Martine Murray was born in Melbourne, and still lives there. She has studied acrobatics, dance, yoga and writing. In addition to her Henrietta books, she has written two picture books, illustrated one, and written three novels that have sold extensively overseas.
In each of the two novels and two picture books she’s had published since 2000 Martine Murray has featured heroines who, despite troubles, sparkle with life and verve. Like the little girl in A Moose Called Mouse they rejoice in friendship, fun, and the sun coming up each day. Henrietta P Hoppenbeek the First, star of Murray’s third illustrated book, is the most vivacious of all. Henrietta has an extraordinary imagination, confidence, unquenchable energy and a remarkable vocabulary for a child who appears to be about four years old. This is a catalogue of her family and imaginative life; two things that exist together such as in her speculation of life overrun with Alberts (Albert being her baby brother). The drawing of little Albert parked on the bookshelf made me laugh out loud. This sort of robustness is at times undercut by whimsicality and a wordiness that is at odds with the notion of a fun-loving child. Book design is appealing—a small hardback in two colours (red and sepia)—with witty naive-style sketches by the author. Recommended as an excellent read aloud or, with some guidance, as a beginner-book for children of a similar age to Henrietta. Kerry White’s Australian Children’s Books, a Bibliography vol. 3 was published this year by MUP. C. 2004 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors
Artistic and quirky in style, this irresistible storybook will appeal to young children and anyone who remembers a time when anything was possible.' AEU NewsDec 2004.a captivating glimpse into the world of a little girl with a very curly imagination, sure to be enjoyed by adults and children who love Eloiseand Clarice Bean.' New Zealand Herald11/11/04