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Jill Murphy

Born on 5 July, 1949, Jill Murphy is the author of The Worst Witch series and the Large Family picture books including the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Peace at Last and Five Minutes’ Peace. Jill Murphy claims to have based Mildred Hubble’s experiences of not being able to fit in at her witching school on her very own experiences studying at a very strict convent.


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Jill Murphy Books

  • Peace at Last

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BLXDK
    Paperback Babies
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    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 the delightful Peace at Last an all-time favourite bedtime story with children and adults everywhere. This is a beautiful refreshed edition of a much-loved picture book classic.
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  • Whatever Next!

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BLXDG
    Paperback Babies
    The moon and back before bath time? Whatever next!Join Baby Bear as he finds a rocket, makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon. Celebrate thirty-five years of the bear family with this very special edition of the classic bedtime story, Whatever Next!, a beautiful story of innocence and imagination, full of the characteristic warmth and humour of Jill Murphy, author of The Worst Witch.
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  • The Worst Witch (Colour Gift Edition)

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BZOPC
    Paperback
    Hang on to your broomstick for a gorgeous colour paperback edition of The Worst Witch! Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy when she was only sixteen, disaster-prone Mildred Hubble - the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy - has been casting her spell for over forty years, enchanting millions of young readers. For this special edition, Jill Murphy has reproduced her original illustrations entirely in gorgeous full colour, and has written a special letter to her readers. Mildred Hubble is a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, but she's making an awful mess of it. She keeps getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick. And when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet into her worst enemy, chaos ensues... 'Millions of young readers have fallen under the spell of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch' - Sunday Express 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.
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  • On the Way Home

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BUIWT
    Paperback
    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!
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  • The Worst Witch Strikes Again

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: AHRAX
    Paperback 5 years +
    The Worst Witch Strikes Again is a classic Worst Witch book by Jill Murphy. The Worst Witch Strikes Again is the second of Jill Murphy's much-loved series The Worst Witch, the original story of life at a magical boarding school. Lovable but disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is 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.
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  • A Piece of Cake

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: AXDDG
    Paperback 3 years +
    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.
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  • Meltdown!

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BPOUW
    Paperback 3 years +
    From the creator of the Large Family series comes another perfectly observed family comedy about a baby bunny rabbit and her mum on the supermarket shop ... a shop which doesn't go quite to plan! "Jill Murphy deserves a constellation of gold stars for consistently writing picture books that please children and enrapture parents" Observer From the bestselling author of The Worst Witch and the Large Family series comes a true-to-life, laugh-out-loud family comedy about a toddler tantrum. Ruby the rabbit likes to be helpful, but she often gets a bit overexcited ... especially in the supermarket. Crisps are so CRUNCHY! Tins of beans are fun to ROLL! And when Ruby sees a cake, a cake in the shape of a cute pink piggy, she wants it ... she wants it now. Introducing Ruby, a completely loveable new bunny, Jill Murphy observes the oh-so familiar supermarket sulk with all of her trademark warmth and wit, and perfectly depicts family life - in all its hectic glory - once again.
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  • All in One Piece

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BCWDK
    Paperback 3 years +
    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, this is a beautiful new edition of a modern picture book classic in the Large Family series, Mr and Mrs Large the elephants are putting on their best suit and dress - they're going to a dinner-dance! But, with Lester, Laura, Luke and the baby determined to help Mum and Dad get ready, will they make it out all in one piece? With a foreword and gorgeous foil lettering on the cover and spine, this is a beautiful book to treasure.
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  • Mr Large in Charge

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BCWDJ
    Paperback 3 years +
    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 The perfect Father's Day gift and hilarious tale of family life, this is a beautiful new edition of a modern picture book classic in the Large family series. Mrs Large isn't feeling too good. So Mr Large sends her back to bed. "I'll take charge," he says. Mrs Large settles down for a nice rest while Mr Large and the children get busy hoovering, dusting and tidying. But Mrs Large's day doesn't turn out to be quite as restful as she had first hoped! With a foreword and gorgeous foil lettering on the cover and spine, this is a beautiful book to treasure.
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  • The Worst Witch All at Sea

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: ALKSH
    Paperback 5 years +
    The Worst Witch All At Sea is a classic Worst Witch story by Jill Murphy 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. 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.
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  • Peace at Last Big Book

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: ASZCP
    Paperback 3 years +
    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 this delightful picture book an all-time favourite with children and adults everywhere. Now available in a format ideal for classroom and group use.
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  • Peace at Last

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BTOIY
    Other
    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.
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  • Five Minutes' Peace

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: AAJJZ
    Paperback
    A modern picture-book classic, now with story CD - there's never a dull moment with the Large Family!One morning Mrs. Large, needing some peace and quiet away from her boisterous children, decides to take refuge in the bathroom. She fills herself a foamy bubble-bath and takes in a tray of her favorite breakfast...but finds her peace is to be very short-lived!
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  • Five Minutes' Peace

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BUIAF
    Hardback
    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
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  • A Quiet Night in

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: AXDDU
    Paperback 3 years +
    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.
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  • Five Minutes' Peace

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: CBLLE
    Hardback
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    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.
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  • Whatever Next!

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BTODX
    Other
    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.
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  • Five Minutes' Peace

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: ASZCR
    Paperback
    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!
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