Top 10 Books by Roger Hargreaves

 

Charles Roger Hargreaves was an English writer of children’s books as well as an illustrator. Among Roger Hargreaves, best books are the Mr. Men and Little Miss series – bright and boldly colored and illustrated with detailed sketches. His books have been loved and accepted into the pop culture since their inception, and most of them are Roger Hargreaves bestsellers, worldwide.

 

Mr. Tickle

Mr. Tickle is a man with extraordinarily long arms who decides it is a tickle day and goes around the city tickling people.

Read it For:
It is funny and witty.
Don't Read it For:
The main character is on a prank roll without any corrective action.
What makes this book stand out?:
For the pure and young-hearted comedy

Mr. Happy

Mr. Happy is from Happyland where everyone is happy and smiling, except this one person who is miserable and lives underground in the woods.

Read it For:
The illustrations and the story are bright and positive for both children and adults.
Don't Read it For:
If you are an adult, perhaps?
What makes this book stand out?:
Because of its simplicity and good vibes.

Mr. Bump

Mr. Bump is a little blue man who keeps bumping into things and meeting accidents for this trait and losing jobs, till he finds the perfect job in an apple orchard where he has to do nothing but just bump around the tree trunks, and the fruits fall from the trees automatically.

Read it For:
It teaches the children that no one is perfect yet everyone can be of use in this world.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t want your child to imitate the character, which they often tend to do, and get hurt.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Roger Hargreaves popular book shows the positive way to look at life’s failures.

Mr. Greedy

Mr. Greedy loves to eat, sometimes a little too much. But when he meets this giant in a cave where everything is enormous, he makes Mr. Greedy eat till he feels like he would burst. The giant makes him promise that he would stop overeating and only then he would let him go.

Read it For:
The book’s illustrations teach children about the ills of overeating.
Don't Read it For:
In case you feel like your child might just do the opposite, don’t make them read it.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its moral values within the fun incidents.
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Mr. Nosey

Mr. Nosey does great justice to his name by snooping and being nosy in everyone’s business, and it annoys his neighbours so much that they decide to teach him lessons, till he stops it and becomes friends with everyone.

Read it For:
Read it to your children so that they learn to stick to their own business.
Don't Read it For:
It might give an idea that their actions will always call for dire consequences.
What makes this book stand out?:
Teaching a very important lesson of personal space and privacy – an important thing to learn as one grows up.

Mr. Silly

Mr. Silly of Nonsenseland cannot think of a silly enough idea for the Silliest Idea Competition, but ends up winning it for painting all the tree leaves green.

Read it For:
It hides a very important theme behind the façade of being silly and funny. With every passing day, thinking of the environment and doing something for it is considered as a silly work – but one knows how important it actually is.
Don't Read it For:
If you are afraid that your child might just take the lesson at its face value and not get the metaphor. The responsibility is yours though.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being a good read for adults too, even though it is a children’s book.

Mr. Messy

Mr. Messy I helped by Mr. Neat and Mr. Tidy and they clean him as well as his house into a shining and sparkling one.

Read it For:
It is a lesson for your child to stay neat, clean and tidy and not be messy or keep the room messy.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t want to burden your kid’s childhood with all these heavy lessons that can wait.
What makes this book stand out?:
Ending on an independent note as Mr. Messy refuses to stay neat and clean and tidy and starts being messy again.

Mr. Snow

Mr. Snow is nothing but an ordinary snowman with stick arms and buttons until Father Christmas needs his help and decides to bring him to life.

Read it For:
To teach your child to be devoted and dedicated to whatever they do.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t want your child to learn about unrealistic fairytale-ish things like a living snowman.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being a good lesson for your young one.

Mr. Sneeze

Sneeze is from Shivertown, Coldland where everyone, including him, has red noses from the cold and sneezing. It is only after the wizard friend of Mr. Sneeze and warms up the place that everyone is healed from it and gets normal noses.

Read it For:
It will teach your children to stay protected against cold and other diseases at all costs
Don't Read it For:
If you want them to enjoy the winter snow without all such worries.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being a very heartwarming and adorable tale, even though the theme of the story is cold.

Little Miss Bossy

Little Miss Bossy bosses around everyone, tell Mr. Noisy to shut up, Mr. Happy to not smile and Mr. Nosey to mind his own business. She only learns her lesson when a pair of boots does not listen to her, as done by Wilfred the Wizard.

Read it For:
Read it to your child to teach them to be polite and let everyone take their own decisions.
Don't Read it For:
If you feel like tagging someone ‘bossy’ is undermining their actions and not a lesson you want to teach your child.
What makes this book stand out?:
Bringing together many other characters from the rest of the series.

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