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Which is Your Favourite Mr. Men Character?

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published January 13th 2014
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The Mr. Men & Little Miss used to be one of my favourite book series when growing up. The colourful characters are excellent for entertaining and educating young children, and are a great way to introduce them to reading. The characters are loveable, humorous, and because they are based on simple emotions and actions, they are easily relatable and recognisable.

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Written and illustrated by Roger Hargreaves (1935-1988), the first books were published in 1971 and included stories about Mr. Tickle, Mr. Greedy, Mr. Happy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Sneeze, and Mr. Bump. The first ever Little Miss books followed in 1981. The Mr. Men & Little Miss were also turned into a television show in 1974, which brought the characters to life.

I think my favourite part about collecting the books was trying to spell out the title on the side of the book. Since then, there have been many more series, including charity, celebration, and other special editions.

In my opinion, the best characters were the ones from the original series. I am not keen on characters based on nouns, such as Mr. Snow and Little Miss Princess because it does not denote an action or personality.

mr topsy turvey, mr men
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There is tons of merchandise based on these characters, by my favourite, Mr. Topsy Turvey never seems to get a look in. Everyone knows Mr. Tickle, Mr. Lazy, and Mr. Happy, but I never see a t-shirt or mug with Mr. Topsy Turvey on it. Mr. Topsy Turvey wears an upside down bowler hat, carries an upside down cane, and walks everywhere backwards. What I like about him is how he does everything differently to everyone else.

I did have a thing for the orange characters in general because I also loved Mr. Tickle, who reminded me of my granddad. I think it is the characters that remind us of ourselves or someone we know that we get attached to the most.

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As for the Little Miss characters, my favourite was Little Miss Splendid, you I loved purely because of her exaggeratedly posh voice on the TV show.

Who are your favourite Mr. & Little Miss characters? Do your children also enjoy the books?
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The latest TV series (The Mr Men Show) has changed some of the characters (for the worst).
by TheOnlyFiona (score: 2|423) 1449 days ago
Mr Fussy
by Amelia (score: 0|5) 1589 days ago
Its too hard to choose. Mr.Perfect and Little Miss Chatterbox had really good stories. The newest one: Little Miss Princess has a good story too.
by TheOnlyFiona (score: 2|423) 1449 days ago
Mr Bump of Course
by rebec (score: 0|2) 166 days ago

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