Five Minutes' Peace Award-winning by Jill Murphy (author)

Suitable for 2 - 7 years

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One morning Mrs Large, needing some peace and quiet away from her boisterous children, decides to take refuge in the bathroom. She fills a foamy bubble-bath and takes in a tray of tasty breakfast… but finds her peace is to be very short-lived! Vividly told in humorous text and glowing pictures by favourite author Jill Murphy, this funny, heartwarming picture book perfectly captures the everyday chaos of family life.

Also available: Read and Respond activities to accompany Five Minutes’ Peace.

“Family life is beautifully observed with a humour that appeals to both adult and child.” The Daily Telegraph

“If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived.” The Guardian

“Jill Murphy deserves a constellation of gold stars.” The Observer

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 2.4; Lower years; 0.5 points

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  • 32 pages




Jill Murphy

Photo of Jill Murphy


  1. amy
    on 18 January 2012

    five minutes peace

    this is a great book as a bed time story for children. And as i am an adult i still read it myself! but yes i would highly recommend it for children.

    5 out of 5

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  1. sarashah
    on 24 March 2014

    It is very calm and peaceful and makes me feel happy! I am sure it will make you calm as well!

    Jill Murphy deserves a consolation of stars so that is why I have given her 5 stars out of 5 stars!

    I also enjoyed the worst witch I am so glad you are a an author!!

    5 out of 5
  2. Spidergirl
    on 9 March 2014

    Really nice picture book

    4 out of 5
  3. Oman-bookworm
    on 6 March 2014

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    5 out of 5
  4. feets17
    on 3 January 2014

    I liked it

  5. lmdrld
    on 5 March 2013

    This is about a mum who wants some peace bUt she can’t get it with her children around.

  6. Flissy22
    on 7 March 2012

    i usedto love this when i was little cos my mum said she never got any peace, she said not even when im in the bath !!! so it used to make me laugh.

  7. Princessforever58
    on 7 March 2012

    I loved reading this book in primary school! The large family are still a favourite of mine and always will be! The author has made a great job of making the animal characters sound real by describing their actions and emotions.

  8. migit1
    on 4 March 2012

    When i was younger i really liked this book!

  9. suzott
    on 4 March 2012

    The Large Family books are a great, funny series full of events that will appeal to adults as well as children. This story is about poor old Mummy never getting any peace . Well worth a read.

    5 out of 5
  10. Partyfairy123
    on 1 March 2012

    It is about a mummy having a bath but the children all bother her. I like Laura the best.

    3 out of 5
  11. leSquidge
    on 1 March 2012

    Great book from my childhood which i now read to my baby at bedtime. He loves the pictures and it settles him down nicely for bed.

    4 out of 5