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I have always been a fan of the Mr men and Little Miss books, when I was a child I had the whole collection unfortunatley over the years I have lost quiet a few. This Little Miss Trouble book is one of the ones that has been hidden in the back of the cupboard until we moved.
The author is Roger Hargreaves and was published in 1994 originally and was reprinted in 1996. Roger Hargreaves has captured the naughty actions very well in this story. Children do some naughty things and at some point in their adolecence they have the tendancy to learn to lie. This story shows how lying is wrong and that if you do lie it will backfire on you. This is good when you are reading it to a child because they start to understand their are conciquences when you do something wrong.
The illustration in the books are very good, they are colourful and simple for the children to look at. They really help you to read the book to the child and make it possible to explain what is going on in the story so that the child can understand it better.
There are alot of words in the book so I tend to only read a few pages at a time when I am reading to the younger children because their concentration seems to run away half way through. My older child however really enjoys me reading the whole book to him and talking about it after. It is also quite easy for him to read alone. There are a few long words that he needs some help with but these books are helping him to learn to read very well because he enjoys them so much. The words are quiet big to see and the lines are spaced out very well so that it is easier for the child to read the book and not get lost where they were reading. It has also taught my eldest child some longer words that he knows from the top of his head now that children of his age would not really know.
There is approximately 30 pages in each of the Little Miss books which half of them are pictures to help tell the story. So the book does seem longer that what it is but there is sufficient pages of the story to make a brilliant book.
This story is about a little girl that is very naughty and likes to cause trouble for other people. In the story there are the Mr Men who she is causing trouble with who are Mr Small, Mr Tickle, Mr Bump, Mr Uppity and Mr clever there is also a doctor called Mr Makeyouwell. I particulary like the name of the doctor I think it is a good pun that an adult would understand rarther than a child. She causes alot of trouble for Mr Small who eventually gets his own back with the help of the doctor.
If you collect all the Little Miss books and create the Little Miss library then when they are all put together in order the edge of the binders spell out Little Miss Library. These books are a good collection for children boys or girls and will help the child learn to read. They are also good for parents to sit down and read to the child and they help teach life skills.
These are not expensive books I have seen them for just over £1 in wilkinsons so it is easy to build up the collection and I also know for £30 you can buy the collection on line from various sites. These are enjoyable books to read which are well written and interesting. The illustration is simple and sweet and tells the story well. These are good reading and all children should have them when learning to read in my opinion they really do help.
You can see from her picture that Little Miss Trouble looks rather cheeky, but surely this sweet looking character can't cause any trouble, but you would be wrong.
Little Miss Trouble only has to say something to fellow Mr Men and Little Miss people to cause trouble, in this story she meets Mr Uppity and Mr Clever, and says to them both 'Do you know what Mr Small calls you behind your back?', she then calls them a name and each one goes round to see Mr Small and gives him a black eye.
Mr Small worked out that Little Miss Trouble was behind all this when she laughed at him when she saw him. He went round to see the doctor and explained what had happened, the Doctor whispered a plan in Mr Smalls ear.
Mr Small then goes to visit Mr Tickle and Mr Bump, and asks them if they know what Little Miss Trouble calls them behind their backs, following on from this, Mr Tickle and Mr Bump find Little Miss Trouble and was not happy with what they had heard so started to tickle and bump her, which was not too pleasant when they continued for ten minutes.
When Mr Small saw the Doctor later on they were pleased that the plan had worked and the Doctor saw Little Miss Trouble later on, she was looking very sorry for herself. The Doctor chuckled as he walked past saying 'cheer up - you know what you've had don't you? A taste of your own medicine!'
This is a lovely story which has it's positives and negatives. It involves several other familiar characters which children will recognise, and a good moral to the story, which would hopefully encourage them not to upset others, or else they may get upset themselves.
The words in these stories are often repeated so is good for children's language, but there are a few words which are used to upset and these could be repeated and get into trouble themselves.
The pictures are always bold and bright and help to tell the story, you can use these to encourage the child/ren to tell you what is happening in the story and encourage early storytelling, especially with those who can't read yet.
The Little Miss Trouble book is number 6 in the Little Miss collection and is a must for any Little Miss or Mr Men fan.
All the books take about 5 minutes to read, they are small, thin paperback books and are ideal for a bedtime story. We have read them all several times over and still enjoy finding out what happens next.
Roger Hargreaves is the well-known creator of the Mr Men and Little Miss collections of stories that are well loved by children and quite often adults alike. Little Miss Trouble is number 6 in the Little Miss collection and was first published in 1981. Little Miss Trouble is herself one of the most well known Little Miss characters and therefore she can often be found on various other Mr Men and Little Miss merchandise such as mugs and T-shirts.
Little Miss Trouble is a roundish character and a sort of olive green in colour. She has a bright green nose and bright red hair, which is tied in bunches with two blue bows. This picture of her is printed in the centre of the front cover along with her name. The back of the book has smaller pictures of all the Little Miss characters in the series along with their names and numbers.
Now Little Miss Trouble is a very mischievous character and loves to play pranks. One day however her pranks go too far when she tells both Mr Uppity and Mr Clever that Mr Small has done and said things that he hasn't. This leads to Mr Small getting two black eyes. As you can imagine Mr Small is not at all happy and so goes to see Dr Makeyouwell. Luckily for him the Dr has a special plan but will it work?
Little Miss Trouble is a great story for children because it does teach them that it is morally wrong to tell tales on people just so that they get into trouble. I do however, and maybe this is because of the society in which we grow up in now, think that the fact that both Mr Clever and Mr Uppity hit Mr Small without giving him time to explain isn't the best role model for children. Hopefully however most children will have the common sense to realise that this is wrong therefore meaning that the stories main moral is allowed to shine through.
This story as well as all the others in the Little Miss collection retail for between £1.99 and £2.50 although supermarkets and online stores often stock them at a cheaper price. If your child is interested in the entire collection it can also work out much cheaper to purchase the books as a collection as many places sell the collection at a much lower price. For example the book people are currently selling the whole collection for £30 - a real bargain if you ask my opinion.
All in all I must say that this book is another good one for children. It's easy to follow format of writing on the left hand side and bright colourful pictures on the right make it simple for young children to listen to and then later for them to read themselves.
Book Series: Little Miss Library