Mr. Men is a series of 45 (only 43 published in English) children's books by Roger Hargreaves started in 1971. Little Miss was an accompanying series of 39 (only 30 published in English) books by the same author with female characters that started in 1981. After Hargreaves' death in 1988, his son, Adam Hargreaves, began writing and illustrating new stories involving the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters, including the creation of ten new characters, four of which were inspired by work Roger Hargreaves had produced before his death.
In 2001, a competition was held in the Sunday Times for children to submit their own Mr. Men character, which was to be published in a limited edition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series. Mr. Cheeky by 8 year-old Gemma Almond was the winner, and her creation was then published and sold only in branches of W H Smith, with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity for children's leukemia.
In 2006, to celebrate 35 years of Mr. Men (and 25 years of Little Miss) Mr. Birthday and Little Miss Birthday were published. There was also an art exhibition at [The Art Animation Gallery] in Central London, and in October 2006, Adam Hargreaves created the first Little Miss character based on a real person; 'Little Miss Stella', based on Stella McCartney, appeared in a limited edition of 1000 books produced as fashion show invitations.
The Mr. Men characters have been adapted into four animated television series. The first was produced in 1975, by Terry Ward's company Flicks Films formerly known as 101 Film Productions, with the voices and the narration provided by Arthur Lowe (better known for his role as Captain Mainwaring in the sitcom Dad's Army). During 1983, a second series by Flicks Films featured the Little Miss characters, and was narrated by John Alderton and Pauline Collins. The third series, Mr. Men and Little Miss, was produced in 1995 and aired on TV from 1995 to 1997 and was narrated by Geoffrey Palmer.
In 2006 Renegade Animation produced The Mr. Men Show, a new animated series which debuted on Channel Five's Milkshake! (UK) and Cartoon Network in February 2008. There would only be 25 characters featured in the first season, and most have been given a change of appearance on one form or another (Mr. Nosey, now called Mr. Nosy, is a big example; as well as Mr. Lazy). Some of the names have changed as well, an example being Mr. Fussy is changed to Mr. Per(s)nickety. The Mr. Men Show is directed by Mark Risley and written and produced by Eryk Casemiro and Kate Boutilier, the creative team from Nickelodeon's Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys and As Told by Ginger. The opening and closing narration is voiced by well known actor Simon Callow in the UK version. In the US version, the narrator is voiced by Joseph J. Terry, who also does the voice of Mr. Persnickety, Mr. Rude and Mr. Scatterbrain.
|#||Character name/book title||First published||ISBN|
|Mr. Tickle's story begins with him in bed and making himself breakfast without getting up because of his "extraordinarily long arms". He then decides that it is a tickling sort of day and so goes around town tickling people - a teacher, a policeman, a greengrocer, a station guard, a doctor, a butcher and a postman. The book ends with a warning that Mr. Tickle could be lurking around your doorway, waiting to tickle you.|
|One day, while exploring a gigantic room, Mr Greedy was caught by a giant and the giant forced him to eat all of the dinner on his plate. He appears in the book of the same name as well as several other books, including Little Miss Chatterbox and Little Miss Contrary.|
|Mr Happy has quite a simplistic story, as do most of the other characters. It involved him discovering Mr. Miserable and teaching him, bit by bit, to be happy. Mr. Miserable is the exact spitting image of Mr Happy, except for the fact he frowned rather than smiled. He did not have a book of his own.|
|Mr Nosey cannot help but to poke his nose into other people's business which the people of Tiddletown do not like one bit. They attempted to stop him by hurting his long nose, and after the plan worked, Mr Nosey stopped being nosey and became good friends with everybody in Tiddletown. He appears in the stories of Little Miss Bossy and Little Miss Scatterbrain, among others.|
|Mr. Sneeze lives in Shivertown the capital of Cold Land and he always has a cold.|
He went on a journey to cure himself, where he encountered sunshine and magic in equal proportions.
His poor red nose often needs a good blow, and he is never without his trusty hanky. But his sneezing ends up saving the day.
|Poor Mr. Bump - he’s always covered in bandages. He just can’t avoid bumping into things.|
His accident-prone nature has cost him many jobs; but his luck changes when Mr. Barley the farmer employs him to work in his apple orchard. Now our bumping beauty spends his time wandering around the orchard, and knocking all the apples off the trees.
|The story of Mr. Snow, the snowman is a heart-warming Yuletide tale of an over busy Father Christmas who choosing Mr Snow to help him deliver presents to the children.|
|Mr. Neat and Mr. Tidy turned Mr. Messy’s life around and made him neat and tidy!|
The two men “brushed, swept, polished and scrubbed” his house until it sparkled. And after they’d turned their attention to Mr. Messy, and bathed him, he looked in the mirror and remarked: “I’m going to have to change my name!”
|muddled very is Turvy-Topsy Mr|
His whole backwards life is; and his jumbled come out words. He comes to hotel in a stay, where he chaos causes town in the.
Going nightmare is a shopping for hapless shopkeepers; and street down the walking is very drivers for hazardous.
|As a resident of Nonsenseland, Mr. Silly was plain silly with his idea for the Nonsense Cup by painting the red leaves of the tree in the City Square green awarded him not only the coveted trophy, but also the silly respect of the King.|
|Mr Uppity is probably the most stuck-up, snootiest, richest, most rude man in the whole world. And so it follows that he is not very popular.|
Thankfully our little friends the goblins take an interest in Mr Uppity, and use their magic powers to frighten him into behaving like a decent person.
|He’s as cute as ickle pickle, and probably just as tasty.|
Mr. Small is, unsurprisingly, the smallest of the Mr. Men. He lives in a house underneath a daisy, at the bottom of Mr. Robinson’s garden. His tiny size is an occupational hazard, as he soon finds out when he falls into sweet jars, mustard pots and match boxes. But he finds eternal happiness and fame when a man decides to write a book all about his adventures.
|Mr Daydream brightens up any boring day by whisking away an adventure as he daydream.|
|Mr Forgetful keeps forgetting everything. He can't remember a thing.|
|15||Mr. Jelly (Also published as Mr. Nervous)||1976|
|Mr Jelly is scared of everything - even his own shadow! He is famous for blowing things out of all proportions, and being absolutely terrified by the slightest noise.|
|Mr. Noisy slammed doors and clumped down the hill; and even when he was asleep, his snore could be mistaken for a herd of elephants. He changed his ways when the residents pretended they couldn’t hear him. Eventually Mr. Noisy got so fed up of not being heard, he succumbed to their plan and began to whisper.|
|Mr Lazy lies in bed most of day. He only wakes up to yawn! But when he does get out of bed, he falls asleep in the garden!|
However boring his life sounds, it soon becomes exciting when Mr Busy and Mr Bustle come to visit him. They've got all sorts of things for Mr Lazy to do, but he is never too keen to be getting on with them, not when there's sleeping to be getting on with!
|Mr. Funny is similar to Mr Happy. He drives about in his little shoe car making people laugh.|
He performed his unique act of amusing magic at the zoo, which was closed due to all the animals having colds. Good old Mr. Funny pulled funny faces at the elephant, the lion, the bear, and the giraffe, and left them in fits of giggles.
|19||Mr. Mean (also published as Mr. Stingy)||1976|
|Mr Mean lived on his own, doesn't have any friends, and a wizard is always checking up on him.|
|Mr. Chatterbox brings about his own downfall when he decides to buy a new hat. Mr. Bowler sells our talkative hero a beautiful red hat, which just happens to be magic. The more Mr. Chatterbox talks, the more the hat grows! Superb!|
|Mr Fussy is so fussy that he'll polish you, scrub you, straighten you, clean you, mend you, dust you, iron you, tidy you up, and throw you away.|
|Looking rather like Mr. Happy with a hat, Mr. Bounce is the Mr. Man who can’t sit still. Luckily, the superbly named Dr. Makeyouwell gives him a pair of tiny red boots. But being Mr. Man land, they aren’t ordinary boots. These boots are extremely heavy, and keep Mr. Bounce’s feet firmly on the ground. But the best thing about Mr. Bounce is the noise he makes when he hits the ground.|
|Poor muddled Mr. Muddle. He can’t do anything right.|
He’s only too happy to lend a hand, but instead, usually ends up making the situation worse. Ask him to push and he’ll pull. Ask him to pick something up, and he’ll put it down.
But the clever people of Seatown realised that the way to get him to do the right thing, is to ask him to do the opposite.
|Poor Mr. Dizzy is the laughing stock of Cleverland.|
He’s not very bright; and all his neighbours delight in making him look stupid. When Mr. Dizzy drinks the water from the wishing well, he magically becomes intelligent; and is able to outwit the pig and the elephant who had both made him look silly earlier.
And it just goes to prove that if clever people can be confused by nice but dim Mr. Dizzy, then they should do it.
|Mr Impossible is able to read backwards, upside down, hanging from the light shade whilst juggling with eggs.|
|Mr Strong is so strong that you can barely believe it. He is the nearest thing to a super hero in Mr Man land. He gets all his strength from eating hundred of eggs!|
His strength sometimes gets him in trouble, and he regularly breaks everything he touches by accident. But sometimes it helps save the day, especially if there is something really heavy that needs carrying.
|Mr. Grumpy is grumpy & he stamps on Mr Happy's foot, but he never apologised to Mr. Happy...|
|The story of Mr Clumsy is a catalogue of disaster!|
Everything he touches, breaks or ends up where it shouldn't. Everywhere he goes, chaos erupts.
|Mr Quiet lives in LOUD LAND, not a place suitable for him.|
No one can hear him, and everything scares him there. Luckily for him, Mr Happy comes to the rescue, and finds him a far more suitable life and job.
|Mr Rush is the fastest person in the world, and he shows it by always being in a hurry.|
The trouble is that he goes so fast that he doesn't get anything done properly, that is until he gets his ideal job... A Postman!
|Mr. Tall is one of the luckiest Mr. Men.|
It takes him just four minutes to walk 40 miles; he can step over trees; and he can dangle his feet in the sea whilst sitting on the edge of a cliff. But Mr. Tall is gloomy about his long legs.
Luckily, Mr. Tickle, Mr. Nosey and Mr. Greedy are on hand to tell him that over proportioned body parts can be a benefit.
|Mr Worry practically worries on anything & everything.|
|Mr. Nonsense sleeps in a rowing boat, in his house, which is up a tree.|
Being the best friend of Mr. Silly, and living in Nonsenseland, he certainly lives up to his name.
When it snows (yellow snow, of course), the two of them go tobogganning in their makeshift toboggan - Mr. Nonsense’s bed boat!
And somehow he manages to make square snow balls!
|Mr Wrong hasn't got a clue what he is doing, and he never gets anything right.|
Everything about his life is a shambles until he meets Mr Right, someone who looks just like Mr Wrong, but is exactly his opposite.
Mr Right is determined to turn his new friend into someone right, but then everything goes terribly wrong!
|Mr. Skinny lives in Fatland; a place 100 miles from Mr. Greedy's house. Their lifestyles are just as wide apart.|
Mr. Greedy eats anything and everything in abundance; whilst Mr. Skinny survives on one cornflake, a baked bean and the world's smallest sausage.
|“Oh mischief, glorious mischief … I do so love it!” he cries, as he claims another victim.|
Mr. Happy, Mr. Greedy, and Mr. Funny all fall prey to Mr. Mischief and his tricks. Until, that is, he meets a wizard. As Mr. Mischief tries to swap his magic wand for a piece of wood, the wizard grabs him by the nose, and warns him he won’t get away with his tricks again. As the mischievous man goes home, all the pranks he played on the others are repeated on him, and he learns his lesson.
But not for long … as Mr. Fussy finds out to his cost.
|Mr. Clever is the self-acclaimed Cleverest Person In The World!|
Not only that, but he has some fantastic gadgets, such as his alarm clock that makes tea; and his toothbrush that squeezes out the toothpaste for him. How clever!
But Mr. Clever is also very smug. He believes that no one can get the better of him, because of his superior intelligence. But of course, many do … and Mr. Happy is one of them.
|It takes Mr. Busy just seconds to do something that would take us half an hour. He is always on the go, and expects others to keep up with him. Which, of course, they can't.|
Mr. Busy lives next door to Mr. Slow, which must make life unbearable for both of them.
|Mr Slow is slow at anything & everything.|
|Mr Brave is scared of nothing... except for two things.|
He's very useful to have around when any of the other Mr Men are in trouble.
Except when it involves heights or getting the wrong side of Little Miss Bossy!
|"Bah!" says Mr. Grumble.|
He hates laughing; he hates singing; he hates people who pretend to be clowns. And he hates being turned into a pig; which is exactly what happens whenever he grumbles.
Luckily the wizard's spell works it's magic, and Mr. Grumble stops his moaning in order to stop himself oinking.
|Mr Perfect has no faults, and no problems, and absolutely nothing wrong with him. |
He is perfect.
|Mr. Cheerful was the last Mr. Men to be created, and his story does not contain the usual ‘change for the better’ outcome of the originals. He has a secret which he keeps under his hat.|
When Little Miss Splendid demands he take his hat off when greeting a lady. In doing so, he reveals that he has only three hairs on the top of his head. Little Miss Splendid reminds him it is not his hair, but his large smile that people love him for. As the final sentence in the final book reads …
“Hats off to Mr. Cheerful!”
|45||Mr. Rude Mr Happy makes Mr Rude Nice.||2003|
|#||Character Name/Book Title||First Published||ISBN|
|1||Little Miss Bossy||1981|
|2||Little Miss Naughty||1981|
|3||Little Miss Neat||1981|
|Willing to take a break from her never-ending cleaning battle,Little Miss Neat takes a vacation.|
But she gets a shocking discovery when Mr. Muddle messes up her clean house.
|4||Little Miss Sunshine||1981|
|Little Miss Sunshine turns Miseryland into Laughterland. She appears in the story of Little Miss Bad as well as some of the episodes in Mr. Men and Little Miss.|
|5||Little Miss Tiny||1981|
|6||Little Miss Trouble||1981|
|Little Miss Trouble is a bundle of lies!|
She tricks Mr.Uppity, and Mr. Clever into putting the hurt of Mr.Small.
But Little Miss Trouble gets her just desserts when Mr.Smalls gives her a taste of her own medicine.
|7||Little Miss Giggles||1984|
|8||Little Miss Helpful||1981|
|9||Little Miss Magic||1981|
|Little Miss Magic can go powerful magic just by pointing a finger and saying words!|
She tries to put her powers to use when Mr. Tickle goes on a tickling rampage by shrinking his arms!
But somebody doesn't like this change, and that is Mr. Tickle.
|10||Little Miss Shy||1981|
|Little Miss Shy is so shy she can't leave the house.|
Until Mr. Funny invites her to a birthday party!
|11||Little Miss Splendid||1981|
|12||Little Miss Twins||1984|
|Little Miss Twins live in Twoland, and do thing twice.|
|13||Little Miss Chatterbox||1984|
|Little Miss Chatterbox will talk on and on and on like Mr. Chatterbox.|
She tries to work at a bank, a restaurant, in a hat store and a secretary to Mr. Uppity, but she gets fired the next day!
She ends up as a time teller. She tells time every second.
|14||Little Miss Dotty (also published as Little Miss Ditzy)||1984|
|15||Little Miss Late||1981|
|16||Little Miss Lucky||1984|
|Despite her name,Little Miss Lucky has a bad day,with powerful winds and walking trees!|
But things are not always what they seem,which may show why Little Miss Lucky is called Little Miss Lucky.
|17||Little Miss Scatterbrain||1981|
|18||Little Miss Star||1984|
|19||Little Miss Busy||1990|
|20||Little Miss Quick||1990|
|21||Little Miss Wise||1990|
|22||Little Miss Tidy||1990|
|23||Little Miss Greedy (also published as Little Miss Plump)||1981|
|24||Little Miss Fickle||1984|
|Little Miss Fickle can't just make up her mind.|
She lives next door to Miss Neat.
One day, Little Miss Neat can't find Little Miss Fickle. Where can she be?
|25||Little Miss Brainy||1990|
|Little Miss Brainy knows lots of clever things. |
She has to much easy questions so she goes to a place called Cleverland and animals ask her questions and ends up not knowing what a lion could eat.
|26||Little Miss Stubborn||1990|
|Little Miss Stubborn who, after a long journey with many stops in the wrong countries, ended up at Mr. Strong's house and ate a gigantic omelette without permission from him. She also appears in Mr. Men and Little Miss.|
|27||Little Miss Curious||1990|
|Little Miss Curious just wants to know everything.|
|28||Little Miss Fun||1990|
|Little Miss Fun loves to have partys and have fun, all day, everyday.|
|29||Little Miss Contrary||1984|
|Little Miss Contrary is contrary. |
She lives in Muddleland, which is a very confusing place.
One day, Mr. Happy invites her to a birthday party.
|30||Little Miss Somersault||1990|
|Little Miss Somersault is an acrobat.|
It takes her no time at all to get on top of a house.
But will she get scared when she is on top of Mr. Uppity's house?
|31||Little Miss Scary||2003|
|32||Little Miss Bad||2003|
|33||Little Miss Whoops||2003|
|Little Miss Whoops is just like her brother, Mr. Bump.|
Every year, Little Miss Whoops goes to see Mr. Bump.
|Character Name/Book Title||First Published||ISBN|
|Little Miss Jealous||200?|
|Little Miss Christmas||2005|
|Little Miss Birthday||2006|
|Mr. Happy and the Wizard|
|Mr. Happy finds a wizard's spell book and uses spells to make people happier.|
|Mr. Jelly and the Pirates|
|Mr. Jelly is kidnapped by pirates.|
|Mr. Tickle and the Dragon|
|Little Miss Lucky and the Naughty Pixies|
|Little Miss Naughty and the Good Fairy|
|Little Miss Naughty meets the good fairy.|
|Little Miss Splendid and the Princess|
|Little Miss Splendid becomes jealous of a princess.|
|Little Miss Sunshine and the Wicked Witch|
|Little Miss Trouble and the Mermaid|
|Mr. Strong and the Ogre||2 June 2008||ISBN 1-405-23792-9|
|Little Miss Stubborn and the Unicorn||2 June 2008||ISBN 1-405-23791-0|
|Character Name/Book Title||First Published||ISBN|
|Be My Mr. Happy :)||1405203803|
|Be My Little Miss Sunshine|
|Character Name/Book Title||First Published||ISBN|
|What's Going On (By Mr. Nosey)||1985||ISBN 0-7498-0099-2|
|Me And My Tummy (By Mr. Greedy)||1985||ISBN 0-7498-0100-X|
|I Just Can't Help It (By Mr. Tickle)||1985||ISBN 0-7498-0102-6|
|Bump Saturday (By Mr. Bump)||1985||ISBN 0-7498-0101-8|
|Character Name/Book Title||First Published||ISBN|
|Mr. Messy's Guide to Student Life|
|Mr. Tickle's Guide to Women|
|Little Miss Chatterbox's Guide to Gossip|
|Little Miss Naughty's Guide To Love||2 December 2001||ISBN 0-7497-4792-7|
|Little Miss Trouble's Guide to Men|
|Mr. Lazy's Guide to Fitness|
|Mr. Bump's Guide to DIY|
|Mr. Mean's Guide to Management|
|Little Miss Chatterbox's Guide to Text Messages|
|Mr. Greedy's Guide to Food|
Simon Sheridan's book The A to Z of Classic Children's Television (Reynolds & Hearn books, 2004, reprinted 2007) ISBN 1-903111-27-7 contains a chapter on the Mr. Men