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Roger Hargreaves Books| Mr Men and Little Miss Characters
Roger Hargreaves was a cartoonist, born in Yorkshire in May 9, 1935.He is probably one of the few people of his time who truly realized the power of doodles and showed us how a simple but peculiar cartoon character can represent some funny but important characters of our society. His creation of Mr. Men or Mr. Grumpy still remains equally popular cartoon characters as it was in 1970s.
Death:He died September 11, 1988, at the age of 53.
Roger Hargreaves books
His fame came from his two series of cartoon books: Mr. Men and Little Miss. There are 46 and 33 books in Mr. Men series and Little Miss series, respectively.
Roger’s other notable book series are:
-Round and Squary
-Hippo Potto and Mouse
-Easy Peasy People
Roger Hargreaves always wanted to be a cartoonist. In 1971, while he was working in an advertising firm, he wrote the first of Mr. Men series, which we know as Mr. Tickle. Despite the initial difficulty of finding a publisher for his first book, Mr. Tickle was an instant hit when it got published. This initial success inspired him to write the second of Mr. Men series book: Mr. Greedy. The continues success of his Mr. Men series inspired him to leave his job and devote his full time in creating and writing some of the most wonderful cartoon characters of the world, which is widely popular among kids. In 1983, he started writing his Little Miss books, which also made into a television series at later time.
Roger Hargreaves Facts:
- Total number of books sold is over 100 million
- Number three in UK bestselling author list
- He work in his father’s dry cleaning business for about a year
- The first book of Mr. Men’s series is “Mr. Tickle” ;published in 1971
- The first Little Miss series book is “Little Miss Bossy”; published in 1981
- Before quitting his job in 1983, he worked as a creative director in an advertising firm
- In 2004, Roger's wife sold the right of his Mr. Men Characters for 28 million pounds.
Mr. Chatterbox talks even in her sleep
What inspired Roger Hargreaves to create Mr. Tickle?
One lovely morning of 1971, Roger’s six-year old boy asked him how Mr. Tickle looks like. This question of his young boy made him conceived about the first of Mr. Men called Mr. Trickle, who is a decent looking orange man with a very long arms and a small blue hat. The boy --Adam Hargreaves--who inspired Mr. Roger to create this series of funny and evergreen characters is now a writer and illustrator.
Interesting Fact: At every 2.5 seconds at least one Mr. Men book is sold.
The Mr. Men Characters that inspires us all.
There are over 40 Mr. Men characters that are loved not only by kids but also by people of all ages. Here, I would like to mention a few of the characters that are bound to make a positive difference in a kid’s mind.
Mr. Happy-This smiley face is the happiest person of our planet. No matter how much you try to depress him, he always stays happy because being happy is his innate nature.
Mr. Good lives in a place called Goodland, where nothing but good happens. After learning about Mr. Good I was thinking buying a piece of land in Goodland. Unfortunately, I found that no real-estate agents are aware of such places; otherwise they would have offered me something good.
Mr. Cheerful- According to Roger Hargreaves, he is the second happiest person of this world, just next to Mr. happy.
Mr. Grumpy Show
Litte Miss Characters
Mr Happy Show
Roger Hargreaves in YouTube
List of Mr. Men's Characters
Mr. Bean turned into Mr. Happy
Note:A full description of Mr Men's Characters is available in Wikipedia
All the beautiful characters of Roger Hargreaves are funny.If you take a careful look at the name of each character, you will see that every character is representing some special group of people living in our society. And one noticeable thing of these beautiful cartoon characters is that they are representing themselves in a very simple way that is easily understandable to kids. What the senior members or parents can do is to introduce the kids with Mr. Men and little Miss characters and explaining them why each character is so unique and which type of characters are loved by the majority of the people of our society and why. Roger’s creation of these characters are primarily for fun, but every character convey a strong message about our life.Roger Hargreaves books are a great resource that can help your kids to develop the quality of identifying people by minding what types of words and expression people use when they communicate.
A universal Message of Roger Hargreaves
No matter if you are a kid or an adult, what you should not follow is not being Bossy, naughty , shy, late, greedy, chatterbox, lazy, messy, mischief, rude and rush. Instead you may pay more attention to what Mr. Happy talks about how to become Mr. Cheerful and Mr Good. And never forget that there always is a Little Miss to Help you in every aspect of your life.