The Large Family, a study in empathy

Cover of "A Quiet Night in"

Cover of A Quiet Night in

Cover of "Five Minutes' Peace"

Cover of Five Minutes’ Peace

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.

Cover of "All in One Piece (Picture Books...

Cover of All in One Piece (Picture Books)

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I'm a freelance literary translator from German and French to English. The title of my blog comes from Mary Schmich's description of reading: it struck home with me, and seems especially apt for translated fiction. Here are some of my musings on what I'm reading, re-reading, reading to my children, and translating.
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