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  • 5 stars across 20 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

    (125 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

    (102 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

    (18 reviews)
    6th 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

    (15 reviews)
    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

    (15 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

    (14 reviews)
    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

    (11 reviews)
    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

    (5 reviews)
    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 Mi... More

    (2 reviews)
    1st September 2016


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

    (1 review)
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