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Eoin Colfer
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Book Description

6 Jan 2005 Young Puffin Story Books
Will has four brothers and it's chaos in his house! If he's not being teased by his big brother Marty, he has to deal with the terrible, three-headed bundle of cuteness that is his three younger brothers. Even worse, his mother has the brilliant idea of packing Will and Marty off to the library during the holidays. She just doesn't understand! Not only is the library no fun, it's also the habitat of the legendary librarian Spud Murphy. If you put a foot wrong, it's rumoured she will use her dreaded gas-powered spud gun and you don't want that - just ask Ugly Frank how he got his nickname! Eventually Will and Marty discover a love of books and that Mrs Murphy isn't so bad after all!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (6 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141317086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141317083
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author

of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon

Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;

The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in

Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four

brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,

historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first

developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with

gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in

school at the time.

Eoin got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary

school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he

and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi

Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published

in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been

translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the

first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success -

shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.

To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over

12 million copies worldwide.

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About the Author

Eoin Colfer, the second of five brothers, was born and raised in Wexford, a seaside town in the south-east of Ireland. His first novel, Benny and Omar was an instant bestseller in Ireland, and Artemis Fowl, his first book featuring the brilliant young anti-hero was an immediate international bestseller. It was winner of both the WHSmith 'People's Choice' Children's Book of the Year and the Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Blue Peter Book Award.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Anyone who has ever read Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series will know by now that this guy is a great writer. His skill is fast moving, neat and downright hilarious storytelling, whatever the subject matter.
With just five neat chapters, starting with Ugly Frank, the poor kid who earned his name as a victim of the legendary librarian's spud gun, this little story leaps along with enough boys' action to appeal to them, and enough cute humour to keep the girls happy too.
The Legend of Spud Murphy is aimed at a slightly younger audience than Artemis Fowl, and is brilliantly illustrated on every page with action-enhancing pen and ink sketches by Tony Ross.
Nevertheless, this story of Marty and Will being packed off to the library to get them out of their mother's hair for the summer holidays is well-written enough entertain more advanced readers too, and is a great choice for encouraging reluctant readers to brave the horrors of the library!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing book! 20 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
My seven year old daughter came home with this book from school. She asked if I would read it with her. It's perfect for children of her age and indeed for their parents too, as by halfway through I had to stop reading as I was crying with laughter.

My daughter said to me that all childrens books should be funny, because children like to laugh and this book certainly fulfils that expectation.

Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colferzz Besttt 5 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
I borrowed the book from the library after my friend recommended it to me after reading it I re read it twice in one hour its funny moving and generally youve just got a classic author This book was excellent and I would definetly recommend it to anyone who just needs cheering up its not a book for five year olds just because it short! Its a funny book that i would reccomend to all ages it may not be the age range for adults but I can bet you they will enjoy it anyway. I reccomend it as A MUST BUY!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promoting the joy of reading 31 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
This is a great short book for 7ish year olds. An easy to read novel for younger readers who are developing confidence with chapter books. The story is a wholesome and heartwarmimg tale of two troublesome nippers who, (after creating havoc at home during the holidays), are sent to the place of their worst nightmares .... the library. However, this library is patrolled by no ordinary librarian, for Spud Murphy, (armed with a gas powered spud gun), is a ninja-black-belt-librarian. Skilled at sneaking up, having eyes in the back of her head and knowing what you are going to do, before you've even thought of it. With nothing else left for the children to get away with, they have no choice but to read the books. It all turns out well in the end and is all in good fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Entertaining Book 19 Aug 2004
Format:Hardcover
This hilarious book by a very witty writer deserves 6 stars
The Legend Of Spud Murphy would entertain alot of people!
If you love Books this is excellent for you...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read for 5-8s! 7 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
Will and his older brother Marty are reluctantly sent to the library to do something a bit more 'educational' with their summer holiday. But the library holds a much greater danger than just paper cuts. It is home to the legendry Mrs Murphy who uses a gas-powered, potato-shooting gun on children who cross her. The well known tales of poor 'Ugly Frank' and the Ninja Librarian make the Woodman boys dread even stepping inside the building.
Whilst the boys sit and pretend to read, an odd thing happens...they begin to take notice of the books surrounding them and find that the dreaded Spud Murphy isn't so dreadful after all.
This is great writing from the Author of the 'Artemis Fowl' trilogy. It is a fast-paced, easy story with a good mix of humour and action to suit younger readers. It can also be used as gentle persuasion for the reluctant reader to brave the horrors of the library. (Suitable for Ages 5-8)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPud Murphy - What a story 18 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback
We have been reading this book as a class and decided to write a review. According to Tia it is a mind blastingly fantastic book that you won't be able to stop reading, it is cool and funny. You will laugh so loud your next door neighbours will wonder what you are reading wrote Kian. This is not a book for babies, but definately anyone from the age of 7-33, it is that brilliant said Matthew.
We can't wait to read more about these brothers and their adventures!
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3.0 out of 5 stars good 21 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is a good book because it has a lot of detail and characters my favourite character is spud because she seems scary at first but at the last few pages she gets nicer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for my kids
I like the Artemis foul books so thought I'd buy some books by the same man they are very good kids books my kids love them very short though
Published 5 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend Of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer Review
It was Humorous and good use of vocabulary and I liked th fact he knew a lot from a kids perspective.
Published 7 months ago by Naughty Ninny
5.0 out of 5 stars The library
Will and Marty wood-mans parents are sending them to the library but you see most people think library's are educational places but there not well any-way not in will and martys... Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Robbinses
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously-funny book!
This is a truly funny book written by Eoin Colfer, a very imaginative author. It starts with Will and Marty, two brothers, who are forced to go to the library during the summer... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Elagar
5.0 out of 5 stars as expected
I was pleased with this book. Looks well illustrated and I am sue that my grandson will enjoy this book
Published 16 months ago by curly
5.0 out of 5 stars The legend of Spud Murphy
Two boys who can't keep themselves amused at home are packed off to the library by their mother. They sit bored on a scrap of carpet in front of a bookshelf; this is the junior... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun in a Library
Will and his brother Marty are doomed to spend their holidays in the Library. This library has a formidable librarian in Mrs Murphy, otherwise known as Spud Murphy, legend has it... Read more
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