If ever there was a series of books for parents to empathise with, it’s Jill Murphy‘s The Large Family (Walker Books). Mr and Mrs Large are just trying to have Five Minutes’ Peace or A Quiet Night In, or to get out of the door All in One Piece while their children rampage and create general havoc around them. The series has deservedly won all kinds of awards and also been adapted for TV. What the cartoons are like I don’t know, as they’ve not been much on the boys’ radar, but if you have small children, you absolutely must read the books!
The details of everyday life are beautifully portrayed and the baby elephants are very endearing. The dynamics of the family really work too, as the children react to each other, but also take care of their mum and dad when necessary. Parents will totally identify with Mr and Mrs Large but the children are spot on too, so the books are just as much fun for little ones. And you can’t say fairer than that.