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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (5 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405235721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405235723
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.4 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,045 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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101 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Hamilton Richardson on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
What a triumph it is, this Nietzschean parable of the Superman. Mr Strong's very being brims with the Will To Power, for which his physical strength is not a delicate metaphor. He hammers a nail into walls with his finger, he ties a knot in an iron bar.

Furthermore, he manifests this sheer force and charisma often quite despite himself. He tears a door off its hinges totally by accident, and barely notices as a bus is written off in collision with him. The symbolism of both of these events is important. The incident with the door makes explicit that it is the world around Mr Strong that must change - not he - however violent this birth of the new. It is equally significant that Mr Strong's own inattentiveness to road safety causes the crash - he cannot help but exist above the social rules that govern the majority, beyond Good and Evil.

This is not to say that Mr Strong ever uses his innate superiority to do wrong - he is every bit as good an egg as those which form his principal diet. One feels he would be just as horrified as Nietzsche himself was by the anti-Semitism of Wagner.

Whatever the case, destiny calls the Superman. And with a fire in a field he yanks a barn from its foundations (a clever metaphor for the dramatic social change brought about by iconoclasts such as he). He fills it with water, empties it upon the chaotic inferno, dousing its flames with his might. Without so much as a second thought, he seizes his moment in history.

Thus sprach Zarathustra.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HeavyMetalManitou VINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2011
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I like the way Roger Hargreaves shows the downside to being the strongest man ever. After all, Mr Strong is essentially a brick house with arms and legs, so clumsiness is inevitable. His strength seems to be natural, which makes it all the more impressive. Yes, Mr Strong eats massive feasts of eggs to boost his strength, but there's no evidence of steroid taking, blood doping or other illegal performance-enhancing activities. Mr Strong's frenzied egg-eating did cause me to worry about his cholesterol levels, but I transcended my concern by deciding that the man's intense exercise routine (such as lifting barns full of water) will keep him healthy. He's a good man, Mr Strong, happy to use his strength to help others in need. And the book's ending contains a twist of M Night Shyamalan proportions!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Nov. 2008
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I love Mr. Strong's story because it shows the good and the bad of his special ability. Yes, he is VERY strong, and as a result, he took his door off the hinges, and unintentionally causes damage elsewhere.

However, his super-strength comes in handy, and he does some very impressive things to save a burning cornfield. His reward? Eggs! Perfect, since he eats so many eggs every day - most likely for the protein.

I always thought of this book as a story about doing the best with what you have. I loved them as a kid in the 70s, and I love reading them to my son even more.

Another favorite of ours is Mr. Bump (Mr. Men Classic Library). Each book shows all the Mr. Mens on the back, so you can decide what you would like to look for next.
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This story is very funny. The bits we like best are when Mr. Strong bumps into a tree and snaps the trunk off; and when he walks slap bang straight into a bus and the driver thinks he has hit a brick wall. We like the pictures very much, especially when Mr. Strong picks up a whole barn, dips it in the river and tips the water out over the burning cornfield. Overall, well worth £...
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By Max Feher on 18 Jan. 2013
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I love collecting Mr. Men book`s and I think this is the best!!!
Mr. Strong is a very funny and good book
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By Kitkat on 8 Jan. 2013
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My son loved it a great buy for any parent to use to read to there little ones at bedtime
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Bought this book for my 3 year old grandaughter. Really good book to read to her and the pages are very colourful. The book was received very quickly. Can recommend it.
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