Murphy Meets the Treadmill by Harriet Ziefert

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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 Harriet Ziefert

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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. Bolam was born and raised in the English countryside. She studied Illustrations at Brighton College of Art and is the illustrator of many popular books for children, including Murphy Meets the Treadmill, Louies Goose, Clara Ann Cookie, and I Swapped My Dog, also a big fan of swapping, hopes to make at least one good swap this year. She makes her home in England.
 
Published September 1, 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Ziefert and Bolam (Clara Ann Cookie, Go to Bed, not reviewed, etc.) have combined their talents again to introduce Murphy, the burly yellow Labrador who loves to eat.

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In this playful if uneven picture book, a young woman from Boston and her yellow Lab embark for the City of Light, where a special "Heavenly Pets" hotel package assures top-dog treatment for four-legged guests.

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The narrator of this makeover tale starts out as a roly-poly Labrador whose favorite pastimes are lying on the porch and bumming junk food from the neighborhood kids.

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