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Mary Murphy - Author

About the Author

As a child, Mary Murphy was a constant reader. Her favourite books included Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and Tom’s Midnight Garden. She also loved any stories about animals. Mary was the third of six children.

Mary lives in Galway, Ireland, and describes herself as "fairly outdoorish, but not sporty". She loves walking, swimming, reading and cycling. Mary studied Illustration and Design in Dublin before freelancing as an illustrator. She has always written for pleasure, and soon began developing ideas for children’s books following the antics of characters she had already visualised. A technique she sometimes uses is to draw the character in different situations, and then see what follows on from there.

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What I Like Most

What I Like Most

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

What I like most is this pencil. It is red outside and red inside. Its colour comes out like a red ribbon. It's what I like most in the world. Except for... A little girl tells us about all her favourite things, from her light-up shoes, to hot, steamy chips, to her red pencil. But the girl knows that, even as her feet grow, her plate empties, and her pencil shortens, there's something she'll always love ... and that is what she likes the very, very most. An intimate ode to the unwavering love a child has for their mother, this tender, lyrical story is brought exquisitely to life by Zhu Cheng-Liang, a recipient of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award.

Happy!: A First Book of Feelings

Happy!: A First Book of Feelings

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Board book Release Date: 07/03/2019

A first book of feelings for the very youngest children. Lift the flaps and explore the world of emotions in this fun, interactive board book for very young children. Mary Murphy's warm and wittily illustrated puppies provide a charming and engaging way to find out all about feelings through play and common experience to provide a springboard for discussion for families, friends and nurseries. Happy! features the same adorable puppy and is a companion title to Mary Murphy's Are You My Mummy?

Oidhche Mhath Mar Seo

Oidhche Mhath Mar Seo

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/03/2017

Mae Llygoden yn Fach / Mouse is Small

Mae Llygoden yn Fach / Mouse is Small

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2017

Picken Mix and Match the Farm Animals!

Picken Mix and Match the Farm Animals!

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Board book Release Date: 05/01/2017

Mix and match the split pages of this ingenious board book to make your own amazing farmyard creatures! Mary Murphy's brilliant split page board book is perfect for helping little ones learn to mix and match. What do you call a cross between a lamb and a calf? How on earth do you make a googlet ? Children will love to mix up the heads and tails of different farmyard animals to invent hilarious new ones, while developing their matching skills as they work out how the animals should look. Mary Murphy's adorable creatures and colourful art style are sure to delight readers and help develop a lifelong love of books.

Good Night Like This

Good Night Like This

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

From the creator of A Kiss Like This and Say Hello Like This, comes a third Like This novelty title - a gorgeous exploration of the many ways animals snuggle down to sleep, and the perfect read-aloud for parents and babies to share at bedtime. The perfect bedtime read, snuggle down with this adorable new book from Mary Murphy, creator of A Kiss Like This and Say Hello Like This, as she invites you into lots of different little snorey, twitchy, cuddly animals' homes as they get ready to go to sleep. With a beautiful sleepy action on every split-page, a lulling, rhythmical text and a cast of cute animal families, this book is sure to emit lots of oooh, aaaahs and ... zzzzzz.

Can Halo Mar Seo

Can Halo Mar Seo

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2016

Crocopotamus Mix and match the wild animals!

Crocopotamus Mix and match the wild animals!

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2015

Mix and match the split pages of this wacky board book to create incredible critters! Mary Murphy's raucous split page board book is perfect for helping little ones to mix and match. What do you call a cross between a tiger and a zebra? How on earth do you make an animal called a likey ? Children will love to mix up the heads and tails of different animals to invent hilarious new ones, whilst developing their matching skills as they work out how the animals should look. Mary Murphy's adorable creatures and colourful art style are sure to delight readers and help develop a lifelong love of books.

Luchag Bheag

Luchag Bheag

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Board book Release Date: 30/03/2015

Say Hello Like This!

Say Hello Like This!

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2015

From the creator of A Kiss Like This, a gentle concept book about the irresistible sounds that animals make. The perfect baby gift! Exploring the different kinds of ways animals say hello, this joyful companion to Mary Murphy's A Kiss Like This is an ideal read-aloud for babies and toddlers. Dogs say it loud - Bow-wow! Cats say it proud - Meow! And donkeys say it silly - Hee-haw! Using a clever split-page format that makes for funny and very noisy surprises, and with a glittery finale spread, Mary Murphy is sure to have those just learning to speak gurgling, giggling, clapping hands and making fun animal sounds, too!

Are You My Mummy?

Are You My Mummy?

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Board book Release Date: 01/07/2014

Lift the flaps and join the peek-a-boo fun with this lovely little puppy who is looking for his mummy. Can you help Puppy find his mummy in this bright young board book for babies and toddlers? Lift the flaps and transform the pictures as you join Puppy in his search, and discover all kinds of mummies and babies along the way. Mary Murphy's adorable animals and colourful art style are sure to delight the very youngest readers and help develop a lifelong love of books.

Pog Mar Seo (A Kiss Like This)

Pog Mar Seo (A Kiss Like This)

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

From prolific Irish artist, Mary Murphy, comes a stunning Irish language picture book that will evoke lots of giggles, gurgles and smiles - not to mention kisses - from little babies! Prestigious poet and translator, Gabriel Rosenstock, captures in Irish all the fun, fizz and warmth of Mary Murphy's picture book words in this young, interactive title all about ... kissing! Did you know that a giraffe kiss is gentle and tall ... like this! *Mwaaaah!* Then there are kisses that are quick and small ... others are fizzy and bubbly ... some are even long and tooty-tooty! There are SO many different types of kisses, just turn the page to see! This split-page book, with its cast of loveable, cuddly-looking parent-and-child animals is the perfect gift for a new baby or a young family who wish to encourage a love of the Irish language in their child.

A Kiss Like This

A Kiss Like This

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

A beautiful new novelty title from Mary Murphy that bursts at the seams with all kinds of kisses and cuddles from giraffes, mice, fish, bumble bees and ... even elephants!! It's a total love fest! A giraffe kiss is gentle and tall ... like this! *Mwaaaah!* Then there are kisses that are quick and small ... others are fizzy and bubbly... some are even long and tooty-tooty! There are SO many different types of kisses, just turn the page to see! This split-page book, with its cast of loveable, cuddly-looking parent-and-child animals, will evoke lots of giggles, gurgles and smiles - not to mention kisses - from little babies!

Mouse Is Small

Mouse Is Small

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2013

A bright and colourful Baby Walker board book to help introduce your baby to sizes. Mouse is small, tortoise is bigger, zebra is even bigger and elephant is the biggest of all! As the animals increase in size, so do the pages in this colourful board book for babies, demonstrating the first concept of sizes in an accessible and engaging way for the very young.

Quick Duck!

Quick Duck!

Author: Mary Murphy Format: Board book Release Date: 05/07/2012

This little duckling needs to be quick-quack-quick! Trace the mucky duckling's footprints as he leaps, wiggles, runs, hops and SPLASHES into the river, where his mum, brothers and sisters are waiting - ready to go! With its fresh, light artwork and tactile finish, babies will be be instantly responsive to this beautiful board book.

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