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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

  • The Worst Witch Collection - 8 Books

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: WOWI
    Collection 7 years +
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    Stories to leave your children spellbound...

    This collection brings together all eight books in Jill Murphy's classic The Worst Witch series including the latest addition, First Prize for the Worst Witch.

    The stories inspired the popular CBeebies adaptation and introduce Mildred Hubble and Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. Mildred is excited to be studying and training at the school but she's not leaving the best impression. She keeps making mistakes like getting spells wrong and crashing her broomstick. Despite her clumsy ways, everything is going well and she's enjoying the school but then she manages to turn Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy...

    Throughout these eight books, Mildred has to deal with arch-enemy Enid Nightshade; finds herself turned into a frog; and makes plans to ensure she will not be the worst witch in her class every single year...
    Format: paperback
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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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  • 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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  • The Worst Witch

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: WZW2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    The Worst Witch managed to keep entire generations of young readers spellbound and now your child can read where it all began with this book, the first in the series.

    Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, the book tells the story of how Mildred Hubble became a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, despite being one of the most clumsy children around - constantly getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick...

    Things get even worse when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her worst enemy. Funny, chaotic and easily readable, this is a great first chapter book for young readers!
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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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  • Five Minutes' Peace

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: AQGVN
    Other 3 years +
    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 favourite breakfast ...but finds her peace to be very short-lived.
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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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  • The Large Family: First Year at Nursery

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: FYAN
    Hardback
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    The Large Family - Jill Murphy's elephant stars of the classic picture book, Five Minutes' Peace - star in this treasury of your child's first year at nursery.

    A charming memory book, it has plenty of space to record all of your favourite moments from your child's first year and spaces for photographs and pictures.

    A beautiful book that will be treasured for a lifetime, it has a special pocket to store drawings, souvenirs and mementos from their first year.
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  • The Worst Witch Saves the Day; The Worst Witch to the Rescue and The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: ASZCQ
    Audio
    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, and, The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star.
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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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  • A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: AHRAS
    Paperback 5 years +
    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 much-loved The Worst Witch series. Lovable but disaster-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! After a disastrous first year, Mildred is determined to lose her embarrassing reputation as the worst witch Miss Cackle's Academy has ever seen - but things rapidly get out of hand when her arch-enemy Ethel turns her into a frog..
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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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  • First Prize for the Worst Witch

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: FPF2
    Hardback 7 years +
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    Mildred Hubble is back in First Prize for the Worst Witch - and her story is just as spellbinding as ever.

    Summer term has started at Miss Cackle's Academy and Mildred has clumsily made her way through to Year Four. Now, she's made it her mission to become Head Girl!

    Will Mildred be able to stay out of trouble and prove to everyone she's worth of this position? We're sure her rival Ethel Hallow will have something to say about it...
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  • First Prize for the Worst Witch

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: WWP2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Hold on to your broomstick... Mildred Hubble is back in First Prize for the Worst Witch.

    It's summer term at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches and somehow Mildred has made it through to Year Four. Even though everyone knows she's the worst witch, she sets her sights on the school's highest honour: she wants to be Head Girl!

    Will Mildred be able to stay out of trouble and prove she's worthy of this accolade? Not if Ethel Hallow has anything to do with it... The latest addition to Jill Murphy's spellbinding series is just as magical and engaging as ever.
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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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  • 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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  • Five Minutes' Peace

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: ACNWF
    Paperback 3 years +
    Celebrate twenty-five years of the Large family with this special edition of a modern picture-book classic. 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 favourite breakfast...but finds her peace is to be very short-lived! This jacket of this beautiful gift edition folds out to reveal an exclusive height chart. This title is a Winner of the Best Books for Babies Award. "The Large Family series" has sold nearly five million copies worldwide.
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  • Dear Hound

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: ADPDZ
    Paperback 5 years +
    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?
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  • On the Way Home

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BBK3
    Paperback
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    "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.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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