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Mr. Grumpy (Mr. Men Classic Library) Paperback – 2 Jun 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (2 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405235837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405235839
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1935 in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, Charles Roger Hargreaves is Britain's third best-selling author of all time having sold more than 100 million books, including all the familiar Mr. Men and Little Miss characters. Roger Hargreaves followed a career in advertising before becoming an author and illustrator.

He wrote the first Mr. Men book in 1971 when his 8 year old son, Adam Hargreaves, asked 'What does a tickle look like?' In response, Roger drew a figure with a round orange body and long, rubbery arms and Mr. Tickle was born.

He initially had difficulty finding a publisher, but once he did, the books became an instant success, selling over one million copies within three years and spawning a BBC animated television series, narrated and voiced by Arthur Lowe.

By 1976, Roger Hargreaves had quit his day job as creative director of a London advertising firm. In 1981, the Little Miss series of books began with Little Miss Bossy. They were also made into a television series in 1983, which was narrated by John Alderton and Pauline Collins, who voiced the Mr. Men and Little Misses respectively.

Although Roger Hargreaves wrote many other children's stories, including the Timbuctoo series of twenty-five books, John Mouse, and the Roundy and Squary books, he is best known for his Mr. Men and Little Miss books. With his wife, Christine, Roger had four children: Adam, Giles, and twins Sophie and Amelia who were the inspiration for Little Miss Twins.

Roger Hargreaves died suddenly of a stroke 11 September 1988. Adam has continued to write and draw the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters in new stories. In April 2004, Christine sold the rights to the Mr. Men characters to the entertainment group Chorion.


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Roger Hargreaves is best remembered as the creator, author and illustrator of the Mr. Men and Little Miss. These hilarious tales with their bright, bold illustrations have been part of popular culture since the launch of the very first book, Mr. Tickle, in 1971. To date over 85 million copies have been sold worldwide and they have been translated into 20 languages.


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Guess who lives at Crosspatch Cottage?! Guess who has a lesson that he needs to learn?! Yes, it's Mr. Grumpy. After being bad tempered towards Mr. Happy and even deliberately stepping on his toe, Mr. Happy goes to see if Mr. Tickle can be of assistance.

When Mr. Grumpy goes shopping that afternoon and snaps at the shopkeepers, Mr. Tickle is there waiting for him with his LONG ticklish arm. Every time Mr. Grumpy is grumpy/rude, Mr. Tickle tickles him causing Mr. Grumpy to drop all his packages. Did the tickling cure him? You'll have to read this great book to find out.

A good story with a valuable lesson for children (and some adults) to learn!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "sunnybunch" on 29 Dec. 2003
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Mr Grumpy's a rather sad character, he reminds me of an old man. This story is so sweet, and Mr Happy's in it which makes it all the better. As usual the pictures are wonderful
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Lovely little book. Bought it for my dad who has taken on some Grumpy characteristcs lately and it went down very well. Cute books you can match to the person you are buying for and not expensive for a joke present! Alternatively, these are classic stories whcih would suit a child very well.
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By A. P. Hayward on 11 Feb. 2013
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Joke present for a collegue! Mr Men book's can't be beaten they are timeless let's face it, whether as a joke or for real, there is somthing about these that takes you right back to your childhood.
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By Lynda on 8 July 2013
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My son really likes this story and is subtly different than the TV programmes showing on 5. The only thing I haven't worked out how to do yet is to enlarge the print when you read it.
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By Corinne Jones on 25 Sept. 2013
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Purchased as a gift for someone else but all of the Mr Men titles are classics as far as I'm concerned. I read and enjoyed them all when they were first published in the seventies.
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What more to say? Mr. Grumpy & ALL the MR MEN books are an aid to young children in identifying the moods of OTHERS & THEMSELVES. A great help in growing up EMOTIONALLY LITERATE.
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By eddy on 25 Feb. 2013
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An old man who was grumpy all the time. A very fun book book that you should read.
The pictures are also good.
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