Five Minutes' Peace

Written by Jill Murphy

Illustrated by Jill Murphy

Part of the Large Family Series

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

There can’t be a mum in the country who doesn’t identify with Mrs Large, wrapped in her comfortable dressing gown, doing her best to get away from her children for just five minutes peace (and managing a scant three minutes forty-five seconds)! It is 30 years since the book was first published – this sturdy board book is one of a number of editions to mark the anniversary – and it’s just as funny, accurate and real a portrait of family life as it was when it first came out.  Jill Murphy’s comic timing – in words and pictures – is impeccable, and this is a book that truly deserves its status as a classic. ~ Andrea Reece

Five Minutes' Peace Synopsis

A stunning 30th anniversary 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! 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 Press Reviews

Thirtieth anniversary edition of the astutely observed Large family classic, well timed for Mother's Day purchases. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller

It works because it is such a familiar scenario to both parent and toddler. Families Magazine

I am sure I'm not alone in rating this as one of my all-time favourite picture books. Mummy elephant is someone we can all identify with. Angels & Urchins

Mothering Sunday is nearly upon us and no other series has ever quite captured the highs and lows of parenthood as effectively as Jill Murphy's Large Family series. [...] Murphy's shrewd observations and her knack for recreating the chaotic yet loving warm and loving environment of family life will resonate with all members of the family. It is simple, funny, heartwarming , relatable and it never gets old

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ISBN: 9781406361902
Publication date: 04/02/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406363623
Publication date: 01/12/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Board book

ISBN: 9781406349825
Publication date: 01/10/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406361902
Publication date: 4th February 2016
Author: Jill Murphy
Illustrator: Jill Murphy
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers

About Jill Murphy

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 ...

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