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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405274670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405274678
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.4 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,378 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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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.


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210 of 218 people found the following review helpful By Hamilton Richardson on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
Hargreaves' first work, and regarded by many as his masterpiece, Mr Tickle is something of a rarity amongst the Mr Men books. Elsewhere, we see much exposition on the pitfalls of excess - such as in Mr Greedy and Mr Messy, for instance - but a distinct lack of discourse on personalities that are over- rather than under-regulated. A case in point might be another work, Mr Fussy, which stands out as an opportunity glaringly missed. Despite a faintly ridiculing tone to the prose, this is essentially a lamentation on how others cannot live up to the high ideals and perfectionism of its titular central character. It is at best an ambiguous critique of repression, and Mr Fussy escapes the moral judgment so often dished out to others in the series.

So what a glorious anomaly we find in Mr Tickle - a breath of fresh air from the unrestrained id. The all-consuming sensual delight he offers relentlessly disrupts the social order. A postman drops all his letters in a puddle, the tickling of a policeman causes a traffic jam, and the unbearable reverie he inflicts upon a station master brings the local rail network to a temporary standstill. There is something almost Bakhtinian about the manner in which he tickles a dour schoolmaster until he loses control in front of his class.

But Mr Tickle is not Stirner's Egoist, nor does he proclaim `do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law'. And if he is a terrorist, his weapons are laughter and ecstasy. Though his principal targets may well be those who wear uniforms - those who exercise, embody and therefore are most in the grip of Authority - we would be mistaken to think that Hargreaves' purpose is to challenge the external Social Order. Rather, it is to loosen the vice-like grip of an interior foe: the overdeveloped Superego.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sickasaparrot on 18 May 2004
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Mr Tickle was Roger Hargreaves' first Mr Man book,the idea came to him when his son asked what a tickle looked like.
"Tickles are small and round and they have arms that stretch and stretch and stretch."
There is no moral to this story,just heaps of tickles and giggles. What more could anyone ask for in a book?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2001
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Mr Tickle is so special to me - he taught me to appreciate life for all the funny little things. I love his arms because they are so dangly. My favourite bit is when Mr Tickle catches a goat - by Leyla Roscoe age 6
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M, Oxfordshire on 12 Nov. 2011
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The classic children's book - and the best of all the Mr Men stories - delivered at breakneck speed! Ordered late one evening, the book arrived the very next day. If only all companies were this efficient.
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One day, a seven-year-old boy asked his father what a tickle looked like. The boy's name was Adam Hargreaves and his father, Roger, gave him the answer in the form of a story. Thus Mr Tickle was born.

This special edition, published in 2001 to celebrate thirty years of the Mr Men, is designed to appeal to adults with a sense of nostalgia. There is a distinctly 'grown-up' black cover, with just a hint of Mr Tickle's arm on the front, and his eyes peep out at you as you turn the book over. The traditional cover illustration precedes the story itself inside the book.

The foreword, written by Adam Hargreaves, tells how the Mr Men were created and celebrates their enduring success. As Adam has now taken up his father's pen, writing new tales about the Mr Men and Little Misses, fans celebrating this anniversary can rest assured that they will continue to entertain future generations.

This is nice addition to the library shelf of anyone whose original copy of Mr Tickle is worn out beyond repair. Younger readers will prefer the classic paperback version, or may even prefer to read about one of Mr Tickle's new adventures.
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The first and most classic book to be made. Mr Tickle is loved by children most to all ages. What's not to like about him. The charming tale tells a lovely story about a little man with massive arms who love tickling people. What's not to like about Mr Tickle?

An ultimate special, a good price on Amazon, there's no reason you should buy it. It's a great gift for any child around toddler age, to add to the Mr Men collection. See the number on the side of the book. That's where in the collection you should put it.

There is a lot of fraud that Roger doesn't know about, simply because it is a bestselling book and lots of people wants to steal his rightful money and keep it themselves. Who cares? The police deal with it and it's done. But we need to focus on the good.

Roger Hargreves is a bestselling author worldwide, with his classical, charmingly good Mr Men books. Mr and Little Miss books are both international favourites for children dotted around the Earth. Treat your child to a book of Mr Tickle and they'll be grateful.
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Imagine if you could sit in bed and with your arm, reach out the door, down the stairs and into the fridge to take out a biscuit! Mr. Tickle can! In some ways, Mr. Tickle is a nuisance as his long arms get everywhere. Yes it is funny when we tickles the teacher in school but not so funny when he tickles the greengrocer, causing the apples to spill or tickles the station master causing the train to be late.

Mr. Tickle never apologises, just goes on his way to see who will be his next 'victim'. At the end of the day he goes home and laughs as he remembers who he has tickled.

A good conversation starter to see if you children can see how Mr. Tickle could behave a little better. Nothing wrong with tickling but is it sometimes inappropriate?!
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