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Alison Murray grew up in Lanarkshire near Glasgow and studied Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating she moved to London and worked in a variety of jobs including bookseller and rug designer before completing a MA in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University. She then co-founded, created and built a successful Interactive Media company and then sold it and moved back to Scotland. Alison has now found a new niche, writing and illustrating children`s picture books. She lives in Glasgow with her husband, little girl and dog.
Every page opening is joyously coloured. **** * Books For Keeps * Utterly lovable. * Scotland On Sunday * A perfect introduction to the alphabet. * Book Fest Reading Guide * A visual treat. Two memorable characters of which children and parents alike will want to see a lot more. * INIS * Delicious! * Books For Keeps * Very enjoyable for both the reader and their recipient! * School Librarian * Rarely can the alphabet have been presented in a more child-friendly way. * Independent * Lovely illustrations matched with a cunning use of the alphabet. * Financial Times * Alison Murray's illustrations are utterly delightful. Sure to become a nursery classic. * Angels & Urchins * Parchment-coloured pages and linocut images in muted shades give this neatly designed book traditional warmth. * Sunday Times * Retold with wit, filled with charm and illustrated with tremendous style. Bound to be loved by young children and adults alike. * Reading Zone * The bold, retro artwork is colourful and attractive and the story is full of humour * The Best New Children's Books 2015 * Ideal for little ones learning the alphabet.. highly recommended. * Bookbag *
A long-eared dog-with a passing resemblance to early versions of Snoopy-longs for his young owner's irresistible apple pie in this ABC book. Red and white letters, reminiscent of toy wood blocks, appear on each page, as the girl happily "bake[s] it," then "dish[es] it out." The expressive hound goes from being "eager for it," to "have to get a lick of it," which results in a gentle scolding before the "quietly determined" puppy devises a scheme for getting his pie. The grainy, retro-style artwork gives the book a deliciously vintage feel, and readers will be glad that perseverance (and pie!) win out over manners. Ages 2-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
PreS-K-Murray cleverly uses the alphabet to tell the story of a puppy that yearns for a taste of a girl's homemade apple pie. Big, bold, uppercase letters introduce each phrase: "apple pie/bake it/cool it/dish it out.." The young canine, with expressive eyebrows over simple black dots for eyes, is determined to get at least a little lick of the pie. The large-font text coupled with just a few words will have preschoolers telling the story themselves after a reading or two. The matte texture of the paper and the suggestion of linoleum prints of block letters are reminiscent of books from the 1950s.There are numerous blue accents on pages that are printed primarily in shades of red, orange, and yellow. Endpapers reinforce the alphabet motif. This book has broad appeal.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.