The World of Roger Hargreaves: Mr. Men & Little Miss

The World of Roger Hargreaves: Mr. Men & Little Miss

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Mr. Happy, Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Tickle, Little Miss Hugs, and their posse of geometric friends have explained feelings, sensations, and attitudes to generations of children. It all started when an eight-year-old boy wondered what a tickle looks like. His dad, British advertising copywriter Roger Hargreaves, drew Mr. Tickle, who would become the first of 46 Mr. Men and 33 Little Miss books.

Hargreaves' books have major visual appeal built on bright color and a simple, bold style down to the fonts (Univers, Optima, or Helvetica, depending on the title). The small, square format was a factor in the series' success, and children enthusiastically collected the affordable books in the UK and worldwide. Roger Hargreaves passed away in 1988, and his son Adam, who inspired the books, took over the Mr. Men and Little Miss empire.

The books make great party favors or stocking stuffers, and there's a sweet Mr. Men Little Miss Christmas Box Set for holiday fun.

Learn more about the characters and their history: MrMen

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