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A Piece of Cake (Large Family) Paperback – 25 May 1998

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (25 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744560039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744560039
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 18.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,650,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "Family life is beautifully observed with a humour that appeals to both adult and child." The Daily Telegraph" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Jill Murphy is one of Britain's most treasured author-illustrators. She wrote and illustrated her first book, the bestselling The Worst Witch, while still only eighteen, and went on to create the award-winning Large family series, which has sold over five million copies worldwide and been adapted for television. Jill's other characters include a small monster called Marlon who starred in the acclaimed picture books The Last Noo-Noo and All For One. Jill lives in Cornwall. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dandad on 17 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I received this as a gift for my 4 year old and from the first line felt very uncomfortable reading it. It's shocking that in this day and age a children's illustrator/writer is making a topic out of weight issues, worrying about being fat, feeling guilty about eating cake and then concluding that it's better jut to be big and sit on the sofa. I'm all for educating kids on being healthy but this should be done through their parents and not by making them feel guilty via kids books. It's bad enough that they question duh matters as teens via magazines than when thir 4! Shame as I LOVE Jill Murphys Peace at Last but this book shows terrible misjudgement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eire on 19 April 2015
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No - it's all about being fat and diets. Do not want my 3 year old girl to hear stories about this. Jill Murphy's other books like Peace At Last and Whatever Next are brilliant and definitely recommend them, but most certainly not this!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By amazonshopper on 7 Mar. 2013
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It had conflicting messages and didn't really have a clear moral for the kids to take from it. It could also be difficult content for any child that might have body image issues. It is conveying several bad messages:
- saying the day was terrible because they ate healthy and exercised
- saying the reason why they change their habits is to be "thin"
- saying they can't make a change as they are just meant to be fat
- talking about obsessing about binge eating.

We also didn't like it because in our home "fat" is not a word our kids are allowed to use to describe anyone. We also don't think "Diet" is an age appropriate term for children.

Overall, kids could come away from it thinking being healthy is a horrible thing and will make them feel "terrible" or that eating lettuce and water is healthy eating or that its ok to call people fat or that they are just meant to be fat and can't do anything to help themselves. Almost every page has something that isn't a great message.

Given how important healthy eating is and how important it is for kids to have a healthy body image, we asked it to be removed from the class library and the main library. Reading it with the perspective of a heavier child, or a child who likes to pick on others and would get "inspiration" you can see what a bad message it sends.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M Stoneham on 24 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
A short summary of the story:

The appropriately named Large family (actually, the 'Obese family' would be more accurate) are put on a poorly conceived diet of salad and rigorous exercise routine by the mother, because as we all know the only way to be healthy is to be miserable and starving.

Unfortunately it's all just too difficult for them so they decide that actually they'd much rather give up.

Brilliant.

I couldn't even bring myself to take it to the charity shop as I didn't want to inflict it on another family.
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Great book to discuss emotions and the dynamics of family in a way younger children can understand
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caroline on 9 Dec. 2012
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Another lovely story of the Large Family, entertaining and funny for both my daughters (6 and 3 years old). Get the whole series.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Wallace on 8 Dec. 2009
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The Large family are so typical of most families, everyone can relate to the characters and their everyday exploits. My two children love sharing bedtime stories about them, despite being 8 and 11 now! This story is fun and pictures are great too. If you want a more serious reason for buying it, this story gives you a light-hearted lead-in to chatting about topics such as diet, exercise and sharing and how you as a family deal with them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachelr on 7 July 2014
Format: Paperback
I sat down to read this book to my 3 year old daughter and after reading the first sentence I closed the book in disgust. The first sentence is 'I'm fat,' said Mrs Large... need I say anymore?! I'm all for teaching children about healthy eating but the writer could have gone about it in a better manner. I haven't read the rest of the book and I don't intend to. The first sentence has put me off!!
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