T.M. Murphy and Mark Penta
Book Launch Party
Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 2 PM
Join us at Eight Cousins as we welcome author T.M. Murphy and illustrator Mark Penta for the release of their two new activity books, Super Strange Story Starters and Creative Coloring and Far-Out Fun!
Read the beginning of a story--the rest is up to you!
"After many years of teaching writing, these amazing Totally Weird Activity books will captivate even the most reluctant student! Filled with a wide variety of topics and interests to get a story started, the books will ignite a passion for the craft."
--Laura Baker, elementary school teacher and winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
"Super Strange Story Starters by T.M. Murphy, illus. by Mark Penta, [is] a collection of story prompts kicking off the Totally Weird Activity Books series."
--Publishers Weekly, Fall 2022 Children's Sneak Previews
About Super Strange Story Starters:
With 22 unique prompts plus colorful illustrations, this creative writing book is ready to go in any direction you want. Each story starter prompt includes space inside to write down and explore ideas of what happens next. There is no wrong way to tell a story, so find inspiration in the artwork details, throw in plot twists, reveal secret desires, make happy endings (or not), introduce new characters. . . the possibilities are endless!
Part of the Totally Weird Activity Book series created by childhood friends Mark and Ted, Super Strange Story Starters is perfect for aspiring writers, avid readers, and creative kids who have a story to tell.
About Creative Coloring and Far-Out Fun:
Each page includes dynamic black-and-white illustrations, plus a cool interactive element to spark the imagination. Complete half-finished drawings, create your own story from the writing prompts, solve word searches, and fill in the blanks with ideas as you color through this fun, wacky journey. There's something in here for everyone!
Part of the Totally Weird Activity Book series, Creative Coloring and Far-Out Fun is perfect for young artists, illustrators, coloring book fans, writers, and puzzlers who like to imagine and create things.
About the Authors:
T.M. Murphy is the author of the Belltown Mystery Series and Saving Santa’s Seals. Murphy has been featured in 101 Highly Successful Novelists and chosen by Cape Cod Life Magazine as One of the 400 Cape Cod People Who Brighten Our Lives. He spends his winters touring schools and his summers teaching young writers at The Writers’ Shack in his hometown of Falmouth, Massachusetts. Visit www.facebook.com/TheJustWriteItClass.
Mark Penta is a freelance illustrator and Hartford Art School graduate. His work has been published by Dell Magazines, Andrews McMeel, and featured on the Belltown Mystery book covers. He is the author/illustrator of several picture books, including Cape Cod Invasion! which was named a “Must-have product” by Cape Cod Life Magazine. He has taught drawing lessons to all ages, both privately and at schools like R.I.S.D. He also runs a fun and successful drawing service at private parties and corporate events.
Learn more about their Totally Weird Activity Books at
This is event is free.