Just One of Those Days

Jill Murphy

Illustrated by Jill Murphy

Ages 3 to 6
03 September 2020
36 pages


From Jill Murphy, creator of the classic Peace at Last, comes the long-awaited third story about the lovable Bear family comes a Top 10 bestselling picture book.

It had been a long night . . . so Mr and Mrs Bear woke up late.

When Mr and Mrs Bear wake up late, it's raining outside – and Baby Bear is late for nursery. Then Mrs Bear sits on her glasses at work and Mr Bear spills his coffee! Oh dear – it seems this is just going to be one of those days! But the lovable Bear family muddle through cheerfully, and there's even a surprise for Baby Bear when Mr Bear gets home from work.

With all the hallmarks of an instant classic, Just One of Those Days is a gentle story about a family day, which parents and children everywhere will relate to – full of satisfying read-aloud repetition and rhythm – and with Jill Murphy's instantly recognizable, cosily-lit illustrations.

Murphy returns to the lovable Bear family of Peace at Last and Whatever Next for a third slice of family life, in which the Bears have had a day we can all identify with - in lockdown more than ever, I suspect. Peace at Last may have been published more than 40 years ago, but the story of the Bears remains as warm and relatable as ever, full of gentle humor and astute observations of human behavior. Delicious.
Jill Murphy, the author of mum-championing classics such as Peace at Last, has brought out her first picture book for 40 years. It describes the sort of day any family can relate to: baby bear is late for nursery, mummy bear breaks her glasses, and daddy bear spills his coffee at work. The carpe diem sentiment is distilled through Murphy’s lovely rhyme and repetition
In more down-to-earth vein, from earlier in the autumn, Jill Murphy’s Just One of Those Days (Macmillan) features the beloved Bear family on a day fraught with mishaps – spilled coffee, squashed glasses, nursery quarrels – followed by consolatory shared pizza and the reflection that it was, after all, just one of those days. Murphy’s acute observation of family life continues to delight both children and adults