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As a mother of two daughters - 5 years old and almost 2 years old - we have a house full to bursting point with books! Most of them get passed down from my eldest to my youngest, but some are enjoyed by them both equally. The Mr Men and Little Miss Collection by Roger Hargreaves is one of these. One of my eldest daughter's absolute favourites in the collection is Little Miss Chatterbox! The story revolves around a pink Little Miss with blonde bunches. She is a VERY talkative soul who sets out to find a job. The story follows her on her various travels to find gainful employment - in a hat shop, in a bank, in a restaurant etc. However with each position she chats more than she works and is ultimately given her marching orders. She does find a useful job though as a talking clock operator, which seems to be the perfect profession for someone with such a way with words! The illustrations are bold, bright and colourful and are enjoyed by both my daughters. The book itself is not too long, making it an ideal bedtime story book. There also aren't that many words on a page, which means my eldest can practice her reading skills with it too, with a little help from a parent. These stories really have stood the test of tine, especially in my house!
Having Toby and also working with children for many years I know that they get to a point when they just do not stop talking, you can't seem to get even a few minutes peace. No matter how much they talk, they could never talk as much as Little Miss Chatterbox! Just imagine what it sounded like when she got together with her brother - Mr Chatterbox, you wouldn't get a word in edgeways, sideways, or anyways!! This small paperback book is the 13th book in the Little Miss Collection, and is all about the time Little Miss Catterbox tried to get herself a job. She started off in a bank, and was serving Mr Happy, he said good morning to her, which was not a good move as she started talking and didn't stop until it was time for the bank to close. She didn't work there again, the next day she went to work in a restaurant, she went to serve Mr Greedy, when he asked what was the soup of the day, it gave Little Miss Chatterbox the cue to start talking again and didn't stop until midnight. Mr Greedy went home feeling very hungry! Further episodes happened at other jobs, which prevented Little Miss Splendid from buying a new hat and Mr Uppity from making any money at his office the day she worked as a secretary. You get the feeling that Little Miss Chatterbox will find the ideal job by the end of the story and you will feel right, when reading this for the first time I couldn't think which job would suit her best, but the speaking clock is the best job for Little Miss Chatterbox is a great job, she can talk non stop and people can put the phone down on her when they have heard enough. This is a lovely story which I enjoyed reading to Toby, even if some of it became a tongue twister at times. Some sentences have been written with no gaps between words and no punctuation, this is good as it allows the child/ren listening an impression of what Little Miss Chatterbox could be like. It is also a great story to ask questions on, for example what job do they think Little Miss Chatterbox could do? What happens in a bank? etc. they are also planty of new areas of discussion, like what the speaking clock is and what meals would you like to eat if you were Mr Greedy. Toby loves this story, he often laughs at me trying to read it, and he points out things that are going on in the bright and bold illustrations. This book takes about 5 minutes to read and is a great bedtime story for any little one.
As a huge fan of the Mr Men and Little Miss series as a child myself, I am now thrilled to be able to still share these classics with my 2 year old daughter. Following on from the success we had with her and Little Miss Sunshine, we decided to try her with a book more fitting to her own character... Little Miss Chatterbox. I am delighted to say that she now takes this book to bed with her every night as well as Sunshine. Roger Hargreaves really has got it nailed when it comes to writing books for children and this whole series is beautifully created and put together. Little Miss Chatterbox, like all the others, tries to be entertaining to the child and educational too. This book centres around a girl who cannot stop talking and this lands her in employment trouble for a while before finding something that her special qualities would suit. It just goes to show that there is something out there for everyone, no matter what your character and habits. Little Miss Chatterbox tries to hold down a few jobs but just can't because of her in-ability to stop talking. This leads to the sack in positions like Bank Clerk, Waitress and Sales Assistant. Her perfect job however is just around the corner. The length it takes to read the whole book is around 3 minutes for me and 10 minutes for her which I think is just about right, especially if used, as we do, as a bed time story. The font size and artistic style is very big, bold and clear at all times. I really like how Roger clarifies who is saying what after every sentence. This seems odd to us dults but is very useful for the child. I can't wait to introduce her to a few more of the Little Miss' and Mr Men if this book is anything to go by. Maybe she will see a bit of her father in Mr Grumpy.
Little Miss Magic is the 13th Little Miss book. Roger Hargreaves created the Mr Men in 1971. Ten years later, he created the Little Misses as well, off the back of the success of the Mr Men. They are lovely books, which I enjoyed when I was a kid. My son prefers the Mr Men books as he can relate to them more being a male, but they're still very good. Little Miss Chatterbox is dome-shaped and a bright but deep pink. She has yellow hair, and boy, can she talk! In the story, she just can't stop talking, and the problem is that because of this, she can't hold down a job for very long at all. Will she finally find a job suited to her, and what will it be? This book sends out the message to kids that it doesn't matter who you are or how you can be, and that there is a job for everyone, you just have to find the right one. The illustrations are very colourful and vibrant and are on the right hand pages in the book, and the writing is on the left hand pages. This is in keeping with the layout of the Mr Men books. The Little Miss books retail for £2.50 each, but amazon.co.uk are currently selling them for £2.25. I recommend the Little Miss books as well as the Mr Men books.
The Little Miss series were a success from the moment they were published and remain firm children's favourites today. The Little Miss series contains 33 books. The first 30 books were written by the series' creator Roger Hargreaves and the final three by his son Adam. Little Miss Whoops in number 13 in the series and is another Little Miss name that my parents have taken to calling me over the years. The front cover of the book is like all the others in the Little Miss series as well as those in the Mr Men series. It is white with the characters name 'Little Miss Chatterbox' written in bold black capitals along the top. Below this is a picture of Little Miss Chatterbox herself. She is sort of half moon in shape and a bold pink in colour. She has bright yellow hair and wears a pair of blue and white trainers. She also has a very big mouth. On the reverse of this book are much smaller pictures of all the other characters in the Little Miss Series with their respective names and numbers underneath them. In my opinion this is a really good feature because it enables the reader to easily keep track of which books they have read and which ones they would like to read next. ***THE STORY*** Little Miss Chatterbox talked more than lot. In fancy he never stopped, as she even talked in her sleep. One day Little Miss Chatterbox decided to get herself a job. She managed this easily and took up her post in a bank. Now one Monday morning Mr Happy went to the bank to cash a cheque and guess who was at the counter. Yes you guessed it, Little Miss Chatterbox. Unfortunately for Mr Happy, Little Miss Chatterbox spoke so much that the bank had closed before he could cash his cheque. Needless to say Little Miss Chatterbox was fired. The rest of the book then focuses on Little Miss Chatterbox's quest to find the perfect job. But is there such a thing as a prefect job for a chatterbox like Little Miss Chatterbox and if so what will it be? ****MY THOUGHTS**** In my opinion this book is a fantastic addition to the Little Miss library. It is relatively humorous and so easily keeps children entertained. Furthermore the book isn't too long and so can be read within 5 minutes making it perfect for bedtime. Each double page spread within the book contains writing on the left hand side and bright, colourful and often amusing pictures on the right hand side. The frequent pictures allow really young children to not only listen to the story but also to follow the story through the wonderfully illustrations and because this story contains other characters from both the Mr Men and Little Miss series young children will have fun spotting them in the pictures. I would definitely recommend Little Miss Chatterbox to anyone who has read other Little miss/Mr Men books or to those who are just starting out on the Mr Men train of discovery. Just trust me when I say that once you board you won't be getting off for a long while.
This fun collection of books are perfect for helping your child to read and understand what they are reading, they are very simple books full of fun and excitement for the little ones, this could easily become a favourite. Little Miss Chatterbox has a friendly appearance, she is sort of a bright pink square with a round top covered in yellow hair and as you all would imagine a big mouth. Little Miss Chatter box obviously doesn't stop talking ever, the book starts describing a bit about her, it for example says that she even talks in her sleep. One day she wants to get a job which will probably be hard for someone who talks as much as her... The price of this book on Amazon is £1.99 which is a bargain and can create fun reading time for you and your child. It has nice pictures that children always enjoy, and they can find this a great story for bedtime or anytime. In conclusion I personally think that this book is great for kids up to 8 years old and reading is certainly better than watching TV all day, so this is a good way to get your child to know that reading can also be fun.
Little Miss Chatterbox is number 13 in the collection. She is a semicircle shape and is pink in colour. She has yellow hair and wears blue and white shoes. The book has a white cover which has a picture of her on the front with the title above it in black letters. The back of the book has smaller pictures of the other characters available in the collection. THE STORY The book begins by telling us a bit about Little Miss Chatterbox about how she talked a lot, in fact she talked all the time even when she was asleep. It goes on to tell us that she has a brother, Mr Chatterbox who also talked all the time. When they are together you cant get a word in edge ways. One day Little Miss Chatterbox decided she wanted to get a job. She found herself working in the bank. Will little Miss Chatterbox be able to find a job or will she carry on talking all day? MY OPINION I was a bit shocked when my 3 year old little man asked for this book as he was given the choice of loads of the Mr Men ones but I decided to let him have it! The story is very easy to follow and is very fun. I found that from reading it they did actually learn things. The book tells how she could talk the hind legs off a donkey and I found my boys were asking what it meant, I explained it to them and they have actually remembered and learnt something. The book is laid out in the usual way as the Mr Men collection with the text on the left hand side of the page and the illustrations on the right hand side The story is accompanied by nice bright illustrations which help to keep the boys involved. The story is a nice length so this is ideal for a bedtime read or for if you are short on time. INFO The book was written by Roger Hargreaves and published by Egmont Limited. The retail price for this is £1.99 but they can be found cheaper in small book shops and they are available for £1.49 in Wilkinson's. There are a total of 33 characters in the Little Miss collection each having their own story book. For any more information on this or any book in the Little Miss or Mr Man collection then please visit www.mrmen.com