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My daughter and I have recently been reading through a lot of Mr Men books, but this evening I found this one on her bookshelf so we read it before bed. This is one of the more recent additions to the series of books and was written in 2005. The back of the book tells me that this is one of the Mr Men and Little Miss books "with added sparkle"!
At the time of writing, this book is available on amazon for £2.69.
Both my little girl and I like the cover of this book as it features that most magical of things - glitter! Little Miss Trouble herself is in the middle of the page, looking a bit perturbed if I am honest, and all around her are little glittery fish and a mermaid's tail. It's a nice cover that I suspect may appeal to lots of little girls who like shiny things!
A tall tale
Opening this up, the first thing I noticed was that this seems to be a little longer than the Mr Men books we have recently been reading - there seemed to be a lot more words on the page,which makes me think these may be aimed more at slightly older readers than the original stories. But the style of writing is the same as are the simple illustrations.
The story follows Little Miss Trouble on her holiday to Seatown. Naturally, all she does is cause trouble and generally be very naughty. She seems to go out of her way to be a mischief to the other Little Miss and Mr Men that are also at Seatown. But then she goes overboard during a fishing trip and ends up being told off my the Mermaid Queen, who punishes Little Miss Trouble in such a way that she simply can't cause trouble for anyone any more!
The moral of this story is ...
My little girl liked this book, and I definitely played up the part where Little Miss Trouble got told off for being naughty! My daughter found the Mermaid Queen quite funny and was quick to tell me that she looked grumpy and angry. I definitely think she picks up a lot of these characteristics from reading Little Miss and Mr Men books, which I think is a great endorsement of the books and the great characters that Roger Hargreaves created.
I also liked that other well known characters popped up in this book, and I do love that in all the books the characters cross-over, making them more familiar to children as you read more in the series.
Overall we both enjoyed this book - however I am going to be a bit of a Little Miss Grumpy myself and knock off one star - simply because I don't think this book was as good as the old classic Mr Men books we have been reading recently!
Little Miss Trouble and the Mermaid is one of 20 stories in the Mr Men and Little Miss books with added Sparkle collection. The reason these books are called with added sparkle is the fact that all of the front covers have something glittery or sparkly or shimmery about them. I must add at this point however that despite being a huge Mr Men and Little Miss fan I wasn't immediately aware of the existence of these books and to be truly honest only started purchasing them after I spotted them really cheap in my local supermarket last Christmas.
I purchased this book for £1.25 off Waterstones' website a while back now but they normally retail at £2.99. I would suggest however that you keep your eye out for them because they do sometimes feature in supermarkets and discount bookstores at a much lower price.
The front of this book is aqua blue in colour and has a picture of Little Miss Trouble seemingly floating in the see. She is surrounded by fish and disappearing off the right of the cover is a mermaid's tale. The fish and mermaids tale are all covered in glitter, which adds a girly shimmer. Above Little Miss Trouble's head is written his name in block, black capitals and then 'and the Mermaid' written in a cursive font and printed in blue.
If you turn the book over you will find smaller pictures of all the twenty books within this collection. This is a feature that is taken from the original Mr Men. Series and is one I am fond of because it makes it easy to find out which books you have left to purchase.
Opening the book you will immediately notice the common format of writing on the left hand side, bright and beautifully coloured pictures on the right hand side. This ensures that young children can always follow the story through the pictures. The pictures in question are in fact much brighter and sharper and ultimately more colourful than they ever were in the original stories and this really adds another dimension of life to the story being told.
The story begins by telling us that the trouble with Little Miss Trouble is that she is always causing trouble. It then goes on to tell us that the trouble with making trouble is that sometimes it can catch you up and that is exactly what happened to Little Miss Trouble when she went to Seatown last week.
Her first couple of days in Seatown were great and she caused lots and lots of trouble but on the third day when she went fishing with Mr Muddle and Little Miss Bossy something went wrong. Someone was getting pay back. Whilst fishing Little Miss Trouble was pulled from her boat and it was only when she reached the bottom of the sea that she realised a mermaid had caught her and that this mermaid was on a mission - a mission to show Little Miss trouble the error of her ways.
This story is a fantastic one for children and just as engaging if not more than the original Little Miss Trouble story. I loved the book because it was so bright and colourful and the pictures really brought the story, which was in a few places quite humorous, to life. I'm sure every young girl will love this book and any true Mr Men and Little Miss fan will cherish it forever.
All in all I would highly recommend this book but would strongly suggest that you try and shop around and purchase the book at the best value you possibly can.