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Large Family Series

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The Large Family books by Jill Murphy are modern picture book classics, loved by our reviewers for their warm and funny depictions of the chaos of family life.

The first book about Mrs Large and her brood - Five Minutes Peace - was published over thirty years ago. It tells the story of Mrs Large - the elephant who just needs five minutes peace and quiet away from her boisterous children. We can all relate to Mrs Large, taking herself off for a bath for some much-needed quiet time and being constantly interrupted by her demanding and noisy baby elephants!

After four more picture books about Mr and Mrs Large, a CBeebies TV show and a series of spin-off story books, these family favourites have sold millions of copies worldwide and are still popular with little ones and their parents today.

Jill Murphy’s books, which also include the much-loved The Worst Witch series and her first picture book Peace At Last, have won multiple awards and sold millions of copies worldwide. 

All the Large Family books in order:

Book 1: Five Minute's Peace (1986)
Book 2: All in One Piece (1987)
Book 3: A Piece of Cake (1989)
Book 4: A Quiet Night In (1993)
Book 5: Mr. Large in Charge (2005)

All the Large Family story books in order:
Book 1: Laura Bakes a Cake (2008)
Book 2: Luke Tidies Up (2008)
Book 3: Lester Learns a Lesson (2008)
Book 4: Lucy Meets Mr Chilly (2008)
Book 5: Grandpa in Trouble (2009)
Book 6: Sebastian's Sleepover (2009)

Book 2
Book 2

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... MoreA Quiet Night In

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Book 3
Book 3

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... MoreAll In One Piece

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Book 4
Book 4

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... MoreA Piece of Cake

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Book 5
Book 5

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... MoreMr Large In Charge

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Book 6
Book 6

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... MoreThe Large Family: Luke Tidies Up

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Book 7
Book 7

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... MoreThe Large Family: Laura Bakes A Cake

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Book 8
Book 8

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... MoreLarge Family: Sebastian's Sleepover

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Book 9
Book 9

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... MoreLarge Family: Grandpa Gets Into Trouble

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Book 10
Book 10

Five Minutes' Peace

Celebrate thirty years of the Large family in this stunning anniversary edition of a modern picture book classic."If you... MoreFive Minutes' Peace

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