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The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer
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The Legend of Spud Murphy

by Eoin Colfer

Other authors: Glenn McCoy (Illustrator)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Will and Marty (1)

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Summary:

This book is about two brothers, Will and Marty, Their parents decide they should do something better with their time than destroy the house during the summer. So their mom drops them off at the library 3 times a week so they can spend sometime reading.
The boys are terrified of the library because they think it is boring and also because they believe a rumor that says the librarian will shoot them with potato guns if the they misbehave. They do misbehave at first, not staying at their designated section, specially Will's older brother Marty. They go to the library for weeks and pretend to read until on day they start reading for real. They eventually read all the books in the children's section. Will then risks being shoot at with a potato for leaving his designated area, but when he explains to the librarian that all he wanted was more books to read. The librarian then rewards him with a library card for adults and becomes his friend.

Review:

I think this is really fun book that will encourage reluctant readers to read. The book itself tells a story about a blossoming love for reading . The book is easy to read. The characters are relatable. The two little boys are mischievous and want exactly what every other little book wants, to have fun. They think reading is boring but soon discover that they love it. It is a lesson learned within the context of fun jokes and the stories concocted by the wild imagination.
The illustrations also part of what makes this book so inviting. There are many of them and they are all funny and depict many of the boys wild imaginings.
The book is a great transition book from picture books to chapter books.
  ycinto1 | Sep 29, 2014 |
När de två bröderna Lukas och Martin tvingas till biblioteket för att spendera eftermiddagar där under lovet kommer de öga mot öga med den skräckinjagande bibliotekarien, som kallas potatishäxan av alla barn. Hennes namn har hon fått eftersom ryktet går att hon disciplinerar riktiga bråkstakar med en potatiskanon. Lukas och Martin provar utan större framgång att lura henne, allt för att undkomma faktiskt läsande. Men så småningom förändras deras inställning till både potatishäxan och böcker...

En rolig och rätt lättläst bok som man kan sätta i händerna på de som läsningen går lite trögt för. De svartvita illustrationerna bidrar både med humor och med att göra boken lättare att läsa. Redigt med utrymme mellan raderna. Berättelsen spelar mycket på stereotyper, så som de busiga (läsovilliga) pojkarna, den stränga bibliotekarien eller de jobbiga småsyskonen. Eftersom boken är just humoristisk och lättläst gör det inte så mycket, utan man får ta den för vad den är. ( )
  moa.ryrlind | Jan 30, 2013 |
Ali Qutab
Summer Reading Book Review
Mr. Bronson
September 13th 2012

Eoin Colfer’s Adventures of: Spud Murphy

Young readers will hoot over Will's cynical narration. The legend of Spud Murphy is a great book to motivate kids to read and represents humor. No matter how old, this book is perfect for someone looking for a light atonement and the story's comic moments, brevity and message are well targeted to reluctant readers. The legend of Spud Murphy is not intimidating, but it tells a good story. The bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series introduces a brilliant new chapter book series, and acclaimed cartoonist McCoy lends his wickedly funny illustrations to take readers on an unforgettable trip through the world of a "kindly" librarian with a secret. According to me, all these characteristic of this book are exactly why I chose and loved reading it.

“Suddenly a shadow fell across my brother…….. It was Spud. She had appeared without a sound, like a ninja librarian.”

Spud Murphy is a story of a story of a young boy who meets many obstacles along the path of his life. Will (the main character) is one of five brothers, which would be a nightmare for any mother. Especially HP, the smartest of them all. However, the brother who uses being gleeful as a trump card deliberately. The problem is, Will is too young to be in charge but too young to escape blame through strategic use of cuteness. In this particular book by Eoin Colfer, Will meets the “most terrifying librarian ever”, who is his old nemesis as well, Spud Murphy. They call her the only librarian to have ever had a “Spud” gun. Will, along with Marty (the oldest brother) were abased to here that they would have to spend two hours every week at the library (day dreaming).

Surprisingly, after weeks of day dreaming, Marty finally found a book. Seeing this, Will went looking for a book of his satisfaction. So, they kept reading and reading books, the two brothers. Oh, they were enraptured by the books. From reading Horror to reading comedy, Will and Marty read them all. They had read each book a multiple amount of times However, one day; the two brothers were all out of books to read!

Therefore, one day, Will went to divulge his adrenaline by going to the restricted section for a new book. Will didn’t even think twice, not even once, but a hundred times. All Will wanted was to get a new book and get his action figure back (which Marty had taken). It would be like killing two birds with one stone. The results were perceptible yet execrable. But no, this incident had led to the end of disparity between Mrs. Murphy and Will. I would give this book five stars.

“Colfer aims at a younger audience and hilariously hits the mark.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will laugh out loud at this clever book….. A good choice for fans of Dav Pilkey, Jon Sciezka, and Ian Whybrow.”

-School Library Journal

"An imposing story of the average boy's emprise in a gratifying perspective"

- Ali Qutab
  br13alqu | Sep 13, 2012 |
Great read..kids can relate, has a lot of funny scenarios so you can get a good laugh, as well as read. This one was one I could even get my non reading son to finish. Has a lot of pictures, kids don't get too overwhelmed with it. ( )
  Marylee1973 | Mar 16, 2012 |
Will and Marty are brothers whose own parents are fed up with their antics. Their mother decides they need to do something educational and drops them off at the library, monitored by the much feared Mrs. Murphy. Does she truly use a potato gun to shoot children who are making too much noise? How does she appear on the scene so quickly, so quietly, with skills of a ninja? Can Will and Marty make it through the summer? Don't miss the sequels Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth and Legend of the Worst Boy in the World. Appropriate for Grades 2-4. ( )
  lder | Mar 9, 2011 |
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Ali Qutab
Summer Reading Book Review
Mr. Bronson
September 13th 2012

Eoin Colfer’s Adventures of: Spud Murphy

Young readers will hoot over Wills cynical narration. The legend of Spud Murphy is a great book to motivate kids to read and represents humor. No matter how old, this book is perfect for someone looking for a light atonement and the story's comic moments, brevity and message are well targeted to reluctant readers. The legend of Spud Murphy is not intimidating, but it tells a good story. The bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series introduces a brilliant new chapter book series, and acclaimed cartoonist McCoy lends his wickedly funny illustrations to take readers on an unforgettable trip through the world of a "kindly" librarian with a secret. According to me, all these characteristic of this book are exactly why I chose and loved reading it.

“Suddenly a shadow fell across my brother…….. It was Spud. She had appeared without a sound, like a ninja librarian.”

Spud Murphy is a story of a story of a young boy who meets many obstacles along the path of his life. Will (the main character) is one of five brothers, which would be a nightmare for any mother. Especially HP, the smartest of them all. However, the brother who uses being gleeful as a trump card deliberately. The problem is, Will is too young to be in charge but too young to escape blame through strategic use of cuteness. In this particular book by Eoin Colfer, Will meets the “most terrifying librarian ever”, who is his old nemesis as well, Spud Murphy. They call her the only librarian to have ever had a “Spud” gun. Will, along with Marty (the oldest brother) were abased to here that they would have to spend two hours every week at the library (day dreaming).
Surprisingly, after weeks of day dreaming, Marty finally found a book. Seeing this, Will went looking for a book of his satisfaction. So, they kept reading and reading books, the two brothers. Oh, they were enraptured by the books. From reading Horror to reading comedy, Will and Marty read them all. They had read each book a multiple amount of times However, one day; the two brothers were all out of books to read!
Therefore, one day, Will went to divulge his adrenaline by going to the restricted section for a new book. Will didn’t even think twice, not even once, but a hundred times. All Will wanted was to get a new book and get his action figure back (which Marty had taken). It would be like killing two birds with one stone. The results were perceptible yet execrable. But no, this incident had led to the end of disparity between Mrs. Murphy and Will. I would give this book five stars.
“Colfer aims at a younger audience and hilariously hits the mark.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will laugh out loud at this clever book….. A good choice for fans of Dav Pilkey, Jon Sciezka, and Ian Whybrow.”
-School Library Journal
added by br13alqu | editAli Qutab, Ali Qutab (Sep 13, 2012)
 
Gr 2-4-This hilarious offering is the first in a new chapter-book series. When their parents become fed up with their boisterous behavior during summer vacation, Will and Marty Woodman are forced to do something educational: "Reading. It's perfect. How can you get into trouble reading a book?" The brothers will spend time at the library, despite their worries about the librarian, Mrs. "Spud" Murphy, who is feared by all children. According to the rumors, she uses a gas-powered gun to shoot potatoes at kids who make too much noise. When Mom drops them off later that afternoon, Mrs. Murphy leads them to the children's section and warns them that they are not to venture off of the carpet. Readers will immediately pick up that Marty has a problem following the rules and trouble ensues when he steps off the rug to cause some mischief. However, he has met his match in Spud, who silently appears on the scene like a "ninja librarian." The cartoon illustrations enhance the funny mood of the story. Youngsters, especially reluctant readers, will laugh out loud at this clever book, which can also be read aloud. A good choice for fans of Dav Pilkey, Jon Scieszka, and Ian Whybrow.-Christine McGinty, Albany Public Library, NY
 

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McCoy, GlennIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jakobeit, BrigitteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, TonyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gevaarlijk? Hoe kan de bibliotheek nou gevaarlijk zijn? vroeg papa.
Niet de bieb zelf fluisterde Martin. Maar die vrouw daar. Mevrouw Kan? De bibliothecaresse? zei mam. dat is een lieve oude dame. Dat is het probleem met grote mensen: ze zien alleen de buitenkant. Maar kinderen kennen de waarheid. Grote mensen vergeten dat ze zich aardig moeten gedragen waar kinderen bij zijn, omdat niemand kinderen serieus neemt.
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Every kid in town knows about Spud Murphy. Grown-ups think she's the kindly old librarian, but kids know the truth. They've heard all about the gas-powered spud gun she keeps hidden under her desk-make so much as a sound in her library and you could get spudded with soggy potatoes. Laugh out loud and you may never be seen again . . . And now, in a major coup of parental injustice, Will and his older brother, Marty, have been ordered to spend their summer vacation in Spud's library! Will brothers Will and Marty survive a summer marooned on the carpet of Spud's children's section, under the watchful eye of this terrifying librarian? Or will they discover a new interest that surprises even them?

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When their mother starts dropping them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread boredom and the overbearing librarian, but they are surprised at how things turn out.

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