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Julie Murphy

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Melbourne, Australia
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I am an Australian children's writer trained in Zoology. I also once worked as a zookeeper for 10 years. My earliest professional writing consisted of scientific articles. Then I branched out to the occasional magazine article about pets and travel. Now I focus solely on children's fiction and non fiction.
My work includes picture books and information books, poems and short stories. I am internationally published in Trade and Education markets. Two of my books are in award-winning series.
I naturally gravitate towards writing about animals and nature-related topics.
My home is in Melbourne, Australia, where I live with my husband and daughter.

Average rating: 3.97 · 33 ratings · 13 reviews · 19 distinct works
I've Got Feet!: Fantastical...

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Ocean Animal Adaptations

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Whose Home Is This?

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Gilly’s Treasures

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Desert Animal Adaptations

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Whose Baby Is This?

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Coral Reefs Matter

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Nutrition Across A Lifetime

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Whale Sharks

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The Afghanistan Pup by Mark L. Wilson
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A beautiful and clever picture book about a difficult topic. The main text is kept as a simple narrative for the youngest readers to enjoy. Snippets of informative text are added to the illustrations in the form of newspaper clippings or military rep ...more
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Wolfy by Grégoire Solotareff
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A heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship, with themes of trust, love and loyalty. The illustrations didn't grab me, but the production standards of this English edition by Gecko Press are top shelf.
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Sad, the Dog by Sandy Fussell
Sad, the Dog
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This is one of those picture books that may polarise readers because it is about a sad topic. Literally. In the beginning, the dog is treated so poorly and is so sad that it actually names itself Sad. Haven't you ever felt so sad that you felt your l ...more
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Oh, Albert by Davian Bell
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A cute picture book for young children, in which a dog eats whatever it can and winds up in trouble. Does it learn its lesson? No! A lighthearted story in which children can have fun predicting what sort of mayhem will happen next. The watercolour il ...more
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Sticks and Stones by Tai Snaith
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This was a curious children's non fiction picture book about animals' homes. The text is written in rhyming verse and picks out fifteen interesting homes to feature, such as the woven nests of weaver birds, a bilby's burrow, and a muskrat's dome home ...more
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Wild Animals of the North by Dieter Braun
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The stars of the show here are the illustrations and design. Striking and beautiful, this book is one to be treasured by young animal lovers. The text is informative, but occasionally shows signs of seemingly not having had a zoological consultant on ...more
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The big beet by Lynn Ward
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A fun and very entertaining rhyming picture book with a distinctly Aussie flavour. Bonza!
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Finn and Puss by Robert Vescio
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“You are what you eat. What would YOU like to be?”
Julie Murphy, Nutrition Across A Lifetime

“Spiders don't chew. They send a special liquid into their prey. The prey's insides turn to mush. Then the spider sucks up its tasty lunch!”
Julie Murphy, Arachnids

“A male frigate bird blows up a wild red pouch on his neck. He can keep it puffed up for hours. It is his way of impressing the girls.”
Julie Murphy, Seabirds

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“Captain James Cook's ship, The Endeavour, hit a coral outcrop in the Great Barrier Reef in 1770. Cook and his crew camped in what is now called Cooktown for nearly two months while making repairs. Then they sailed south, where Cook claimed the east coast of Australia as British territory.”
Julie Murphy, Great Barrier Reef Under Threat

“Writing a picture book is like writing 'War and Peace' in Haiku.”
Mem Fox

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
Dr. Seuss

“But what she feels is sometimes hard to express...Much of what is best in her is warped on the voyage from within to without.”
Sonya Hartnett, Of a Boy
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“I am dying: it's a beautiful word. Like the long slow sigh of the cello: dying. But the sound of it is the only beautiful thing about it.”
Sonya Hartnett, Surrender

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