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  • 5 stars across 55 books
    Jill Murphy Biography
    Born on 5th July 1949, Jill Murphy is a British writer and illustrator of children's books, best known for The Worst Witch stories and The Large Family picture books.
    Jill’s work has won numerous prizes and awards; her first picture book, Peace at Last was Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and she was shortlisted for the same Medal for A Quiet Night In, the first of the Mr and Mrs Large picture books about the endearing domestic chaos of an elephant family. Five Minutes Peace has sold more than five millions copies worldwide and has been translated into 19 languages.
    Jill showed an interest in writing and drawing from the age of six when she went on to create her own enormous library of handwritten and illustrated books when still attending primary school.
    After leaving school, Jill attended both Chelsea Art School and Croydon Art School. Two years later, she finished her first novel The Worst Witch.
    Jill Murphy Facts
    The "Large Family" is now a TV series on CBeebies and ABC Kids. In 1996 The Last Noo-Noo was adapted as a play and performed at the Polka Theatre, London.
    Jill latest reissue release, The Worst Witch: TV Tie-In was published in to accompany the new CBBC series.
    Our favourite Jill Murphy Book Characters
    Mildred Hubble, Enid Nightshade and Maud Spellbody – from The Worst Witch series
    Lester Large– from The Large Family series
    Our favourite Jill Murphy Book Quotes
    Sybil Hallow: Hello, Mildred. 
    Mildred Hubble: Oh. Hello, Sybil. 
    Sybil Hallow: Could I just say, I thought you were amazing the other night? When you got the Chief Wizard to turn that frog back into a man. I don't care what Ethel says, I think you're absolutely brilliant. 
    Mildred Hubble: Oh. Well, that's very nice of you to say so. 
    Sybil Hallow: In fact, I wish you were my sister, and not Ethel.” (The Worst Witch)
    4th February 2016

    Five Minutes' Peace

    Celebrate thirty years of the Large family in this stunning anniversary edition of a modern picture book classic. ... More

    (90 reviews)
    6th July 2007

    Peace at Last

    The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep -- however he tried and wherever he tried. SNORE, SNORE ... More

    (82 reviews)
    5th September 2013

    The Worst Witch

    'Mildred Hubble was in her first year at the school. She was one of those people who always seemed be in trouble.' ... More

    (38 reviews)
    6th July 2007

    Whatever Next!

    The moon and back before bathtime? Whatever next! Join Baby Bear as he finds a rocket, makes friends with an owl and has... More

    (22 reviews)
    28th May 2018

    First Prize for the Worst Witch

    "I am a hopeless case - everything I do always does go wrong in the end." Mildred Hubble may be ... More

    (19 reviews)
    4th September 2014

    The Worst Witch (Colour Gift Edition)

    Miss Cackle's Academy is no ordinary school. It stands at the top of a high mountain surrounded by a pine forest, and ... More

    (16 reviews)
    13th October 2003

    The Worst Witch Strikes Again

    The Worst Witch Strikes Again by Jill Murphy is the second book in the classic Worst Witch series starring the lov... More

    (11 reviews)
    14th April 2003

    The Worst Witch and The Wishing Star

    Mildred Hubble, positively the Worst Witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches is back in another very funny adventur... More

    (9 reviews)
    6th July 2007

    On the Way Home

    "Well," said Claire, "there was a very big, bad wolf . . . Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to te... More

    (9 reviews)
    5th June 2006

    All In One Piece

    A modern picture-book classic - there's never a dull moment with the Large family! Mr and Mrs Large are getting ready f... More

    (8 reviews)
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