ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Roger Hargreaves Books| Mr Men and Little Miss Characters

Updated on July 30, 2014
roger hargreaves
roger hargreaves

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:

-Albert Elephant
-John Mouse
-Walter Worm
-Round and Squary
-Hippo Potto and Mouse
-I am
-Easy Peasy People

Early life

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


  • Bossy
  • Naughty
  • Neat
  • Sunshine
  • Tiny
  • Trouble
  • Helpful
  • Magic
  • Shy
  • Splendid
  • Late
  • Scatterbrain
  • Greedy
  • Giggles
  • Twins
  • Chatterbox
  • Dotty
  • Lucky
  • Star
  • Fickle
  • Contrary
  • Busy
  • Quick
  • Wise
  • Tidy
  • Brainy
  • Stubborn
  • Curious
  • Fun
  • Somersault
  • Scary
  • Bad
  • Whoops
  • Princess

Mr Happy Show

Roger Hargreaves in YouTube

List of Mr. Men's Characters


  • Bounce
  • Brave
  • Bump
  • Busy
  • Chatterbox
  • Cheeky
  • Cheerful
  • Christmas
  • Clever
  • Clumsy
  • Cool
  • Crosspatch
  • Daydream
  • Dizzy
  • Forgetful
  • Funny
  • Fussy
  • Good
  • Greedy
  • Grumble
  • Grumpy
  • Happy
  • Impossible
  • Jelly
  • Lazy
  • Mean
  • Messy
  • Mischief
  • Miserable
  • Muddle
  • Nervous
  • NO
  • Nobody
  • Noisy
  • Nonsense
  • Nosey
  • Perfect
  • pernickety
  • Persnickety
  • Quiet
  • Rude
  • Rush
  • Scatterbrain
  • Silly
  • Skinny
  • Slow
  • Small
  • Sneeze
  • Snow
  • Strong
  • stubborn
  • Tall
  • Tickle
  • Topsy-Turvy
  • Uppity
  • Worry
  • Wrong

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.

Have fun!!!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      Hi Louise,While writing the cmonemt above, I grappled with the differences between "meaningful" and "productive", as I have experienced both in my life. For instance, BLOOM has given my life meaning, but I am not yet productive. I love the fact that thousands of readers will ponder our conversations, deciding for themselves, how to help their kids. However, without becoming prodoctive, I will never have children of my own.Moreover, you recently posted about a couple with CP who chose to have a baby. Now, I do not take issue with the fact that both are disabled, but it does bother me that they are on social assistance. Please believe me when I tell you, "This is becoming the new norm." I also tried to reach a compromise, for those like Ben and my brother, as I specifically wrote, "...for those who are able..." Subsequently, I too, cannot ignore my disability, as strive to be more like you, "Meaningful and productive."Matt Kamaratakis

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      Le pull est tre8s beau!!! J aime ce mode8le!!! Quant e0 la couverture pomret d eatre tre8s belle!!! ce jeu de couleur de la laine!!! C set la meame ou bien tu changes?

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      Coome d habitude, c est super joli, j ai bien envie de le troeitcr, mais j ai 3 Kim Hargreaves en commande, bird jacket qui n avance pas tre8s vite et une tonne de boulot .


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)