It all started with a tickle. Roger Hargreaves' son Adam asked him what a tickle looked like. In response, Roger drew a small orange man with extraordinarily long arms that could reach anywhere and tickle anyone. The idea that a tickle could be a character in its own right sparked an idea in Roger's mind. Roger was a successful copywriter but he wanted to do something that would enable him to work from home and spend more time with his four children. He wondered if he could make a living writing and illustrating children's books so he wrote the first Mr Men titles: Mr Tickle, Mr Greedy, Mr Happy, Mr Nosey, Mr Sneeze and Mr Bump. The books were an instant hit and Roger went on to create many more Mr Men and Little Miss characters. What Roger really wanted was to make children laugh. Mr Silly was his favourite Mr Men story and, according to his family, encapsulates his humour most closely. Sadly Roger passed away in 1988, but his son Adam took over the series, introducing new characters and exciting new adventures. Roger once said, 'I feel very happy to think that when the Mr Men and Little Misses are 100 years old, their readers will always be five.'
We all know about the Little Miss and the Mr Men but here they are in another new picture book format story for us, and one that is just perfect for valentines! Love by Roger Hargreaves (Egmont) is a celebration of many of these much-loved characters who have come together to show us, in a gorgeously bright and rhyming story, just how much they mean to one another. Tall and small, splendid or cool, no matter who you are, what you are, how you look or feel this book is a celebration of giving, sharing and above all else, LOVE. * Armadillo magazine, 2019 *