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- Listening Length: 42 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Jun. 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQBE1S
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The Legend of Spud Murphy Audio Download – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
My daughter said to me that all childrens books should be funny, because children like to laugh and this book certainly fulfils that expectation.
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)
Well, this series, following the adventures of the two older Woodman brothers, (ages 9 and 10), is honestly funny, good natured, subtle, and full of warm insight into the minds of 9 and 10 year olds. It is similar to the Wimpy Kid books, in that most of the humor is not intended by the narrator, and comes from his thoughts and actions, his casual observations, and his sometimes tone deaf interactions with others.
From the wise and funny parents, to the three younger brothers who serve as a sort of silly Greek chorus commenting on the action, the characters are well conceived. The hijinks are mild, the plots are simple, the messages are low key, and the whole book just reads like innocent fun. The two brothers really sound and feel like real brothers, which is quite a feat in itself. That said, the vocabulary and the quality of the writing are way ahead of most chapter books, and I would expect a young reader to feel very satisfied after reading this book.
We can't wait to read more about these brothers and their adventures!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Grandson enjoyed this book very much - good story. Arrived quickly and well packaged. Would deal with seller in future. ThanksPublished 8 months ago by peggy
Chose 5 stars because I liked it
Because it was interesting when he goes off the carpet and slides the ladder
Excellent story for children starting out on chapter books as fairly short but a real page turner. Suitable for early readers (son is 6) too as Spud skillfully developed as... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was awesome because it had dangerous characters and funny moments. I thought it taught me that if I went to that library I might have been spurred. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M Hannon
Highly recommended for pre-teens. Very entertaining and well written. The librarian was very funny. A good buy and a good read!Published 23 months ago by MR MW & Mrs VR Anderson