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Mr. Strong (Mr. Men Classic Library) Paperback – 5 Jun 2012
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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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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.
A kind of nonsensical book but an amusing one showing children that their strength can be used in two ways and illustrating clearly which way is best. FUN! FUN!
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.
Katharine and Sarah Copping...
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Mr. Strong is a very funny and good book