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Mr. Messy (Mr. Men and Little Miss) [Kindle Edition]

Roger Hargreaves
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Product Description

Product Description

Mr. Messy's house is a disaster until Mr. Neat and Mr. Tidy stop by to clean up.

Mr. Messy is one of 85 much loved Mr. Men and Little Miss characters. Have you met them all?

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1583 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094FWGEK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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389 of 391 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling Echoes of Josef K 28 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
If '1984' or 'The Trial' had been a children's book, Mr Messy would be it. No literary character has ever been so fully and categorically obliterated by the forces of social control. Hargreaves may well pay homage to Kafka and Orwell in this work, but he also goes beyond them.

We meet Mr Messy - a man whose entire day-to-day existence is the undiluted expression of his individuality. His very untidiness is a metaphor for his blissful and unselfconscious disregard for the Social Order. Yes, there are times when he himself is a victim of this individuality - as when he trips over a brush he has left on his garden path - but he goes through life with a smile on his face.

That is, until a chance meeting with Mr Neat and Mr Tidy - the archetypal men in suits. They set about a merciless programme of social engineering and indoctrination that we are left in no doubt is in flagrant violation of his free will. 'But I like being messy' he protests as they anonymize both his home and his person with their relentless cleaning activity, a symbolism thinly veiled.

This process is so thorough that by the end of it he is unrecognizable - a homogenized pink blob, no longer truly himself (that vibrant Pollock-like scribble of before). He smiles the smile of a brainwashed automaton, blandly accepting what he has been given no agency to question or refuse. It is in this very smile that the sheer horror of what we have seen to occur is at its most acute.

Somewhere behind this blank expression though is a latent anger - a trace of self-knowledge as to what he once was - in the barbed observation he makes to Neat and Tidy that they have even deprived him of his name.

The book ends with a dry reminder from Hargreaves that just as with the secret police in some totalitarian regime, our own small expressions of uniqueness and volition may also result in a visit from these sinister suited agents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Identity theft made children's book 19 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
How disappointing - why should mr messy not be messy? I was hoping all along for him to win through in the end, but he never did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic! 13 Jan 2012
By Mel
Format:Paperback
A great stocking filler for a very messy man to remind him that I wouldn't have it any other way as most immaculate houses I know are very dull!! As with most of the Mr. Men books it's a kid's story with a grown-up moral. I love the Mr. Men library & bought Mr. Tickle as well. How can you grow out of these books?!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great 29 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was the first ever one I read 38 years ago and got it for Christmas for my daughter. She liked it very much and asked when Mr Neat and Mr Tidy are coming to our house.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My kids loved this book never seems to date. Great stocking filler for all ages, now they want the whole set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great picture book 30 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I borrowed this to check out the share function on prime and am delighted I chose this one to borrow. Brought back fond memories and made me smile.
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