Murphy Meets the Treadmill (Hardcover)

By Emily Bolam (Illustrator), Harriet Ziefert

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618113576

Publication Date: September 1, 2001

List Price: 15.00*
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Murphy is a simple dog with simple pleasures. He’s happy just to lie on the porch and watch the people go by, especially if they have treats for him to eat! All those treats add up, though, and even Murphy has to admit that maybe he’s not such a fine example of his breed after all. But what’s a dog to do? Cheryl says he has to diet, and that’s just the beginning.
One day a delivery van arrives with a strange machine. Murphy puts up quite a fight, but Cheryl is determined to get him trim and fit. Soon, the neighbors can’t stop talking about Murphy’s new activity. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks! Readers will delight in the familiar battle of wills between pet and owner, hilariously portrayed through Harriet Ziefert’s witty text and Emily Bolam’s warm, expressive illustrations.

About the Author

Emily Bolam was born and raised in the English countryside. She studied illustration at Brighton College of Art and has illustrated many popular books for children, including Murphy Meets the Treadmill, Louie’s Goose, Clara Ann Cookie, and I Swapped My Dog.

Harriet Ziefert draws on a true story told to her by Santiago Cohen for the text of this Christmas tale. This is her first picture book collaboration with him, though they know each other from their many years in neighboring New Jersey towns.

Praise For Murphy Meets the Treadmill

"Ziefert and Bolam have combined their talents again to introduce Murphy, the burly yellow Labrador who loves to eat. . . .There’s no denying Murphy’s charm, nor Ziefert’s infectious, lighthearted spirit, which Bolam snares with her simple, rosy paintings." Kirkus Reviews