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Jill Murphy - Author

About the Author

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 outstandingly successful titles. Jill lives in London with her son, Charlie.
 

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Other books by Jill Murphy

The Worst Witch TV tie-in

The Worst Witch TV tie-in

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The Worst Witch written and illustrated by Jill Murphy is reissued with an exciting TV tie-in cover to accompany the new CBBC series in Spring 2017.The highly anticipated CBBC series stars Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) as Mildred, Clare Higgins (Doctor Who) as Miss Cackle and Raquel Cassidy (Downton Abbey) as Deputy Head, Miss Hardbroom. So hold on to your broomstick for magical mayhem! 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... Jill Murphy's much-loved classic The Worst Witch is the original story of life at a magical boarding school, perfect for readers aged 5 - 9 years and now made into a brilliant new TV series with fantastic special effects! 'Millions of young readers have fallen under the spell of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch' - Sunday Express If you'd like to read more of Mildred's disastrous adventures at Miss Cackle's Academy The Worst Witch Strikes Again, A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch, 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.

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.

Meltdown!

Meltdown!

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

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.

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: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2016

Celebrate thirty years of the Large family in this stunning anniversary edition of a modern picture book classic. If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived ... you just couldn't get better Guardian 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: Board book Release Date: 05/11/2015

Celebrate thirty years of the Large family with this special board book edition of a modern picture-book classic. If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived ... you just couldn't get better Guardian A stunning 30th anniversary board book 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: 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.

Heddwch o'r Diwedd

Heddwch o'r Diwedd

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2015

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 Worst Witch (Colour Gift Edition)

The Worst Witch (Colour Gift Edition)

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Miss Cackle's Academy is no ordinary school. It stands at the top of a high mountain surrounded by a pine forest, and one clear days you can just see the pupils flitting about on their broomsticks above the playground wall. For this is a school for witches and, instead of the usual lessons, the girls there all have to learn about such things as casting spells and making magic potions. Mildred Hubble has a reputation for being the worst pupil in the school - 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 . . . For this special 40th anniversary hardback edition, Jill Murphy has reproduced the original drawings in beautiful full colour.

The Worst Witch; The Worst Strikes Again; A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch and The Worst Witch All at Sea

The Worst Witch; The Worst Strikes Again; A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch and The Worst Witch All at Sea

Author: Jill Murphy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/09/2014

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 The Worst Witch Strikes Again A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch The Worst Witch All at Sea

Worst Witch Strikes Again

Worst Witch Strikes Again

Author: Jill Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2014

Summer term at Miss Cackles 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 isnt nearly as placid as she looks . . .

The Worst Witch Saves the Day; The Worst Witch to the Rescue and The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star

The Worst Witch Saves the Day; The Worst Witch to the Rescue and The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star

Author: Jill Murphy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/09/2014

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 The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star

The Worst Witch and The Wishing Star

The Worst Witch and The Wishing Star

Author: Jill Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2013

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy is back in an exciting, very funny 7th adventure. In The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, Mildred, notoriously the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, makes a wish on a shooting star - and to her great surprise it comes true! But it also spells trouble. Mildred's wish-come-true is a small dog but she has to keep him a secret from her friends, and especially the formidable Miss Hardbroom. It's a disaster waiting to happen...and it does...! The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star launches a stunning new cover look and an appealing squarer format across the whole of the Worst Witch series which includes The Worst Witch; The Worst Witch Strikes Again; A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch; The Worst Witch all at Sea; The Worst Witch Saves the Day and The Worst Witch to the Rescue. 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 seventh, are some of Puffin's most successful titles.

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