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Jill Murphy

  • 5 stars across 81 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)
    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

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    4th February 2016

    Five Minutes' Peace

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

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    5th September 2013

    The Worst Witch

    Hold on to your broomstick for magical mayhem! Jill Murphy's much-loved classic The Worst Witch -the original story of l... More

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    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

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    26th January 2017

    The Worst Witch: TV tie-in

    The Worst Witch written and illustrated by Jill Murphy is reissued with an exciting TV tie-in cover to accompany the new... More

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    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

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    1st August 2011

    Five Minutes' Peace

    Celebrate twenty-five years of the Large family with this special edition of a modern picture book classic, complete wit... More

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    1st November 2006

    Mr Large In Charge

    The bestselling Large Family are back in a charming new tale of family life! Mrs Large isn't feeling well so Mr Large s... More

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    14th March 2005

    The Worst Witch All at Sea

    The Worst Witch All At Sea is the fourth of Jill Murphy's classic, much-loved The Worst Witch series, the original story... More

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    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 lovable b... More

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    5th June 2006

    A Quiet Night In

    A modern picture-book classic - there's never a dull moment with the Large family! It's Mr Large's birthday and Mrs Lar... More

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    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

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    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

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    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 adventure.... More

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    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

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    14th March 2005

    The Worst Witch Saves the Day

    The Worst Witch Saves the Day is the fifth adventure in the much-loved Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy, in which lovab... More

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    13th October 2003

    A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch

    A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch is the third of Jill Murphy's much-loved The Worst Witch series, starring the lovable bu... More

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    1st June 2006

    Five Minutes Peace

    This is a modern picture-book classic - there's never a dull moment with the Large family! One morning Mrs Large, needin... More

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    5th June 2006

    A Piece of Cake

    A modern picture book classic about the best-loved Larges, in the series that includes Five Minutes' Peace, A Quiet In a... More

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    28th February 2017

    A Piece of Cake

    A stunning new edition of a modern classic in the bestselling Large Family series. "If you are not familiar with these ... More

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    1st July 2008

    The Large Family: Laura Bakes A Cake

    Laura is baking a cake in class tomorrow. There's only one problem: Mrs Large has run out of flour. They try the shop bu... More

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    1st August 2001

    The Worst Witch

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    6th July 2009

    All in One Piece

    Mr and Mrs Large are getting ready for the office dinner-dance. But with Lester, Laura, Luke and the baby around, they'l... More

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    6th July 2009

    A Quiet Night in

    It's Mr Large's birthday and Mrs Large has prepared him a meal, as they're going to celebrate with a quiet night in. But... More

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    1st June 1995

    Dwmi-dwm Olaf Un

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    1st August 1995

    Beth Nesaf?

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    1st January 1995

    Pum Munud o Lonydd

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    1st July 1999

    Beth Nesaf?

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    1st November 2004

    The Large Family

    Published in one bumper volume, these four great stories are firm favourites with children and parents alike. In "Five M... More

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    1st April 2010

    Dear Hound

    Alfie the deerhound is a large grey puppy. He loves his boy Charlie, and cheese, and he's very good at digging holes. Bu... More

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    14th March 2005

    The Worst Witch to the Rescue

    The Worst Witch to the Rescue by Jill Murphy is a classic Worst Witch adventure starring lovable but accident-prone Mild... More

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    1st March 2012

    Mother Knows Best

    Little Bradley bear is full of fun and just wants to play. He wants go in an hot air balloon and why can't he play with ... More

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    1st December 1993

    Heddwch o'r Diwedd

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    3rd October 2013

    The Worst Witch and The Wishing Star

    The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy is back in an exciting, very funny 7th adventure. In The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star... More

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    1st September 2011

    The Last Noo-Noo

    A brilliantly funny book about a monster attached to his dummy, from the bestselling author-illustrator of Five Minutes'... More

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    28th May 1981

    Worst Witch Strikes Again

    "The Worst Witch Strikes Again" is a classic "Worst Witch" book by Jill Murphy. "The Worst Witch Strikes Again" is the s... More

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    27th February 2014

    Fun with The Worst Witch (World Book Day)

    A fun-filled activity book starring the one-and-only Mildred Hubble, positively the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy... More

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    1st July 2016

    Five Minutes' Peace

    Join in the fun with the Large family with this wonderful sticker activity book, based on the classic picture book by Ji... More

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    1st July 2016

    Five Minutes' Peace

    Colour in the Large family with this wonderful colouring activity book, based on the classic picture book by Jill Murphy... More

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    1st August 2003

    Ga I Chwarae?

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    4th September 2014

    The Worst Witch; The Worst Strikes Again; A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch and The Worst Witch All at Sea

    Puffin audio presents brand new recordings of the one and only Worst Witch, read by Gemma Arterton. Mildred Hubble is t... More

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    4th September 2014

    The Worst Witch Saves the Day; The Worst Witch to the Rescue and The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star

    Puffin audio presents brand new recordings of the one and only Worst Witch, read by Gemma Arterton. Mildred Hubble is t... More

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    28th February 2017

    A Quiet Night In

    A stunning new edition of a Kate Greenaway-shortlisted, modern classic in the Large Family series. "If you are not fami... More

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    5th January 2017

    Large Family: My First Year at Nursery

    Record every detail of your child's first year at nursery including, favourite friends, everyday activities, festive fun... More

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    1st September 2016

    Meltdown!

    From the creator of the Large Family series comes another perfectly observed family comedy about a baby bunny rabbit and... More

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    1st May 2017

    Mr Large In Charge

    A stunning new edition of a modern classic in the bestselling Large Family series. "If you are not familiar with these ... More

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    1st June 2017

    All In One Piece

    A stunning new edition of a modern classic in the bestselling Large Family series. "If you are not familiar with these ... More

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    11th January 2018

    Whatever Next!

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

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    28th February 1995

    Five Minutes' Peace

    Making the supper, having a bath, being out in the rain - this book takes a humorous look at children's everyday activit... More

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    28th February 1995

    Five Minutes' Peace

    All Mrs Large wants is five minutes' peace - but with three inquisitive and lively children around the house, peace prov... More

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    28th February 1995

    Five Minutes' Peace

    All Mrs Large wants is five minutes' peace - but with three inquisitive and lively children around the house, peace prov... More

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    28th February 1995

    Five Minutes' Peace

    All Mrs Large wants is five minutes' peace - but with three inquisitive and lively children around the house, peace prov... More

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    28th February 1995

    Five Minutes' Peace

    All Mrs Large wants is five minutes' peace - but with three inquisitive and lively children around the house, peace prov... More

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    3rd March 2003

    Piece Of Cake Board Book

    Mrs Large decides her family needs to shape up. But for hungry elephants, getting fit is no piece of cake!... More

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    6th October 2003

    Quiet Night In Board Book

    It's Mr Large's birthday and Mrs Large is planning a quiet night in - without any children. But in the Large household, ... More

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    6th January 2003

    All In One Piece Board Book

    Mrs Large's attempts to have five minutes' peace, her vain efforts to get out of the house in one piece for a night out,... More

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    1st September 2003

    Last Noo-Noo

    Winner of the 1995 Smarties Book prize (0-5 category), this picture book features Marlon, the monster, who loves his dum... More

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    1st September 2003

    All For One

    Meet Marlon the monster as he finds an inventive way to deal with a difficult situation. Endearing and funny, Marlon fac... More

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    1st January 2006

    Last Noo Noo

    A classic and compact picture book specifically designed to encourage reading time! Marlon the monster loves his dummies... More

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    1st October 2006

    Large Family Complete Collection + Dvd

    Collected together for the first time, this slipcase contains all five Large Family stories - "Five Minutes Peace", "All... More

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    1st July 2008

    Large-Style Activity Book

    Hours of elephant-sized fun are to be found in this activity book based on the "Large Family" animated TV series.There a... More

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    1st July 2001

    Quiet Night In

    For Mr Large's birthday the family plan a quiet night in. But when Mr and Mrs Large fall asleep the Little Larges put th... More

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    9th July 2001

    Five Minutes Peace Board Book

    One morning, Mrs Large, needing some peace from her boisterous children, decides to take refuge in the bathroom. She fil... More

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    1st June 2003

    Large Family Books & Cassette

    Here are two beautifully presented gift packs, each containing top quality entertainment for young children. The Large F... More

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    1st October 2008

    Large Family: Lester Learns A Lesson

    While Lester enjoys showing off some skateboarding tricks to his baby sister, Lucy, he breaks one of Mrs Large's china o... More

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    1st July 2008

    The Large Family: Luke Tidies Up

    It's time to tidy! Family life is charmingly captured in this tie-in storybook, based on The Large Family animated TV se... More

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    1st July 2008

    Large-Style Fun With Stickers

    A sticker book with pictures and fun themes.... More

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    1st October 2008

    Large Family: Lucy Large Meets Mr Chilly

    This is a TV tie-in paperback; a seasonal story book starring Jill Murphy's well-loved Large family. Hurray, it's snowin... More

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    7th August 2009

    Whatever Next Big Book

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

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    1st March 2009

    Large Family: Sebastian's Sleepover

    There's chaos in store when Sebastian invites the Large children to his sleepover! When Mrs Smart promises Sebastian a s... More

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    1st March 2009

    Large Family: Grandpa Gets Into Trouble

    Granny and Grandpa Large come to babysit one weekend. A broken window and flooded bathroom follow - but it's Grandpa, no... More

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    1st September 2011

    All For One

    Marlon tries very hard to be part of the neighborhood games until he finds something else to do that makes everyone want... More

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    1st March 2009

    Large Family: Bumper Activity Book

    An extra-Large dose of chaotic elephant fun in this activity book based on the popular TV series. Chockful of brilliant ... More

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    28th February 1995

    Five Minutes' Peace

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    Five Minutes' Peace

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    7th February 2019

    On the Way Home

    On the Way Home is a fantastic journey of the imagination that every child who tells the occasional tall tale wi... More

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