"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
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 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..."
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!
Posted on June 6th, 2010See more press about New York Times Best Sellers, Awards and Lists, Masterpiece
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!
Posted on May 30th, 2010See more press about New York Times Best Sellers, Awards and Lists, Masterpiece