-Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI