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Just One of Those Days by Jill Murphy

Just One of Those Days is a story that will be familiar to us all. A long night leads to three tired bears and has a detrimental effect on Baby Bear at nursery and Mr and Mrs Bear at work. This gentle story focusses on the little things in everyday family life that can create the biggest dramas when we’re exhausted!

The Story: Mr and Mrs Bear and Baby Bear wake up late after a disturbed night. It’s the start of a day where nothing goes right – it’s raining, they get to nursery late and work doesn’t go well for either of the parents. By the end of the day everybody is tired so they order pizza for dinner and Mr Bear has a surprise for Baby Bear…

Mr Bear’s coffee accident scuppers his lunch break and we’re not sure how well Mrs Bear could work after sitting on her glasses! As a teacher I can relate to the way that Baby Bear is upset by his late arrival at nursery and it gets worse when he can’t play with his favourite dinosaur or drink from the right coloured cup.

All the situations in the story are comfortably familiar and it’s easy to empathise with the characters as their extreme exhaustion leads to Just One Of Those Days. It’s also a reassuring read which shows children that some problems are universal – no matter who your family is and where you live!

We love the way that the pages are laid out with text on a white page on the left and illustrations on the right. The illustrations do a wonderful job of filling in gaps in the text, they really are beautifully intertwined. We love the facial expressions on the bears and the way that their tiredness is also captured in their body language and the messy house is such a true reflection of life with a small child!

It wasn’t until I became a parent that I truly appreciated Jill Murphy’s picture books about family life with the Bear Family and the Large Family. The everyday dramas and the challenges for parents are simply and realistically portrayed in ways that both children and parents can identify with.

Age Range: 2 +

Author / Illustrator: Jill Murphy

Thank you to Macmillan Books for sending a copy of this heart-warming story.

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8 responses to “Just One of Those Days by Jill Murphy”

  1. Lisa | Handmade in Israel avatar

    I remember the Large Family books so well. They were delightful!

    1. Catherine avatar

      We love both the Large family and the bear family, Peace at Last is one of my favourite picture books 🙂

  2. Amila avatar

    This sounds like a very interesting and lovely book to read with young children. We can relate to the story, and we have experience in such ‘one of those days’. Thanks for this sharing and review.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that everyone can relate to having ‘Just One Of Those Days’!

  3. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    A lovely book and one which we can all relate to! I know I’ve had plenty ‘one of those days’. 🙂 x

    1. Catherine avatar

      This book definitely takes a theme that’s familiar to many!

  4. Kim Carberry avatar

    What a great book. I think we all can relate to it, I often have just one of those days.
    I remember this bear family from when I was a child and reading Peace at Last. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      This is a book that everybody can relate to! Peace at Last is another great book that is totally relatable!