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1001 Stories Collection

Five Minutes' Peace

1001 Five Minutes Peace
Added on 06th August 2020

Author Jill Murphy
First published 1986
Publisher Walker Books, London

All Mrs Large wants is five minutes peace but the children have other ideas.

Story

The Large children are having breakfast, a very messy, very loud breakfast. Mrs Large tries to sneak off to the bathroom with her breakfast, to have five minutes peace. But Lester, Laura and Luke have other plans…

Why we chose it

A favourite family picture book. Adults and children alike will recognise the family dynamics and domestic mishaps.

Where it came from

Jill Murphy spent time with a friend and her children. One day the children were all in pyjamas when Jill arrived and her friend wanted a bath before she went out. She took up some breakfast and Jill sat on the floor of the bathroom so they could chat. All the children followed and eventually ended up in the bath.

Where it went next

The stories about the Large family were adapted for television.

Associated stories

Other books about the Large family include All in One Piece (1987), A Piece of Cake (1989), A Quiet Night In (1993), Mr. Large in Charge (2005), Laura Bakes a Cake (2008), Luke Tidies Up (2008), Lester Learns a Lesson (2008), Lucy Meets Mr Chilly (2008), Grandpa In Trouble (2009) and Sebastian's Sleepover (2009). The later stories were written to tie in with the television series.

Added on 06th August 2020

Author Jill Murphy
First published 1986
Publisher Walker Books, London