Funny books to read for kids: Five Minutes’ Peace


Humorous books are often a great tool to keep children’s attention as they learn to read.

Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy is one of Reading Kingdom’s recommended funny books to read for kids.  Melissa Gaynor from Sweet on Books explains why:

“What You Need to Know:

• This book, about a mom desperate for five minutes alone, will entertain adults as much as their children.
• Some young readers may question why the mom would possibly want time to herself.
Five Minutes’ Peace would make a great gift for any mom in your life. I gave it to mine!


Everyone needs a break even an elephant that is mother to three cute and talented elephant kids! Poor Mrs. Large has her hands full. She follows her children’s messy trail into the kitchen only to discover an even bigger disaster. Avoiding the chaos, she prepares a snack for herself and heads off for some quiet time in the tub. Lester, Laura and the Little One follow close behind, filled with questions. “Where are you going…?” “Why?” “Can we come? Mrs. Large has about a minute of peace before she’s joined in the bathroom by all three of her shadows. The kids are having a blast, but Mrs. Large has had no peace. She heads back downstairs to the kitchen for a last attempt at some quiet time, but she doesn’t quite get five minutes before the family is together again.

Many will relate to Mrs. Large’s experience, told here in a fun and whimsical way. The elephants are adorable with their playful behavior, amusing facial expressions and colorful outfits. I especially liked Mrs. Large’s flowered shower cap and the three curlers she has underneath it. The pictures alone tell a funny story, but combined with the charming text, the result is a delight!”

After you’ve read this book with your kids, check out more of the Reading Kingdom book series.

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