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== The New Library ==
The Mr Men and Little Miss classic library's played a big part in my reading as a child and I was on all counts a huge Mr Men fan. To be perfectly honest I still am a big fan but my enthusiasm for the Mr Men and Little Miss was so much greater in the late 90's than it is now. For that reason it is probably no surprise for you to hear that when in 1998 Roger Hargreaves' son Adam Hargreaves released a new story library that told new stories about existing characters I was more than eager to collect the books.
The original Little Miss and Mr Men library has fully white covers and white spines, their popularity laid in their uniqueness but in order to distinguish the new library from the old one Adam Hargreaves created the covers with a pink (or blue) stripe down the left hand front side and right hand back side. I say pink (or blue) because the Little Miss were pink and the Mr Men blue. 'Were' however is the operative word as when I have seen the books lately all of them have had a blue stripe down them - don't ask me what the reasoning behind this is.
== Book 7 ==
The Little Miss 'new' library consists of 12 stories with the seventh one, the one I am now going to review, being about Little Miss Dotty and subsequently titled Little Miss Dotty has a dotty day out. The front cover of the book has a picture of Little Miss Dotty wearing a broad grin and carrying a bright red paddle. I love the pictures on the front of these fantastic little books because I think that they are really inviting for children due to the smiling characters and the bright colours. When you turn the book over you will find that the back is covered with much smaller pictures of all the other books in the Mr Men and Little Miss new story library's. This is a brilliant feature because it makes it easy to spot which books you haven't already read and therefore which one to go out and purchase next.
== The Plot ==
Little Miss Dotty is probably the dottiest person that you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Take last year for example; Little Miss Dotty carpeted her garden path. As you might imagine Little Miss Dotty lives in Nonsenseland were all the pigs have satellite and wear slippers and it is here that Mr Silly and Mr Nonsense also live.
It is therefore no wonder that whilst out walking one day Little Miss Dotty bumped into both Mr Silly and Mr Nonsense. Mr Silly was carrying a saw and told Little Miss Dotty that they were going to make a seesaw and would she like to join them. After saying yes Little Miss Dotty joined the others in walking to the seaside. There Mr Silly threw the saw in the sea and they all exclaimed how it was the best seesaw they'd ever seen. Their day of adventure however didn't finish here...
== My Opinion ==
This book is a lovely one to read because it is so simple yet it is in this simplicity that the charm of the story is held. All three of the characters involved in the tale are really bright and colourful ones making the book interesting for young children both verbally and visually, which is always a must have for children's books. Furthermore because the text itself is simple the books are perfect for introducing children to slightly more complex reading, whilst keeping them entertained at the same time.
This story is a brilliant addition to the collection and one that I would definitely recommend. The book takes no more than ten minutes to read through making it perfect for bedtime and is bright and entertaining for children too. The book retails at £2.99 but can be found for less if you shop around.
Book Series: Little Miss Library