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Jill Murphy - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

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

A Piece of Cake

A Piece of Cake

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2020

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.

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

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.

The Large Family: My First Year at Nursery

The Large Family: My First Year at Nursery

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2017

Remember the most magical moments of your child's first year at nursery from their very first day to the end of term in this gorgeous fill-in memory book. Record every detail of your child's first year at nursery including, favourite friends, everyday activities, festive fun and special stories. There is plenty of room to record all of your most treasured moments with spaces for precious photographs and priceless works of art. There's even a special keepsake pocket to store souvenirs and mementos so that you and your family can enjoy them for ever.

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!

Five Minutes' Peace

Five Minutes' Peace

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

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

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 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.

The Worst Witch

The Worst Witch

Author: Celia Warren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2010

A new title from the best-selling _Read & Respond_ series. * Differentiation advice and assessment guidance. * Plot, character and setting, speaking and listening activities. * Guided reading notes and texts for shared reading. * Extended writing projects.

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.

A Piece of Cake

A Piece of Cake

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

When Mrs Large decides she is too fat, she puts the whole family on a diet. Biscuits and crisps are out; healthy meals and healthy jogs are in. But for hungry elephants, dieting is definitely not a piece of cake! Read by Miriam Margoyles. Duration approx 12 minutes.

A Piece of Cake

A Piece of Cake

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2006

A modern picture book classic about the best-loved Larges, in the series that includes Five Minutes' Peace, A Quiet In and All in One Piece. In this funny and brilliantly observed story from Jill Murphy's bestselling Large series, Mrs Large is feeling a tiny bit wibbly-wobbly - so decides to put the whole family on a diet! Biscuits and crisps are out, healthy meals and jogs are in. But for hungry elephants, dieting is definitely not a piece of cake... Just what will happen when Granny sends them something delicious in the post?

A Quiet Night In

A Quiet Night In

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2006

A modern picture-book classic - there's never a dull moment with the Large family! It's Mr Large's birthday and Mrs Large has prepared him a meal, as they're going to celebrate with a quiet night in. But as usual in the Large household, things don't go to plan, and Mr and Mrs Large fall asleep on the sofa! So the little Larges sneak off to bed with all the lovingly prepared food...

Peace at Last

Peace at Last

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/1995

A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch

A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/1983

A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch is a classic Worst Witch story by Jill Murphy. A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch is the third of Jill Murphy's classic, much-loved The Worst Witch series, the original story of life at a magical boarding school, perfect for 5-9 readers. Loveable but accident-prone Mildred Hubble is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches ...A new term spells disaster for Mildred! Mildred is determined to lose her embarrassing reputation as the worst witch the Academy has ever seen - but things rapidly get out of hand! 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 , The Worst Witch Strikes Again , The Worst Witch All at Sea , The Worst Witch Saves the Day and The Worst Witch to the Rescue are also available from Puffin and are perfect for children aged 5-9.

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