Jill Murphy - Author

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One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors   

Jill Murphy is one of Britain’s most treasured author–illustrators. She wrote and illustrated her first book, the bestselling The Worst Witch, while still only eighteen, and went on to create the award-winning Large family series, which has sold over five million copies worldwide and been adapted for television. Jill’s other characters include a small monster called Marlon who starred in the acclaimed picture books The Last Noo-Noo and All for One, and Ruby the bunny, who stars in Jill's latest picture book, Meltdown! Jill lives in Cornwall.

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Featured books by Jill Murphy

Other books by Jill Murphy

Five Minutes' Peace

Five Minutes' Peace

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Celebrate the joys of motherhood with this gorgeous Mother's Day gift edition of the modern picture book classic! Mums everywhere will understand the plight of poor Mrs Large. All she wants is five minutes' peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there's never a dull moment with the Large family, and it soon becomes clear that mum's quiet time is to be very short-lived! Family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern classic from Jill Murphy. If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived ... you just couldn't get better Guardian

On the Way Home

On the Way Home

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

On the Way Home is a fantastic journey of the imagination that every child who tells the occasional tall tale will relate to! Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mum all about it. On the way she meets her friends and tells them how the fall happened. But just how did it happen . . .? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake, an enormous dragon or a hairy gorilla?! Filled with a little girl's inventive stories, On the Way Home is by Jill Murphy, the author and illustrator of the bestselling Peace at Last and Whatever Next!

Whatever Next!

Whatever Next!

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Board book Release Date: 10/01/2019

It's very nearly bath time for Baby Bear, but he just wants to go on one more adventure - a quick trip to the moon. Mrs Bear isn't pleased, and anyway, she says, Baby Bear doesn't have a rocket. Luckily, there's one under the stairs . . . Join Baby Bear as he makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon, all before bath time. Whatever Next! This is a board book edition of a beautiful story of innocence and imagination, full of the characteristic warmth and humour of Jill Murphy, author of Peace at Last and The Worst Witch.

Peace at Last

Peace at Last

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Board book Release Date: 10/01/2019

Jill Murphy's bestselling classic Peace at Last has delighted children for almost fourty years, and is equally beloved by tired parents who are all too familiar with the plight of poor Mr Bear. With a snoring Mrs Bear, an excitable Baby Bear and a house full of tapping and dripping and ticking, peace is hard to come by - will Mr Bear ever get a decent night's sleep? The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make Jill Murphy's delightful Peace at Last an all-time favourite bedtime story with children and adults everywhere. This edition comes in a chunky cased board book format, so even the youngest children can enjoy this classic story.

First Prize for the Worst Witch

First Prize for the Worst Witch

Author: Jill Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of First Prize for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy. Accident-prone Mildred Hubble is the Worst Witch at Miss Cackles Academy. Shes always getting her spells wrong and landing herself in trouble. But Mildred is in the last term of Fourth Year and determined to prove that shes not as useless as everyone thinks - could it be First Prize for the worst witch after all? The Worst Witch is back - and its as subtly feminist as ever - New Statesman

First Prize for the Worst Witch

First Prize for the Worst Witch

Author: Jill Murphy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/06/2018

Penguin presents the CD edition of First Prize for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy, read by Gemma Arterton. Accident-prone Mildred Hubble is the Worst Witch at Miss Cackle's Academy. She's always getting her spells wrong and landing herself in trouble. But Mildred is in the last term of Fourth Year and determined to prove that she's not as useless as everyone thinks - could it be First Prize for the worst witch after all? The Worst Witch is back - and it's as subtly feminist as ever - New Statesman

A Piece of Cake

A Piece of Cake

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2017

A stunning new edition of a modern classic in the bestselling Large Family series. If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived ... you just couldn't get better Guardian A hilarious tale of family life and the difficulties of dieting, this is a beautiful new edition of a modern classic in the Large Family series. Mrs Large the elephant is feeling a bit wibbly-wobbly - so decides the whole family need to shape up! Biscuits and crisps are out, veggies and jogs are in! But, when you're a hungry elephant ... healthy eating and exercise is no piece of cake! With a foreword and gorgeous foil lettering on the cover and spine, this is a beautiful book to treasure.

A Quiet Night In

A Quiet Night In

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2017

A stunning new edition of a Kate Greenaway-shortlisted, modern classic in the Large Family series. If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived ... you just couldn't get better Guardian A great birthday gift for Dad, this is a beautiful new edition of a Kate Greenaway-shortlisted story of family life in the bestselling Large series. It's Mr Large the elephant's birthday and Mrs Large is planning a nice, quiet night in - a night for just the two of them. But even with the children washed and in their pyjamas before half past four, the night doesn't unfold quite to plan! With a foreword and gorgeous foil on the cover and spine, this is a beautiful book to treasure.

Five Minutes' Peace

Five Minutes' Peace

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2016

There's family fun for everyone in this interactive sound book version of the much-loved classic story. A fabulous sound book edition of a firm family favourite, this is the story of Mrs Large the elephant - who just needs five minutes of peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! Taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there's never a dull moment with the Large family, and it soon becomes clear that mum's quiet time is to be very short-lived! Family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern classic from Jill Murphy, one of Britain's most treasured author-illustrators.

Five Minutes' Peace

Five Minutes' Peace

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2016

Join in the fun with the Large family with this wonderful sticker activity book, based on the classic picture book by Jill Murphy. For over 30 years, readers have loved sharing the chaotic lives of the Large family. Now for the first time, you can join in the fun of Five Minutes' Peace with this busy sticker activity book featuring all the characters from the much-loved story. Little ones will be absorbed for hours with games, puzzles and activities - there are over 50 stickers! Add your own touch of fun to Jill Murphy's warm and witty illustrations of domestic chaos!

Five Minutes' Peace

Five Minutes' Peace

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2016

Colour in the Large family with this wonderful colouring activity book, based on the classic picture book by Jill Murphy. For 30 years, readers have loved sharing the chaotic lives of the Large family. Now for the first time, you can join in the fun of Five Minutes' Peace with this jam-packed colouring book featuring all the characters from the much-loved story. Little ones will be absorbed for hours with colouring, drawing, dot-to-dots, colour by numbers - there are even a set of cut-out characters to dress up and keep. Add your own touch of colour to Jill Murphy's warm and witty illustrations of domestic chaos!

Heddwch o'r Diwedd

Heddwch o'r Diwedd

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2015

Five Minutes' Peace

Five Minutes' Peace

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Piece together the triumphs and trials of family life in this delightful jigsaw edition of the much-loved classic story. There's never a dull moment with the Large family! For more than twenty-five years, readers have been giggling their way through this family favourite. One morning Mrs Large, needing some peace and quiet away from her boisterous children, takes refuge in the bathroom. She fills herself a foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast ... but finds her peace is to be very short-lived! Now you can join in the fun with this interactive jigsaw edition.

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

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

Author: Jill Murphy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/09/2014

Puffin audio presents brand new recordings of the one and only Worst Witch, read by Gemma Arterton. Mildred Hubble is the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches - she's always getting her spells wrong. But she manages to get by until she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy . . This audiobook collection includes: The Worst Witch The Worst Witch Strikes Again A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch The Worst Witch All at Sea

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

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

Author: Jill Murphy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/09/2014

Puffin audio presents brand new recordings of the one and only Worst Witch, read by Gemma Arterton. Mildred Hubble is the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches - she's always getting her spells wrong. But she manages to get by until she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy . . This audiobook collection includes: The Worst Witch Saves the Day The Worst Witch to the Rescue The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star

Worst Witch Strikes Again

Worst Witch Strikes Again

Author: Jill Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2014

Summer term at Miss Cackles Academy for Witches has just begun and disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is in deep trouble again - all because of the new girl, Enid Nightshade, who isnt nearly as placid as she looks . . .

The Last Noo-Noo

The Last Noo-Noo

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

A brilliantly funny book about a monster attached to his dummy, from the bestselling author-illustrator of Five Minutes' Peace and Peace at Last. With wit, humour and a keen feel for the dynamics of family life, the creator of Five Minutes' Peace and A Quiet Night In captures a familiar dilemma in this multiple award-winning book - the dilemma of how to help a little one let go of their dummy! Marlon's granny thinks that he's much too old for a dummy. It's a noo-noo, Marlon informs her. And he has no intention of giving it up. Not even when his mum throws it in the bin. Not even when the other monsters call him a big baby. Nothing and no one can make Marlon give up his noo-noo until Marlon decides that the time is right...

Five Minutes' Peace

Five Minutes' Peace

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

Celebrate twenty-five years of the Large family with this special edition of a modern picture book classic, complete with fold-out height chart. A stunning 25th anniversary edition of an award-winning picture book favourite, this is the story of Mrs Large the elephant - who just needs five minutes of peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there's never a dull moment with the Larges, and it soon becomes clear that mum's quiet time is to be very short-lived! Family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern classic from Jill Murphy, one of Britain's most treasured author-illustrators. With the jacket of this edition revealing an exclusive height chart, this is the perfect gift for mums and little ones alike.

Dear Hound

Dear Hound

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

Alfie the deerhound is a large grey puppy. He loves his boy Charlie, and cheese, and he's very good at digging holes. But poor Alfie has got lost and he's scared - of thunderstorms and being hungry and never seeing Charlie again . . . Meanwhile, Charlie doesn't know what to do - but one thing is for sure: he'll never stop looking for his dear hound. Can Alfie ever find his way back to Charlie - and his great big squashy beanbag in the kitchen? Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, the creator of the much-loved Worst Witch series and picture book classics such as Peace at Last and The Large Family.

Peace at Last Big Book

Peace at Last Big Book

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2009

The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep - however he tried and wherever he tried. Snore, snore went Mrs Bear. Tick-tock, tick-tock went the clock. Would he never get to sleep? The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make Jill Murphy's delightful Peace at Last an all-time favourite bedtime story with children and adults everywhere. Peace at Last Big Book is in an ideal format for classroom and group use.

Five Minutes' Peace

Five Minutes' Peace

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 06/07/2009

A modern picture book classic with a story CD - there's never a dull moment with the Large Family! A book and CD edition of a family picture book favourite, this is the story of Mrs Large the elephant - who just needs five minutes of peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there's never a dull moment with the Larges, and it soon becomes clear that mum's quiet time is to be very short-lived! Read aloud by award-winning actress Miriam Margoyles, family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern classic from Jill Murphy, one of Britain's most treasured author-illustrators.

On the Way Home

On the Way Home

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2007

Well, said Claire, there was a very big, bad wolf . . . Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mum all about it. On the way she meets her friends and tells them how the fall happened. But just how did it happen . . .? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake, an enormous dragon or a hairy gorilla?! By Jill Murphy, the author and illustrator of the bestselling Peace at Last and Whatever Next!, On the Way Home is a fantastic journey of the imagination that every child can relate to.

The Worst Witch All at Sea

The Worst Witch All at Sea

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2005

The Worst Witch All At Sea is the fourth of Jill Murphy's classic, much-loved The Worst Witch series, the original story of life at a magical boarding school, perfect for readers aged 5-9. Lovable but disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches . . . Mildred is in deep water on the school trip! Mildred Hubble, the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, can't bear to leave behind her beloved cat, Tabby, when the class goes for a week beside the seaside. But keeping Tabby leads Mildred into yet more trouble. 'A wonderful zany story' - Daily Telegraph Jill Murphy was born in London in 1949. From a very early age she was drawing and writing stories, and was already putting books together (literally, with a stapler) by the time she was six. She went on to study at Chelsea, Croydon and Camberwell Schools of Art. Jill worked in a children's home for four years and as a nanny for a year, before becoming a freelance writer and illustrator. The Worst Witch stories, of which this is the first, are some of Puffin's most successful titles. If you'd like to read more of Mildred's disastrous adventures at Miss Cackle's Academy The Worst Witch, The Worst Witch Strikes Again, A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch, The Worst Witch Saves the Day,The Worst Witch to the Rescue and The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star are also available from Puffin and are perfect for children aged 5-9.

The Worst Witch Strikes Again

The Worst Witch Strikes Again

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2003

The Worst Witch Strikes Again by Jill Murphy is the second book in the classic Worst Witch series starring the lovable but disaster-prone Mildred Hubble - possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches . . . 'I wonder,' said Miss Cackle, 'if there is any hope for you in this Academy, Mildred.' Summer term at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches has just begun and disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is in deep trouble again - all because of the new girl, Enid Nightshade, who isn't nearly as placid as she looks . . . Jill Murphy started putting books together (literally with a stapler), when she was six. The Worst Witch was first published in 1974 and this much-loved classic has been enjoyed by readers for more than 30 years. Jill Murphy also written and illustrated several award-winning picture books for younger children. If you'd like to read more of Mildred's disastrous adventures at Miss Cackle's Academy The Worst Witch, A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch, The Worst Witch All at Sea, The Worst Witch Saves the Day, The Worst Witch to the Rescue and The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star are also available from Puffin and are perfect for children aged 5-9.

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