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  • 5 stars across 22 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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    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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    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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    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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    7th June 2010

    The Worst Witch

    A new title from the best-selling _Read & Respond_ series. * Differentiation advice and assessment guidance. ... 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 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 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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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