Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nostalgia from the 70's

One of the Little Miss characters
 Little Miss and Mr. Men Series

When I was a kid some of my favorite books were the Mr. Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves. These fun titles feature simple cartoon drawings of each Mr. or Miss and a story about their personality traits. Little Miss ScatterBrain is always forgetting where she lives, Mr. Noisy is always very loud and Little Miss Chatterbox talks and talks and talks. The first of the Mr. Men characters is said have been created when Hargreaves’ son Adam asked his father what a tickle looked like. The cartoonist drew a round orange body with long arms.

First published in 1971, these titles are now available worldwide in 20 different languages, and have sold more than 85 million copies.  Mr. Hargreaves is from the UK and wrote the series until his death in 1988. His son Adam continued the series with new characters and new stories until 2004 when rights to the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters was sold to British entertainment group Chorion. A cartoon series, and a live show were soon to follow as well as a fun website where you can learn all about the different characters, watch short videos and play games featuring the Little Misses or Mr. Men. The official site is based in Great Britian but you can view the U.S. version by selecting the country at the bottom of the webpage or follow the link provided here In the U.S. you can see the Mr. Men and Little Miss cartoon on the Cartoon Network.

The Mr. Men and Little Miss characters are so popular that on Hargreaves' 76th birthday the people at Google created a doodle for their homepage honoring his work.

Do you remember these fun books from your childhood? If so come in and check them out to share with one of the kids in your life.

Michele, Children's Librarian

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