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Don't Worry, Murray

David Ezra Stein, David Ezra Stein (Illustrator)

Hardcover

List Price: 17.99*
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July/August 2022 Kids Indie Next List

“Murray worries about thunderstorms, meeting larger dogs, fireworks, and going to bed at night — but each experience makes Murray just a little braver. This story is thoughtful, tender, and quite amusing. A terrific story for any age!”
— Joanne Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA
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Description

The perfect gift for dog lovers!

Bark, George meets Wemberly Worried in this new classic picture book from David Ezra Stein, Caldecott Honor–winning creator of Interrupting Chicken and Leaves. The ideal read for back-to-school anxiety and soothing nerves all year long.

Murray worries…about lots of things.

He doesn’t want to go out in the rain. He’s scared of the barking dogs at the park. Fireworks make him jump.

But gradually he learns that he can put on a raincoat. He can make new friends. He can be brave.

From Caldecott Honor–winning artist David Ezra Stein comes a tender and reassuring story about facing our fears, whatever they may be.



Praise For Don't Worry, Murray

“Stein’s wide-eyed, floppy-eared, and utterly adorable protagonist is a small pup in an often overwhelming world…. But Murray knows, as readers will, that being loved, looked out for, and celebrated as “brave” for trying new things makes all the difference—and when one possesses that, a dog can have his day.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Children who recognize themselves in Murray will feel seen and, hopefully, empowered. A gem of a picture book, expertly crafted and oh-so-relatable.” — Horn Book (starred review)

“[This] book provides young kids a lens through which to approach their own anxieties…. Viewers with any kind of fear will find a kindred soul in Murray, and they’ll also learn that being brave can bring its own rewards.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“An entertaining look at dealing with fears.” — ALA Booklist

Balzer + Bray, 9780062845245, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2022



About the Author

David Ezra Stein is the Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator and author of Interrupting Chicken as well as many other award-winning picture books, including Dinosaur Kisses; Hush, Little Bunny; and Leaves, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York, with his two children and a bunny named Bun Bun.



David Ezra Stein is the Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator and author of Interrupting Chicken as well as many other award-winning picture books, including Dinosaur Kisses; Hush, Little Bunny; and Leaves, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York, with his two children and a bunny named Bun Bun.