Picture Book Party Blog Tour: Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy

29th February 2016 3 Comments

peaceHave you read Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy? I bet you have as the book is (rather shockingly) celebrating its 30th Anniversary! If you haven’t read it (and its possible if in your mid forties as you would have been too old first time around) you’re in for a treat.

Five Minutes Peace is one of those classics which you’ll return to time and time again, perhaps even after the children have flown, as it will remind you of a moment in time. The one where you cant even go to the toilet without interuption, but i’m told these memories become fond ones, with distance.

For me, this book sums up everything about family life. I don’t think I have been able to identify quite so much with a picture book character as I can with Mrs Large. The poor woman cant even have a bath without interruption, just like me!

Five Minutes Peace is beautifully illustrated and brilliantly observed, it had us all laughing and talking about the things the children do to us parents.


Many thanks to @walkerbooksuk I can’t tell you how appreciated 5 mins peace is today!

A photo posted by Claire Thornton Walsh (@clairevictoriawalsh) on

To celebrate the anniversary of the book, Walker Books really kindly sent me a lovely hamper with some tea, chocolates and bath bombs. I think they were optimistically thinking I might get my own Five Minutes Peace; I managed about 3 minutes, then little Ned wanted me to help him to learn to ride his bike…

5 minutes peaceI think I might walk around using the book as a sign, the kids might get the message that way.

If you’d like to have a look at the blog tour visit the Picture Book Party Blog and find the other blogs. You can find out more about the book here.

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  • Catherine @ Story Snug 29th February 2016 at 10:55 am

    I love this book and empathise so much more with Mrs Large now that I am a parent!

  • Sam 29th February 2016 at 10:50 pm

    This was my favourite book that my mum read to me as a child (and she would change the names of the children to me, my brother and sister). And it was one of the first books I bought for my children. Every time I read it I remember my mum reading it. Though now I know how true it all is!

    • Claire Walsh 11th March 2016 at 9:31 am

      Thats a great idea, I think I will do that myself!

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