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Will and his brother Marty are doomed to spend their holidays in the library. Doesn't their mum know that the library is no fun? Worse, it is the home of the legendary librarian Mrs. Murphy. If you put a foot wrong, she will use her dreaded gas-powered spud gun and you don't want that--just ask Ugly Frank how he got his nickname! But in Will and Marty, has Spud Murphy met ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published March 4th 2004 by Penguin Childrens Hardbacks (first published 2004)
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Paul Greer
Aug 23, 2011 Paul Greer rated it really liked it
The Legend of Spud Murphy is about a young boy, Will, and his four brothers. Will and his brother Martin, being the elder brothers, are blamed for the mischief and noise within the house during a long boring summer holiday. Their parents think it best to get them out of the house and decide upon an educational based pursuit for the remainder of the holidays, deciding that they should attend the library each day. As with all young imaginations, the boys know that the library is inhabited by the t ...more
A.D. Mercer
Jul 02, 2013 A.D. Mercer rated it really liked it
When Will and Marty, the two oldest boys of five, are sent off to the library it seems their worst fears are realised when they first encounter the dreaded librarian. Mrs Murphy seems to be the epitome of the crusty, scary, aloof ‘boss of the books’, and, initially at least, it appears that everything is true, she really hates children.

Both Marty and Will knew of the spud gun, hence Mrs Murphy’s nick name ‘Spud Murphy’, and were already convinced of its existence even before they’d met the head
Mar 07, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Eoin Colfer, Artemis is one of my favorite characters as of late. This is a much easier read and more appropriate for young readers than Artemis, yet Colfer's wit is still spot on. This is a great young reader book. My 2nd graders LOVED it! At least three of my kids borrowed this book (or got their parents to buy it) after we read it, they wanted to read it over and over.
Jan 06, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2016
A quick read. This book was recommended to me by a wonderful new fifth grade teacher in our school. She shares it with her class to break the ice at the beginning of the year. I had no idea it was about a librarian when I began. It is a clever story with fun characters and a great message about books.

Fits my 2016 reading challenge:
#10 - a book somebody loaned me
#11 - a book about a librarian
My first Eoin Colfer book, recommended to me by my little library friend. Very funny book about Libraries and Librarians. Even better when the recommender whispers to you "and she stamped his arm with a I Love Barbies stamp" :)
Jan 21, 2014 Gaby rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. Such a fun book - there were moments when I could not stop laughing, I'd read parts to my partner and we'd both be in stitches. Plus, it's a book about a cranky librarian... What could be more enjoyable?
Aug 25, 2008 Emilie rated it liked it
Funny and consequently great for young and, in particular, reluctant readers. Without being too obvious it has a couple of good lessons: reading is fun and people are not always what they seem. This is one that I would read with my children.
Margot  (The Bookworm Experiment)

Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 stars)

Eoin Colfer is one of my fave authors, couldn't help myself.

Great book for kids! :)
Feb 22, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
Read this book with grandson. Great, fun book. Kids would love it!
Feb 07, 2008 Jean rated it really liked it
This should be required reading for all children's librarians. What a hoot.
Amanda Thompson
Original BookTube review HERE

Eoin Colfer is best known for his wonderful Artemis Fowl series, but here he deviates by writing a story without fairies or magic. Instead, we get a ninja librarian. I think that’s a fair trade-off. The one consistent thing about Colfer’s writing in any genre is his side-splitting humor. Even writing for a much younger intended audience, he still manages to retain his wit and finesse with wordplay.

This is recommended for readers 7 and up, and is definitely one that b
Angela Treacy
Aug 24, 2011 Angela Treacy rated it it was amazing
After misbehaving at home during the holidays, brothers, Will and Marty are supposed to spend the remainder of their holidays in the library. The boys are not one bit happy about this decision but have no choice but to visit the library for three days a week.

When Will and Marty arrive at the library they are met by the mean librarian, Spud Murphy. She shows them to the children’s section (with only four shelves!) and tells them not to move away from here or there will be trouble. Marty doesn’t l
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Poor Will is one of 5 boys (all under the age of 11) who are demolishing the house during summer vacation. His parents decide that Something Must Be Done, and that Something is sending him and his older brother Marty to the library three times a week. His mother is convinced that they'll love it, Will is convinced that they won't survive it. Their local library is home to the terrifying Spud Murphy, the meanest spud-gun-toting librarian in the universe. Of course
Mar 26, 2011 sabisteb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim hat vier Geschwister, alles Jungen. 5 kleine Jungs, der (Alb-)Traum jeder Mutter. Tim ist der Zweitälteste, Donni, Bert und HP (halbe Portion) sind die „Kleinen“ und spielen diese Trumpfkarte auch genüsslich und bewusst aus.
In ihrer Verzweiflung beschließt ihre Mutter Tim und seinen älteren Bruder Marty drei Mal in der Woche für je zwei Stunden in der örtlichen Bücherei zu parken. Ein schauriger Ort, der von Knolle Murphy, einer fiesen und gemeinen Bibliothekarin regiert wird. Diese Knolle M
Feb 13, 2017 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-kids
I liked it more than I thought I would actually. Cute. Short.
susan nolan
Level P ?
Brothers ages 9 and 10-main characters
Jul 06, 2012 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Eoin Colfer is one of, if not my favorite author of all time. So even though I am older, I went and bought The Legend of Spud Murphy. Including the pictures, it is 95 pages long yet it really packs a lot in.

The book is about Will and Marty who have to spend part of their summer in the library *gag*. Not only do they not want to read, they are nervous of the possible ninja librarian who has been rumored to shoot kids with a potato gun.

Usually when I read books aimed towards the age this book is
Julie Decker
Aug 18, 2014 Julie Decker rated it liked it
Will and Marty are boisterous kids. And their parents have had it. So they decide they're going to spend the summer going to the library instead of outside playing. They're devastated! Why would they want to spend the summer READING? Well, even worse than that, the librarian is a totalitarian executioner--er, well, a strict woman with a reputation for shooting kids with a potato gun if the so much as step off the children's section carpet. Will they outsmart her? Or . . . will she help them unde ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Evelyne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Het moet écht eens gedaan zijn met die stereotiepe verhalen over bibliotheken en hun personeel...
Een "verschrikkelijke" bibliothecaresse??
Die als een draak waakt over haar bibliotheek waar nog geen piepje mag weerklinken???

Duidelijk geschreven door een nitwit, die niet eens de moeite heeft gedaan om te zien hoeveel inspanningen bibliotheekpersoneel dagelijks levert om het allemaal maar naar ieders zin te maken. Bibliotheken zijn al lang geen instellingen meer waar amper mag gezucht worden, het
Ainsley H-m
Jun 20, 2014 Ainsley H-m rated it it was amazing
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 happen
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Marty and Will are the eldest of a family of five brothers. When their parents decide tehy should do "something educational" and their mom settles on dropping them off at the library, they are terrified. They are terrified because of the legend of Mrs. Murphy, the librarian, who is rumored to shoot potatoes at any child who misbehaves, permanently scarring their faces.
When their mom forces them to go despite their pleas otherwise, they
Jul 30, 2013 Carla rated it it was amazing
i really enjoyed reading The Legend Of Spud Murphy. It is a book that is likely targeted at an audience of 8-12 (I'm guessing), but it is still accessible to students older than that who might be reluctant or struggling readers. Unlike other titles that I have read that aim at this audience, this book develops its storyline. It might be a short read, but Colfer is skilled at developing a narrative and every brushstroke and piece of dialogue counts. Even though I am a long way off the audience ag ...more
Erin Forson
Nov 29, 2011 Erin Forson rated it liked it
The Legend of Spud Murphy
by Eoin Colfer
What's it like to have 5 brothers and live in a trailer? Ask Will. It smells like old socks, campground outhouses and sweat. The worst part is one never knows if your hair will be shaved off in the middle of the night or if your underwear will be hanging on the mail box the next morning—guys are crazy with practical jokes, and brothers are the worst. They are so bad in fact, that Will's mom decides Will and Marty, his older, crazier brother, are going to be
May 30, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Will and Marty, the two oldest brothers in their family, are dropped off at the library three times a week for two hours. The librarian, the impossibly intimidating Mrs. Murphy, has strict rules and a ridiculous reputation. The two boys fool around, get into trouble, and eventually discover that reading is a wonderful way to pass the time.

Recommended as an early chapter book that's perfect for second graders. It's easy for me to find early chapter books for girls -- Clementine, Junie B. Jones,
Mar 28, 2016 Lynda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-read
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Jan 17, 2013 Samantha rated it liked it
In this funny adventure by Aretmis Fowl author Eoin Colfer, brothers Will and Marty find themselves facing a fate worse than death. Because they have been so rowdy and driven their parents crazy, they are being sent to the PUBLIC LIBRARY three days a week during summer vacation. There, they come face to face with the legendary librarian "Spud" Murphy, who is known to own a potato gun and use it against unsuspecting library users who cross her. At first Will and Marty try to stay out of her way a ...more
Apr 19, 2013 Jonathan rated it liked it
A book about a boy falling in love with books. Will and Marty have been sent to pass their summer holidays in a library ruled over by the fierce Mrs "Spud" Murphy. A librarian famed for her gas powered spud gun and tracking skills, she ensures the boys do not leave the children's section. They eventually discover a passion for reading, but a problem occurs when they run out of children's books to read. Do they dare to venture into the adult section and face the wrath of Spud Murphy?

This book has
Lorraine Der
Mar 31, 2012 Lorraine Der rated it liked it
Library Catalog

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 Lege
Jun 03, 2010 Phoebe rated it it was ok
The desperate parents of five little boys tell the two oldest that they must spend summer afternoons at the library. Not so bad, right? Bad--because the librarian only LOOKS like a kindly old lady. In reality she is a tough, dangerous ninja librarian with eyes in the back of her head and a spud gun in her desk drawer. Will the two boys survive their summer? Although I had several issues with the book (for example, the boys are given adult library cards on the condition they show Mrs. Murphy thei ...more
May 06, 2008 Lora rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: reluctant readers
Shelves: children-s-lit
Colfer manages to paint a picture for the reader of an out of control librarian imposing her strict rules over the poor Woodman, while making the entire story incredibly real and funny. It is this truth that makes the book so good. Not only do the children grow throughout the story, but it is through this growth that the author is able to teach a lesson about reluctant readers to his audience without sounding too forced. The illustrations, like in Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, add to the te ...more
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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