Don't Worry, Murray

by David Ezra Stein (Author) David Ezra Stein (Illustrator)

Don't Worry, Murray
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

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.


Horn Book Magazine

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)

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

Stein's (The Worm Family Has Its Picture Taken) wide-eyed, floppy-eared, and utterly adorable protagonist is a small pup in an often overwhelming world, shown in fluid multimedia cartoons as far from in command of his surroundings. Murray worries about a lot of things: getting washed away by a rainstorm, a big dog in the park who might be a bully, the cat print hung near his bed that, to Murray's eyes, seems downright ghoulish. But the omniscient narrator--Murray's loving owner--never belittles the pooch, instead offering whatever's needed to help Murray venture out into the world. Rainstorm? Murray gets a snappy yellow slicker that makes him wag his tail. Big dog? The narrator offers reassurance: "He's nice." Scary feline art? "I'll stay right here with you while you fall asleep." The solutions aren't absolutely foolproof: that big friendly dog still has a very loud bark. 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. Ages 4-8. (June)

Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"[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

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780062845245
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publication date
June 20, 2022
Series
-
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV002210 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Rabbits
JUV039090 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | New Experience
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV055000 - Juvenile Fiction | Nursery Rhymes
Library of Congress categories
Dogs
Picture books
Courage
Emotions
Worry

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