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Little Miss Library: Little Miss Helpful and the Green House - Roger Hargreaves

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Roger Hargreaves / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 1998-06-04 by Egmont Books Ltd

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      23.08.2009 22:31
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      A predictable but lovely story for children

      == The New Library == Mr Men and Little Miss played a big part in my childhood. My mum purchased the original libraries for me book-by-book, week by week and I adored every single one of them. I was for all intents and purposes a massive Mr Men and Little Miss fan. I had everything it was possible to own with the Mr Men on and my dad even painstakingly spent one summer painting Mr Men characters onto my bedroom walls. My fandom to be honest has never really dwindled but in the late 90's it was at it's peek and that was when in 1998 Roger Hargreaves' son Adam Hargreaves released a new story library that told new stories about existing characters. As you can imagine I was more than eager to collect the books and for the next few weeks used to drag my dad into town every weekend so I could buy a new one with my pocket money. 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 8 == The Little Miss 'new' library consists of 12 stories with the eighth one, the one I am now going to review, being about Little Miss Helpful and subsequently titled Little Miss Helpful and the green house. The front cover of the book has a picture of Little Miss Helpful smiling broadly and holding a wide paintbrush dripping with green paint. Next to her is the green paint tin and you may already have guessed from this how the story will go. 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 == You'd think with a name like Little Miss Helpful that Little Miss Helpful would but helpful but if you thought this you'd be wrong. She wanted to help people more than anything but often ended up simply being unhelpful. About a week ago Little Miss Helpful was sat behind Mr Happy and Mr Slow on the bus. In a very slow conversation Mr Slow told Mr Happy that he would like a greenhouse but never had the time to do anything. Being Little Miss Helpful she decided to help. Getting off the bus Little Miss Helpful went to Mr Nail's hardware store and bought all the green paint he had and then had Mr Nail deliver it to Mr Slow's house. You can probably guess what Little Miss Helpful was going to next and what you think she'll do might just be right this time... == 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. The pictures within the book are brilliant for young children as they are exceptionally bright, colourful and cheerful, which is always engaging for youngsters. 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.

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