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All in One Piece Hardcover – Sep 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (September 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039921433X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399214332
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Five Minutes' Peace delivered into the hands of readers a near-perfect reflection of a family's typically calamitous morning; now the adult elephants are dressing for an evening out, and their well-meaning but high-spirited children won't leave them alone. They stuff Mrs. Large's hosiery with toys, mess with makeup and clatter around in high heels. She, of course, loses her temper, which has the effect of subduing her children. But she inadvertently sits on a paintbox and goes out unaware that her dress is adorned with small bright patches of color. Sharp-eyed readers will spot this development; others will want to go through the story again to find out when it all happened. Five Minutes' Peace fans may not find the antics in this followup quite as funny as its predecessor. But with its resemblance to real life, this continuing saga of the beleaguered Mrs. Large and her boisterous offspring is still a delight. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2 Murphy's second story about the Larges continues the household adventures of an elephant family with four preschool-age children. While Mr. and Mrs. Large get ready for the office dinner dance, the children mess and meddle until the exasperated Mrs. Large shouts, ``Can't I have just one night to myself? One night when I am not covered in jam and poster paint?'' As she walks out the door on the arm of her husband, however, sharp observers will note that although she may have a night out, it is not without decoration. Murphy's ink line and colored pencil renderings of household and elephant details are apt: a child-made picture of Babar hangs in the kitchen; trunks are useful as well as affectionate appendages. Left-hand text is accompanied by small vignettes which contribute to the narrative rather than merely decorate. Told from a mother's point of view like its predecessor, Five Minutes' Peace (Putnam, 1986), the story will definitely appeal to beleaguered parents. But the humor and the joke being on, or all over, Mom will also tickle child readers. Susan Hepler, Windsor Public Library, Conn.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 4 2004
Format: Hardcover
When thinking of animals in bedtime stories one often thinks of rabbits, kitten, puppies, all sort of cuddly creatures. Rarely does one consider an elephant but, thanks to Jill Murphy, change that thinking.
Mr. Large, the lovable head of an elephant family finds that reading bedtime stories puts him to sleep rather than his children. Just think of the sounds that nose (or trunk) could make!
Amusing and imaginative, A Quite Night In boasts artwork that shines with color.
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By A Customer on July 28 1998
Format: Paperback
Once again the Large Family come up trumps or is that trunks! Hilarious, it had both me and my children laughing hysterically!
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Amazon.com: 14 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I love reading this book to my kids! Dec 8 2000
By Chocolate lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I smile every time I pick up this book. The authors' sense of humor (she must be a mother) is evident in every page. As I got ready to go out to a special party, almost all the events in this book actually happened! This book you can read to your kids over and over (especially since you can rant and rave when you are reading the part of Mrs. Elephant ;-) )
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I am 6yrs. old, this is my favouite book. Nov. 16 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mummy tried to have a birthday party for daddy, but he was too sleepy. Luke, Laura, Lester and the baby ate all the food after mummy and daddy fell asleep on the sofa while reading to them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book for young children Nov. 2 1999
By Isabelle Herbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The best children's books are ones which adults also love, because then we parents don't mind reading them over and over again............ All Jill Murphy's books are charming and funny , but her ones about Mrs Large and the elephant family are my favorites. I read them to my children when they were little and now my kids are reading them to the baby I care for.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent July 28 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Once again the Large Family come up trumps or is that trunks! Hilarious, it had both me and my children laughing hysterically!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Four Large family stories all in one book! Nov. 1 2009
By Daniel Edward Steele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Let me tell you, if you ever wanted to read more than one Large family story, this is a great solution. I could see that the father elephant, Mr. Large, was just as strict with the children as Mrs. Large. The only problem is that Mr. Large in charge is not included in this set, but I can buy that book anyway. Still, this is a wonderful book about the adventures of the Large Family. I can't wait to buy Mr. Large in charge as well.

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