Children’s Book Review: Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy (Talk of the Town #43)

Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us. Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

How is it only just about 2 weeks to Christmas?? I’d better start to get organised. I am now officially on maternity leave and can fully concentrate on buying the last Christmas presents and prepare for Baby #2’s arrival in a few weeks time.

#TalkoftheTown will go on a Christmas break. This week  will be the last link-up for 2016, but fear not. We will be back on 7th January with some super exciting news! I cannot wait to share more details with you all. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported our Talk of the Town link-up in over the last few weeks!!

For the last Talk of the Town post of 2016, I am sharing our thoughts on the children’s book, Five Minutes’ Peace. This book is part of the Large Family series, that we had never even heard of before we picked up this instalment. We will definitely get a few other Large Family books – they are truly amazing!


I think that my husband and I might even love this book more than other daughter. I swear it is secretly written for parents :-). Mrs Large has 3 little ones who are, how can I put this, quite challenging (just like little humans can sometimes be…). All she wants is five minutes peace away from her brood. Whilst the little ones are having their breakfast, she runs herself a bath, pours herself a cup of tea and is about to head upstairs when she hears a chorus of: “Where are you going, mummy?”.

After just a few minutes in the bath, the young elephant children follow her upstairs – the oldest wants to play her a tune on their flute, the middle one to read a few pages from her reading book and the youngest wants to jump in the bath together with Mrs Large. Sounds familiar??

 My husband and I always chuckle when we read this book. There is definitely a lot in there that every parent will be able to identify with. We’ve only bought this book a few weeks back, but it has become a firm family favourite.

Are you familiar with the Large Family series? Have you read any of the books?




  1. I’m happy to have discovered your link up, so thanks for doing it! Hope you have a great holiday season and congrats on the coming little one too. 🙂 And enjoy the break. I too find it hard to believe Christmas is almost here.

    That looks like a cute book.

    • Thanks Greg! I cannot believe either that Christmas is nearly upon us. Apart from putting up the tree, we haven’t really done much else yet. We better get a move on!

  2. This has been one of my favourite books for a long time. Like you, I think I may enjoy this book more than my grandchildren lol.
    Enjoy your maternity leave … and Christmas. See you in 2017.
    PS Excited to have won Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe. That’ll round the 2016 holiday reading off nicely. Thank you 🙂

    • You are very welcome!! Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe is a brilliant read. I am sure you’ll enjoy it. Maternity leave is great :-). Thanks for your support of #TalkoftheTown in 2016!

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