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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (2 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405235519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405235518
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.4 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,928 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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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Hamilton Richardson on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
In his third work, Mr Happy, Hargreaves takes us on a Jungian journey to the integrated self.

The story starts by introducing us to the supposedly perfect life that our eponymous hero appears to live - the tranquilized bliss and counterfeit euphoria of Happyland. Yet what is it that leads Mr Happy to wander away from an existence that, if truly flawless, should suffice to satisfy and sustain him? Why this need to venture deep into the mysterious unknown of the forest? To open a door in a tree-trunk and descend a staircase beneath the ground to the deepest recesses of the unconscious?

Here lays the crux of this exploration of analytical psychology - the defining happiness of our central character is revealed as nothing more than a persona. His name and outward appearance are a mask to the outside world and from himself. It is the very inauthenticity of this state of affairs that drives him on the voyage to seek out and confront the root of the dissonance that this generates within him.

For indeed, what does he come face-to-face with at the foot of these stairs but his own repressed sadness? This comes in the form of his miserable alter ego - physically identical, polar opposite in mood. It is only through this confrontation with the shadow that his unsustainable persona can find authentic resolution and true integration of the self be achieved. These archetypes are quite literally brought to light as Mr Happy coaxes Mr Miserable up to the surface and into view of the conscious mind in a climax of now genuine peace and bliss.

In a knowing nod to his source material, Hargreaves depicts Mr Happy as round - a shape he shares with the mandala.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Francis on 19 Mar. 2013
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One I remember from my own childhood. Reading this to my son now, it does look a little aged in the illustrations, but the simplicity and honesty of it, along with Hargreaves jolly wit, makes the story still enjoyable to read. With all the harshness of modern life (do our children see it as we do, or will they look back on their childhoods' as innocently as we do ours?) I find myself seeking out only the most positive children's books to share, I guess in the hope that our kids have at least a few years without experiencing great amounts of worry. Mr. Happy fits the bill nicely in this respect and being available on Kindle makes it all the better. Now I can carry the kids' whole library to bed with us at story time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Poppy on 14 Nov. 2013
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Wow amazing you learn a very very good amazing life lesson from that book bye poppy Molly kilbey xxx wow
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2000
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This book will make you smile. This book is the first book in the Mr. Men series that I read and it made me fan of Roger Hargreaves. This is not just a book for children it is a book for adults as well. The perfect book to read after a hard day's work. The book will do the same to you as it does to Mr Miserable it will make you turn your mouth up at the corners and smile.
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By hayley irwin on 21 May 2013
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I love this book. It makes me happy, I can't put my finger on why. Mr Happy is a delightful fella, and I found myself wanting to be in Happyland with him and the smiley worms.
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By Mama Anyi on 27 Aug. 2013
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Such a wonderful fellow. My son loves his big, yellow face and so do I! (And he is an all round good chap too. See Mr Quiet for proof.)
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By Rowan Dymott on 29 Dec. 2012
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It is a fun fantastic book and I am in some ways to old for It but I still love it Iran d I am sure t h a t you will to:)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rox123 on 9 May 2010
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I use this book when I give private English lessons to children and they go down a treat. The kids are always eager to read and find out what happens next in the story. Great buy!
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