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All in One Piece (The Large Family)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  262 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Mr and Mrs Large are getting ready for the office dinner-dance. But with Lester, Laura, Luke and the baby around, they'll be lucky to get out of the house all in one piece.
Paperback, 24 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Walker, (first published June 26th 1987)
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Kirsty
Nov 07, 2016 Kirsty rated it really liked it
My husband's favourite to read to our daughter!
Pauline
Sep 20, 2016 Pauline rated it it was amazing
A joy to read to any class. Children love the characters and th joke at the end.
Josh Sonii
Sep 14, 2014 Josh Sonii rated it liked it
This book is about two elephant parents and their four crazy children. They are trying to prepare for a dinner dance event without getting any of their clothes ruined. The children's granny is coming to take care of them while they are gone because the children are too young to attend the event. The kids seem to know that there parents are getting ready to leave but they still begin to act out. They granny also gave them paint which will make it even more difficult for them to leave without ...more
Amy
Nov 05, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
All In One Piece – Jill Murphy

All In One Piece is a delightful book from an enjoyable series by Jill Murphy that presents a family of elephants, the Large family in normal family situations. I enjoyed the tales of the Large family when I was young and believe they can still be enjoyed by children today. All In One Piece tells the tale of Mr and Mrs Large as they prepare to go out to the office “dinner- dance”. Mr and Mrs Large have three lively young children who all want to help and join in wi
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Shini
May 25, 2014 Shini rated it it was amazing
This story is about a family of elephants called the Large family. Mr and Mrs Large a have an office dinner-dance to go to in the evening. Granny is coming to babysit the children. Mrs Large is trying to get ready and the baby comes in and messes around with her makeup and the other children are playing on the stairs with her new tights, cramming toys in them. Another child is fussing around Mr Large whilst he tries to shave. Mrs Larges shouts at the children and says ‘Can’t I just have one ...more
Ayshah
Jan 27, 2013 Ayshah rated it really liked it
Another book of Jill Murphy's that I absolutely enjoy is All In One Piece. The book is based on a family of elephants who take on all the characteristics and traits of any normal family. It is the office dinner-dance which Mrs Large has been looking forward to all year round and plans on going to with her husband as she deserves a well earned night. However, things do not go accordingly to plan due to her four children. The young elephants come upstairs to help Dad shave, put on mum's make up ...more
Rachel
Dec 09, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
In the book All In One Piece, Mr. and Mrs. Large are elephants who are trying to go to a dinner ball for Mr. Large’s work. They were trying to get ready with the kids running around. They thought they made it out the door without any paint or spills, but little did they know that that it will never be able to make it out all in one piece.
This book is not very realistic because of the characters but a parent might understand it. The story line is something that is believable because it could hap
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Raegan Young
Apr 30, 2015 Raegan Young rated it liked it
Shelves: t-l-307, fiction
In the book All In One Piece, Mr. and Mrs. Large are elephants who are trying to go to a dinner ball for Mr. Large’s work. They were trying to get ready with the kids running around. They thought they made it out the door without any paint or spills, but little did they know that that it will never be able to make it out all in one piece.
This book is not very realistic because of the characters but a parent might understand it. The story line is something that is believable because it could hap
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Jack Kirby and the X-man
The third in the Large Family series.

This book is definitely written from the parents perspective – all about trying to get away for a night out by themselves. Maybe I’m just a naive first-time parent but I feel that I’d like my son to know that I missed him when I was away – rather than this book which puts it this way:
‘”We’ve escaped,” said Mr Large with a smile, closing the front door behind them.’ – now while I certainly may think this from time-to-time is that the message I want to send to
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Paul Jackson
May 01, 2012 Paul Jackson rated it really liked it
All in One Peace describes the trials and tribulations of a mother and father elephant who have three young children. This book, being another in the series, continues the theme of the children being huge attention seekers meaning the parents are constantly under the pressure of the children. This particular story describes how the parents are getting ready to go out to the father's work dinner and dance. However, the children have other ideas and are being as disruptive as possible yet again.

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Laura
May 28, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Mrs Large asks for just one thing...a night where she leaves the house 'all in one piece'! Mrs Large is excited about her night out with her husband and does everything in her power to avoid being covered in make-up, food and paint before leaving the house. The children try their best to make it hard for their mother to leave the house but she succeeds! She thinks she has finally left the house 'all in one piece' however we catch a glimpse of the back of her dress covered in paint!
This funny sto
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Anjumanara
Sep 19, 2011 Anjumanara rated it liked it
Another classic from Jill Murphy which is apealling to both children and adults. A perfect bedtime story to share which depicts typical family humour. A busy household and Mr and Mrs Large are trying to have a night out from the usual chaotic routine but it seems that they'll never make it as they are surrounded by the children. Wherever they go it appears that they are further delayed by the children. Eventually Mr and Mrs Large make it but not without a hitch. It is an ideal for EYFS and Key ...more
Kathryn
Jan 01, 2012 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
My middle daughter enjoyed Jill Murphy's books about the Large family. In this book Mr and Mrs Large are getting ready for a rare night out, and struggling to get out of the house in one piece without attracting any paint splotches or other messes. Little Cherub is at an age to be concerned about messes, so identified more with Mrs Large than with the Large children! (Lots of "Oh dear! Mess!" as I read.)
Sarah
Jul 16, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This was one of my favorites as a kid about two parents trying to get out of the house for a date, but their kids keep getting in the way.
Kate B
Jun 02, 2015 Kate B rated it liked it
I think most parents can sympathise with Mrs Large and children love it too 'cos they're elephants doing human stuff!
Deborah Harris
Dec 31, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
Shelves: ar-2, a31
AR Quiz No. 22540 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP
Angie Quantrell
Feb 12, 2016 Angie Quantrell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Perfectly expresses the chaos and life of a mom of young children, er, elephants. Illustrations tell the story and complement the story. Love it!
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Jill Murphy is a London-born English children's author, best known for The Worst Witch series and the Large Family picture books. She has been described as "one of the most engaging writers and illustrators for children in the land."

Jill Murphy was born in London and attended the Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon which, together with the boarding school stories she enjoyed reading, provided much of th
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