Down Memory Lane With Mr. Men And Little Miss

Yesterday, Google honoured a man who had given so much joy to so many children around the world with his cartoon characters. It would have been Charles Roger Hargreaves’ 76th birthday and the search engine had sixteen doodles of his characters to brighten up our day.

Google's Miss Chatterbox
Google's Miss Chatterbox

I wish I’d grown up on his books. I did the next best thing though – I enjoyed them when my daughter was little. It’s amazing how children can have the same books read to them again and again and never feel bored. Each time is like the first time – the same anticipation, the same degree of excitement, the only difference being they soon know when the page has to be turned.

The first two books were a gift – Miss Chatterbox and Mr. Small. I’m growing old – I just can’t remember who gave them to us but my eternal thanks to whoever it was. Together, my baby and I stepped into Roger Hargreaves’ world and there was no turning back.

Charles Roger Hargreaves (9 May 1935  11 September 1988)
Charles Roger Hargreaves (9 May 1935 11 September 1988)

Roger Hargreaves was born in West Yorkshire and it was while he was working in advertising that he completed Mr. Tickle, his first Mr. Men book. Cartooning was his first love and it all began with his son Adam asking him to describe a tickle. So he drew a long-armed character with a round, orange body. He might have found it tough to find a publisher at first but once his book was launched, it went on to be a runaway success. Many more Mr. Men books followed – there were 46 in all – all of them were lapped up by an adoring audience. The stories were simple and so were the cartoon figures and every child who read the books loved them.

Then came the next series – Little Miss and there were 33 of these. There were good little misses and naughty little misses and some of them were quite wicked but you couldn’t help loving every one of them. Till he passed away in 1988, he continued adding new books to these series and when he was gone, his son Adam did the cartoons for a while. Today, over 100 million copies of these books have been sold all over the world and the BBC even had a TV series on both the sets of characters.

There could be some who say the books are silly and too simple but they appeal to the heart of every little child. And that’s what finally matters, doesn’t it? Both Mr. Men and Little Miss are brands today, lending their names to a whole range of memorabilia like mugs, T-shirts, slippers, bibs, games and even toilet seat covers.

Roger Hargreaves, we salute you. Thank you for lighting up our lives with your sunshine-y characters!

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Germaine Reilly 5 years ago

I agree! Mr Men and then little Miss books were staples of my childhood and seeing Mr Hargreaves' work acknowledged yesterday by Google brought back happy memories!

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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

I have never read his books, but your article is certainly beautiful and inspiring, as always, Shalini.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A gtreat hub and thanks for sharing.

I now look forward to reading much more of your work.

I push all the buttons here.

Take care


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quicksand 5 years ago

Hi Shal, Memory Lane is one of my favorite streets and I am a frequent visitor there. Thanks for pointing another interesting path. Cheers!

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Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

How fun to revisit these! Thank you, Shai for finding this!

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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

Hi Germaine - wish I weren't so old and they had been staples of my childhood too :) Lucky you!

Tatjana - they're really cute! Appreciate you coming by.

Eiddwen - thanks for reading.

quicksand - haha - yes, same here. Great to see you here.

Candie - good to see you online again and yes, great to revisit them!

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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

What a wonderful tribute, Shalini,.

l recently bought Mr. Perfect and Mr Mishieve socks for 2 of my grandsons and noticed the come in adult sizes. What more can we say ????

Thank you

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Great Hub on the simple pleasures of the Mister Men and Little Miss world. He was a great creative mind that reached millions of children effortlessly. Sometimes the best ideas are simple - he is a testament to that. Your hub is well written and is a great tribute to Roger Hargreaves. voted up!

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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

Hi Dim - they do?? Who's have thunk :D I'm sure your grandsons loved their socks!

Thanks Docmo - yes, so simple and yet so creative!

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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Love the little miss world.

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Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

This is fun stuff, informative too. Mr. Tickle -- amazing what can spring from a simple little idea. Peace.

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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

I do too, truthfornow :)

Amazing, indeed, Doug - sometimes the simple ideas are best, aren't they?

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rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

Yay I liked your hub, great write up!!

rorshak sobchak

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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

Thanks rorshak!

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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

Wow, it has been awhile since I have seen these characters. Brings back so many memories. Voted up!

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I, a grown woman, read every "Little House" book every winter for many years. If you love it you never tire of it.

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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

Hi AskAshlie and Pollyannalana - thanks for coming by. It's so nice to see how many love these wonderful characters!

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

I consumed these books when I was little, they where the first books that I remember reading on my own and for that they will always have a special place in my heart

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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

Hi nighthag - thanks for coming by and reading. I wish I'd discovered them when I was young :)

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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

Loved it and loved the video :-)

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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

Thank you, thank you De Greek - it's great to see you around!

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Oh the wonderful Mr and Miss Men, I read so many of these books to my children, I knew some of them off by heart!! Now 25 years later I am reading them to my grandchildren, they are timeless - lovely books!

Wonderful hub, thanks for sharing.

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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

They are timeless, indeed - I hope someday my grandchildren love them as much as my daughter and I did! Thanks for coming by!

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