Mark A. Murphy Reviews Phoebe and Ito are dogs

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Photo of book cover by Rob Plath

Phoebe and Ito are dogs – A Bite Size Review by M.A.M.

Phoebe and Ito are dogs is a charming collaboration of poetry by John Yamrus with illustrations by Mish (Eileen Murphy) concerning the adventures of (a day in the life) of two adorable cocker spaniels.

Phoebe, who confesses to being a princess, and her brother Ito spend their doggy days chasing rabbits and talking to squirrels. Then, when a big fire breaks out at the family barbecue, Phoebe and Ito save the day by barking at the top of their voices, thereby alerting their human owners to the dangers of the fire outside in the garden.

Beautifully simple and equally amiable in both the writing and artistry, this little children’s book will delight and engage readers of all kinds, especially those who obviously love dogs and their doggish lives as much as John and Mish most certainly do.

If you’re looking for the ‘meaning of life,’ you might not find it here, but you will find a gorgeously illustrated metaphor of and for ‘doggishness’ that might well lighten your load, whilst entertaining you and your children for the price of a few cappuccinos, and ten minutes of reading time. Well worth the small investment.

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Mark A. Murphy is a British writer whose poetry publications include Tin Cat Alley (Spout, 1996), Our Little Bit of Immortality (Erbacce Press, 2011), Night-Watch Man & Muse (Salmon Poetry, 2013), To Nora, A Singer of Sad Songs (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, 2019), and Night Wanderer’s Plea (Waterloo Press, 2019). His next book Poems: Precepts and Paradoxes is in the pipeline from Cowboy Buddha Press, USA. His work has been published in 18 countries in over 200 print magazines and online journals. He is founder/creator and editor of the online poetry journal, Poetica Review (

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Author: Mish (Eileen) Murphy

Hi. I am a writer, visual artist, and professor. I write and publish poetry and book reviews. I take photos and create photo art. I teach literature and English at Polk State College, Lakeland, Florida.

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