Bulldog Library

Legend of Spud Murphy

on August 23, 2013

JF Colfer    •    AR Reading Level: 3.8    •    AR Points: 1.0    •    Quiz #87214

JacketWill’s parents have decided to send him and his trouble-making older brother to the library to spend their summer break reading.  Will and his older brother beg there parents not to make them go to the library and face the mean librarian, Spud Muphy.  Every kid in town is terrified of Spud Murphy.  They say she shoots kids who break library rules with a gas-powered potato cannon!  Sadly, their pleading is for naught and they are forced spend their summer in the library.

At first the two boys endure their imprisonment in the tiny children’s section by pretending to read and desperately avoiding breaking any of Spud’s many rules, but eventually each boy starts to actually read.  They discover new worlds in the old books and end up reading every book in the small children’s section … twice.  Still terrified of Spud Murphy but desperate to get a new book to read, Will decides he must break Spud’s rules, leave the children’s section, and get a book out of the forbidden adult fiction section.

In the Legend of Spud Murphy, Eion Colfer has created memorable characters and a fun adventure.  Glen McCoy’s stylized black-and-white cartoon illustrations truly add to Eion Colfer character development and enhance the excitement and emotion of this adventure.  This is a clever, comical story that simply fun to read.  If you enjoy stories about evil librarians (and who doesn’t ??), than Eion Colfer’s Legend of Spud Murphy is an absolute must read!

Genre: Humor  •  Interest Level: grades 3-5

Colfer, E. (2004). Legend of Spud Murphy. (Glen McCoy, Illustrator).  New York, NY: Miramax Books.

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