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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.
The Little Miss 'new' library consists of 12 stories with the twelfth one, the one I am now going to review, being about Little Miss Tiny and subsequently titles Little Miss Tiny just the right size. The front cover of the book has a lovely picture of the very small Little Miss tiny sat on top of a bright and colourful alphabet block. The back of the book then has smaller pictures of all the 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.
Little Miss Tiny is a very small person as you might imagine and therefore everything in Little Miss Tiny's world is huge. She is so small in fact that she lives in a mousehole in the dining-room of Home Farm. One day when the family were out Little Miss Tiny decided to go exploring upstairs for the first time and this story tells us what she found.
Climbing up the stairs however is her first obstacle as for someone so small climbing the stairs is like climbing a mountain. First she explored the bathroom and then the nursery before climbing a huge tower of blocks. It is from this tower that she sees the most wonderful sight of her life...
This is a super little story for children as it is very bright and fun to read. Furthermore the traditional format of text on the left hand side and pictures on the right hand side makes sure that there is always something to engage the attention of small children. The pictures themselves are very bright and colourful and can be used to discus the story rather than simply compliment it. Furthermore Little Miss Tiny is a really loveable character that I'm sire a lot of children can identify with at some point.
Personally I think this book is perfect and fits seamlessly in with the others in the collection. It tells another great story about a very bright character and is one that I know lots of people enjoy reading. If you yourself have never read the stories from the new library but loved those in the original one then this book is definitely a must have tale.