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~ About the books ~
The Little Miss and Mr Men books are created by Roger Hargreaves who was inspired to start this wonderful collection of books when a six year old boy of his father asked 'What does a tickle look like'? This is when the first Mr Men book was created which was Mr Tickle. In 1971 6 other Mr Men books were published which included Mr Greedy, Mr Nosey, My Happy, My Bump and Mr Sneeze. The small, white square books were a great success and became very popular and were later produced into a television series. Since the 1980's many more characters have been added to the collection and also a Little Miss collection was added as well. I remember these books from when I was a child and me and my sister had most of the Mr Men and the Little Miss Books which we used to enjoy reading. We both had our favourite books and characters from the range. In 2011, the characters celebrated their 40th anniversary and they still remain popular today. Over the past few years lots of new characters have been added to the range and new books have also been introduced as well. When I was younger the books only cost very little, how-ever the price of the books have no risen and although they aren't as cheap as they used to be they are still of reasonable price.
~ Price/Availability ~
You can purchase the Mr Men and Little Miss books from bookshops such as Waterstones and WHSmiths, as well as Amazon and eBay. You can buy the books singly or as a set known as the Mr Men and Little Miss Library. I often find these books in charity shops and they only charge about 40p-60p for one of these books which is great value. As I am reviewing the Little Miss Sunshine Book I will quote the prices for this particular book. Little Miss Sunshine can be purchased from amazon new for £2.00 or you can buy a used book from as little as 1p which is brilliant. You can purchase this book from Waterstones for £2.50 which is if course new condition.
~ The Book ~
The book itself is a small square book which is paperback. The book is white in colour and has a picture of the character on the front of the book. On the front is black bold letters it states what the book is called, in this case 'Little Miss Sunshine'. I always used to enjoy looking at the back of the book where there are small pictures of all the Little Miss characters. They have their names written underneath them and this can help you determine which ones you have already got and which ones you need to add to your collection. When you open the book, inside the cover is some information about where and when the book was printed. It also states that there are 30 Little Miss books to collect; how-ever I think there is more than this now. The book pages are made from quite thick paper so are easy for younger children to grip and turn. The pages are bright and colourful and although the drawings inside are quite basic and simple they look good and my nephew always enjoys looking at the pictures and pointing things out in them.
~ The Character/Story ~
The book is focused on one main character which is Little Miss Sunshine. Little Miss Sunshine is bright, happy character and is yellow in colour and has hair tied in pig tails with a red ribbon. Little Miss Sunshine is coming back from her holiday when she comes across a place where everyone and everyone is miserable. As Little Miss Sunshine is a happy character full of smile and sunshine she decides to visit this place to see if she can make everyone happy. In the story she meets a miserable king whom is sad and is crying. Little Miss Sunshine takes the king out of the castle to show him something which is a sign stating that no laughing, smiling or giggling is allowed. Little Miss Sunshine changes the sign to say that all of these things are allowed and that the place is now called Laughter land instead of Misery land T king reads the sign and starts to smile and then chuckle and then he laughs lots. Little Miss Sunshine left the once Misery land and drove all the way home with a smile on her face.
This is and has always been one of my favourite Little Miss characters, not because I like the way the character looks but because I like this story as well. My nephew also likes this story and often asks me to read it to him twice. A smile always creeps across my nephews face when I reach the end of the story and he too smiles and laughs and little laugh just like the king did in the story. This is a fun story for younger children and I recommend adding this book to your collection, if you haven't already got it.
(review also on ciao)
Roger Hargreaves has been writing the Mr Men books since 1971. When they were first published they cost just 20p each and today they are priced at £1.50. I still think this is a great price for a childrens book as they are fun stories but not too expensive and this enables you to collect all the different characters. In 1981 Roger published 42 Little Miss books with females as the main characters. Little Miss Sunshine is one of these characters. She was the fourth Little MIss Book, released on September 1st 1981.
Little Miss Sunshine is a ray of light in an otherwise dark miserable town. The King of Miseryland has forbidden smiling, laughing, chuckling and giggling. The trouble is, Little Miss Sunshine loves to do all these things. She is such a happy little character. She is a big round yellow characters with plaits in her hair and a big smile on her face all the time. She makes a trip to Miseryland and doesn't like what she sees. The worms cry, the birds cry, even the king cries all day long.
Little Miss Sunshine runs into a soldier and unfortunately he arrests her for a very serious crime....., smiling!! The King is outraged but Little Miss Sunshine shows him how he can be happy. She changes the name of Miseryland to Laughterland and slowly the Kind realises he can smile, laugh, chuckle and giggle and declares himself the King of Laughterland!!
This book is wonderful and cute and has really good illustrations. I think all the little Miss and Mr characters are always very well drawn and really take on the character they are portraying. It is a paperback book and small so it's great for little hands to flick through. As it is so small it is really easy to collect all the other books because they don't take up much space. The ISBN number is 0-7498-3856-6
Last night we continued with the Little Miss stories for Toby at bedtime, and this recent one was about Little Miss Sunshine.
Little Miss Sunshine goes on holiday and as she drives back home in her car she comes across a signpost 'To Miseryland' as she thought that she had never heard of that name before, she took the turning and headed down the road. She came across another sign saying 'You are now entering Miseryland' underneath it it said, Smiling, Laughing, Chuckling, Giggling Forbidden By order of the King.
As she entered the land she got arrested for smiling and was taken to the King, The King was crying when she got there, she smiled and the King stopped, while she was trying to find out why all the happy things were not allowed she laughed and chuckled and found that no one has ever been allowed to be happy as this was Miseryland!
The King wanted to be happy, so Little Miss Sunshine took him out to her car and drove him back to the sign, she wrote on it and changed a couple of the words; now all is 'permitted' by the Kingand Miseryland has been changed to 'Laughterland.'
Little Miss Sunshine even taught the King how to smile and laugh!
I love this book and I think Toby loves it too, It's a great story for helping children to express feelings. Toby points out in the pictures whether the characters corners go up or down which makes them sad or happy, today he even asked his Dad and I if our corners were up or down, even if they were going down, you can't help but smile at the way he said it.
There is loads of repetition in the story and will help with a child's language, recognising letters and eventually words themselves. It only takes about 5 minutes to read (slightly longer if you discuss the pictures) and is an ideal length to read at bedtime.
It's great to have the whole collection, but if you only want one or two, then this would be a lovely book to add to any child's bookshelf.
Little Miss Sunshine is every bit as appealing to kids as it was when I was that age. The Mr Men and Little Miss series of books by Roger Hargreaves just seems to bring a warm smile to my face whenever I think about it and now it is doing the same for my 2 year old daughter. This book has been such a hit with her that she actually won't go to bed without it now. Luckily I enjoy reading it to her more than any book out there as it brings some perspective to life.
Little Miss Sunshine is aimed at reminding the child, but also the reader, that it is OK to smile, be happy and laugh. Qualities often forgotten about in adult life. The story begins with a look at Miseryland and how the nature and inhabitants in Miseryland are constantly crying and are banned from smiling or laughing by the King of Miseryland.
This is all until the day Little Miss Sunshine turns up. All is not well for Sunshine in the beginning though as she is arrested for quizzing the Palace guard as to why the road sign says that all forms of laughing, smiling and such like are banned by order of the King. The formal reason for the guard arresting her is that she smiled at him.
The guard then marches Little Miss Sunshine through endless corridors and doors until she is presented to the King for this most serious of crimes. After much discussion with his majesty, Sunshine convinces him that it is OK to smile and laugh, but he still needs proof.
So, she marches the King off through those very same corridors and doors (when you see the page with these corridors and doors on you will see what I mean by lots of them) and drives him out to the very same signpost she quizzed the guard about earlier. It is at this point that she puts her own stamp on the sign and changes it to smiling, laughter and such like "permitted" by order of the King.
The King is overwhelmed by this and, with the help of Sunshine again, he learns how to smile, laugh and outrageously chuckle. He is then pronounced the King of Laughterland. There is just enough time in the day for Little Miss Sunshine to tell of her tale to Mr Happy who happens to be passing by which leads to the closing line of "Miseryland? I didn't know there was such a place" said Mr Happy, "actually there isn't" said Little Miss Sunshine.
It is as you are reading the book that you realise how simple life can be as a child and memories come flooding back of when you had the same story read to you. I especially love the amount of "he said's" and "she said's" that follow on from practically every sentence. That is odd to our age group, but crucial to kids.
I will certainly be rushing out to get more in the series if, and that is a big if at the moment, my daughter ever gets bored of this one.
I like children's books that talk about feelings. Feelings are often hard for a toddler to express and yet they are felt every bit as much by toddlers as they are by you and I. When my son persisted in "being sad" I needed something to help him understand a little more about being sad and being happy. Enter Little Miss Sunshine.
The Mr Men and Little Miss series of books by Roger Hargreaves is well known. Whilst many would trumpet them as iconic and the best children's books I fail to share that enthusiasm. Whilst some of the books are ideal for toddlers and pre-schoolers, others seem over complicated. Some teach messages that I like, others seem, to me, to be sending out the wrong message (and don't get me started on the new Mr Men TV show!).
Little Miss Sunshine is, however, one of the better books and ideally suited to younger children. It starts off in the most unlikely fashion. Set in Miseryland the tone is definitely sad but as the story progresses, so does the good cheer and, ultimately, as one might expect, happy triumphs over sad.
What I like about the story is that it facilitates good discussion about emotions. The whole gamut of emotion is up for discussion and the wonderful illustrations serve as a springboard for what can be quite a hard concept for youngsters. There's sufficient repetition in the book to allow children to join in without being able to read. The text is also very easy to "voice" when reading it, thus adding realism to the tale.
Unlike some of the Mr Men/Little Miss books this one is not overly complicated in terms of storyline and it's easy to follow what's going on. Even the trademark final page comment is comprehensible to a 2 ½ year old with a little bit of questioning.
For early readers the text is clearly laid out in an easy font. The language used tends to the simple but every now and again a more unusual word is thrown in. I must confess to changing "forbidden" and "permitted" into "not allowed" and "allowed" when reading the text the first few times but the joy of these books is that they don't over-simplify meaning that junior will learn as he reads/is read to.
I wouldn't be tempted to buy the whole series of Mr Men/Little Miss books but I'd be happy to have this one in my collection (our copy was a library one).
The 'Little Miss' books weren't around when I was a young child in the early seventies, but as I remember the Mr Men books with fondess, (particularly Mr Tickle who, indeed, seems to be the favourite of every right thinking person I've met since), I decided to have a look at the Little Miss books to read with my daughter. I wanted a positive smiley book, with the idea, (or straw clutching!), that it might encourage happy smiley behaviour in my toddler. Thus I chose Little Miss Sunshine.
I was mildly peturbed therefore when the story opened in Miseryland where all the worms and the birds spend their time sobbing their little hearts out and the King of Miseryland is even worse! Of course when Little Miss Sunshine appears on the scene in her jolly little motor things soon take a turn for the better. There is soon smiling, laughing, chuckling and giggling in the Kingdom of Laughterland.
Most people are aware of the Mr Men and Little Miss characters and the style of illustration which is very bright and simple. Little Miss Sunshine is a round, ball-like, yellow character with pigtails, red ribbons and of course a big smile.
This book is possibly a bit old to be fully understood my little one who is only eighteen months, but it is still one she enjoys. She certainly likes all the different laughter sounds that the king and Little Miss Sunshine practise in the book and she copies them too, so perhaps it is encouraging her to be a tiny bit happier, who knows?
Little Miss Fun and Little Miss Giggles are next on our list.
The Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves currently retail at a cover price of £2.50, I got mine from Amazon to make an order up to £15 so I could get free postage, (thanks for the vouchers Dooyoo). Little Miss Sunshine is a paperback, published by Egmont books and has 32 pages.
Little Miss Sunshine is the 4th 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 Sunshine is a round, yellow shape, with a beaming smile and pigtails with red bows on the end. In the story, she is always happy, and then sees a sign for Miseryland. When she gets there, she is arrested for smiling, and the King explains that it is forbidden in Miseryland, although he would love to able to be happy like her. Can Little Miss Sunshine help the King be happy and turn Miseryland into Happyland?
I like this book, as it has a good moral to the story. It teaches us that being miserable is not good and there is no need. It also says that if someone else is miserable we should try and help them be happier. 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.
Re-reading my Mr Men and Little Miss collection for the purpose of giving honest reviews to dooyoo has really reinforced my love for this fantastic collection of books. Obviously I knew before re-reading them that the Mr Men and Little Miss stories would always be my favourite books but I never realised how fantastic they were and never really noticed how much both me and my younger have read these books during our childhood.
Now this alone should be a testimony as to why you should purchase not only the book I am going to review but also all the others in this series written by Roger Hargreaves and his son Adam. If isn't however then read on, as I'm sure that by the end of this review you will be in love with the Mr Men and Little Miss characters as much as me.
The Mr Men series began in 1971 and the Little Miss series in 1981. Within a very short time-period the books were well sought after and now the original collection consists of 76 books, the Little Miss collection making up 33 of these. There is also a new collection, which consists of 24 books, 12 Mr Men and 12 Little Miss. Little Miss Sunshine is number 4 in the original collection and was first published on 1st September 1981.
Little Miss Sunshine tells the story of the day when Little Miss Sunshine driving home from her holiday sees a sign that says, 'To Miseryland' and never having heard of it before takes the road to Miseryland. There she sees a guard on the door but when she smiles at him he arrests her and marches her to see the King. It turns out that because this is Miseryland smiling, giggling and laughing are all forbidden.
The King cannot believe that Little Miss Sunshine is happy and but admits that he would love to be happy and to smile just like her only he can't because he is the King of Miseryland. Will Little Miss Sunshine be able to do anything to help or is Miseryland doomed to be just that forever?
This story is a brilliant book for young children, as it is simple yet not too simplistic and is a joy to both read and listen too. The writing is large enough and each page isn't jam-packed with writing for a young and possibly unconfident reader to feel secure enough to tackle the book. In my opinion this book as well as the others in the series are fantastic for children learning to read as they introduce reading as something fun and because the writing isn't oversimplified it won't put off more confident readers.
Furthermore the book is constant throughout with writing on the left hand side and pictures on the right. These pictures themselves are fantastic, as they are fantastically colourful and at times quite amusing. I can certainly see why when I was little I used to love looking at the pictures whilst my mum or dad read the book to me.
The book itself is small, square and white in colour. In the centre of the front cover is a very jolly picture of Little Miss Sunshine, who is a round yellow character with bunches tied back with red ribbons, a broad smile and freckles. Above this picture is her name in block, black capitals and on the back of the book are smaller pictures of all the other characters with their names and numbers written below them so that you can easily keep track of which you have yet to buy and read.
Now if you're not convinced by this point that this book and all the other Mr Men and Little Miss books are for you then I'm really not sure what else to say to you. These books played a large part in my childhood reading as well as that of my brother and I'm sure that it is books like this that ensured my love of reading would remain.
Still not convinced? Well maybe this well help. Little Miss Sunshine along with all her other companion books can be purchased readily from all good bookshops, the majority of supermarkets and online. Its RRP is £1.99 but it can easily be purchased for less if you shop around. So to be fair if you're not totally impressed by this book then it won't have broken the bank. Trust me however when I say that you will not be unimpressed and that your love all things Mr Men and Little Miss will simply continue to grow.
The Mr Men and Little Miss collection are small enough to pop in a bag and carry around with you. I've found it's always a good idea to have something interesting in your bag. Toddlers tend to get bored in shops, restaurants, waiting rooms... well anywhere they're not charging around having fun really!
Little Miss Sunshine is the story of how she visits the most miserable place in the world, Miseryland. In Miseryland the worms are crying, the birds are crying and even the King is crying. Because this is Miseryland, it is the law that smiling, laughing, chuckling and giggling are forbidden. It isn't long before Little Miss Sunshine is arrested for the very serious crime of smiling. However she soon manages to convince the King that all Miseryland needs is a change of law to permit smiling, laughing, chuckling and giggling. She teaches the King how to laugh and smile and he now declares himself the King of Laughterland.
It's a very simply told story, with around forty to fifty words a page. With only sixteen pages of text, this doesn't take very long to read at all. Each page of text has a facing page with a picture on. These are lovely colourful pictures showing worms, birds, cars, soldiers, king, soldier, and Miss Sunshine's big smiley face. For younger children of eighteen months to three, there's a lot to look at and talk about in the pictures. My granddaughters love spotting things they can recognise, counting worms and birds, and talking about the colours. It's great for developing their vocabulary. Older children of three and over will probably sit and listen to the story as well as enjoy the pictures.
Roger Hargreaves stories have a gentle humour to them that I always find funny. And as these stories often have to be read over and over and over, that helps a lot! This is currently on sale at Amazon at £2.50, but it's worth looking out for Little Miss books in supermarkets as you might find them cheaper.