This story is about a dog called Murphy and his human Mary. He is a very happy dog and everywhere Mary goes he is always by her side. They go on lots of adventures together and always have lots of fun.

Murphy was so excited when they went to the beach that he put sand over everybody and in their sandwiches. Nobody was happy with Murphy and called him a bad pup. Mary said it was just bad luck.

Everywhere Murphy went, trouble followed him and he had bad luck. There was chaos at the farm, the shop and a birthday party. Murphy made a huge mess and made lots of people grumpy and sad.

Mary decided it was time to change their luck. They search for a four leaf clover, a lucky horseshoe and a rainbow but end up in more trouble each time.

Bad luck followed them everywhere because of Murphy’s law. What can go wrong will go wrong when Murphy is around. Mary was so sad but Murphy gave her a big furry hug.

At the end of the story they figure out that it wasn’t bad luck but Murphy’s tail that caused all the problems. He was so happy when he went places his tail knocked off people and broke things. It wasn’t bad luck following them around, it was happiness. Murphy was delighted that Mary loved him in spite of his clumsiness and that she liked him just the way he was.

Our favourite part of the story was when they went to the horse stables to try to find a lucky horseshoe. Of course there was more disaster and they fell into horse poo! This made us all laugh a lot.

We really loved this story. We’d give it 10 out of 10. It’s a great story for all ages. Ben, who is 8, loved reading it to his sisters who are 3 and 6. Top marks from us!

By Ben, 2nd class St Brigid’s NS, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow.

Murphy’s Law” by Muireann Ní Chíobháin, is published by the O’Brien Press. It is now on sale for €12.99 (H/B).

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher, O’Brien Press, free of charge to Seomra Ranga for the purposes of this review