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Mr. Men Library: Mr. Bump - Roger Hargreaves

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Roger Hargreaves / Paperback / 36 Pages / Book is published 2003-04-03 by Egmont Books Ltd

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      16.03.2012 23:22
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      Poor Mr Bump!

      Today, I will be reviewing a book which I recently read (quite a few times actually) to my little cousins). It's also one of my favourite books from my childhood. Everyone remembers the Mr Men and Little Miss books right? Well they were my favourite! Today I will be reviewing one of the Mr Men books.

      Meet Mr Bump; he is very accident prone! All he does all day long bump into things and now it starting to affect his whole life. What will happen?

      I think this book is a 'fun' read, no matter what your age- by the way I'm not saying that as a twenty year old adult, this is the kind of books we should be reading. What I mean is that I think they are such great little stories that everyone can find them enjoyable.

      I think that Mr Bump is a sweet character; My youngest cousin (4) found it hilarious that Mr Bump kept bumping into things whilst my other little cousin (6) felt really sorry for Mr Bump.

      I think that this book teaches children to be careful and look after themselves. I also think that it helps children to feel for other people and try and understand how they are feeling and that we shouldn't laugh at others.

      The book is very short; which means that it is perfect for younger children, as it is just the right length to keep them entertained without getting 'fidgety'. Of course, this is the kind of story that children will want to be read over and over again.

      I would say that this book is aimed at children from around the age of 3-7. The language is simple and easy to understand. Children who are learning to read will also enjoy these books; the majority of the text consists of a short sentence per page.

      There are also lots of pictures which help explain the story to younger ones and help them imagine the story. I also think that this book is great at teaching children new words and therefore I would say that this book is very educational.

      Thanks for reading!
      March 2012
      Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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        28.05.2011 14:08
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        An Icon of British Popular Culture

        As with all of Roger Hargreaves Mr Men, this is a must have for new parents, as we all grew up with Mr Bump.

        A friendly but slightly accident prone resident of the Mr Men Universe, Mr Bump is unlucky, everywhere he goes and everything he does, he bumps into things, unfortunately every action has a consequence and for Mr Bump, each time he has an accident he loses his job at that particular time, whilst it isn't inferred, the poor chap starts to reach the end of his tether wondering what he can do to make ends meet without damaging anything.....until one day he has an ingenious plan!!!

        One of the most enduring and well loved Mr Men stories, Mr Bump is amusing but offers a real moral in the story too.

        For me this is a classic part of the childhoods of myself and my partner and we wanted to share this with our new addition, the books have wonderfully simple yet colourful animations, the words are easy to follow and the story always has links to other Mr Men Characters which is excellent and helps kids link the different stories together.

        Mr Bump is clumsy but through a clear plan and hard work he eventually finds his place in the Mr Men World.

        The book is available for £2.21 from Amazon or you can buy the whole Mr Men set as we did from thebookpeople for £30. The story is one of the most iconic in the Mr Men series with Mr Bumps trademark bandages around his head and waist, its a fun story, easy to read for the whole family, looks great and hasn't aged since my mum read this to me, it might be a bit much saying Mr Bump is an icon of British popular culture but it wouldn't be far off to suggest it.

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          28.07.2010 22:53
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          5 stars

          This story is by Roger Hargreaves and is a paperback book. It usually retails at £2.50 from most bookstores.

          Mr Bump is one of the more well known of the Mr Men characters and this story describes his character perfectly.

          This book tells the story of how Mr Bump is so clumsy. It starts off with "This is the sad story of Mr Bump" and straight away you start to feel sympathy for the little man! We are told how whenever he tries to tidy something up or fix something he will always have an accident. When trying to fix a broken chimney he gets the ladder but knocks out the window. When he turns around to see the damage he breaks another one!

          Mr Bumps accidents are told in such a way that my daughter would tell me "Well, that could happen to anyone mummy. It's not his fault", like when he gets his hand stuck in a postbox when working as a postman.

          Anyway, we follow Mr Bump through many mishaps until one day he finds the perfect job. My children were really happy for him! They really got into this book and had a real sympathy for him.

          This book is told with lots of examples of his clumsiness so it is unlikely that a child will get bored as each page has a new tale to tell. The text provides lots of opportunity for the child to interact and also gives them the chance to discuss what is happening.

          The images are typical of the Mr Men style, very simple and not a lot of detail. However, my children have never commentated on the pictures as being boring so I assume that they help to tell the story just as well as any other image would do.

          My children enjoy the Mr men books and I think that this one is another good story. There is a lot of text so the younger audience might get distracted but for children 3 and older I think they are ideal.

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            09.05.2010 15:53
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            Mr Bump is very endearing and one of my favourites!

            Mr Bump is no. 6 in the Roger Hargreaves' library. On the back cover the individual price is shown as £1.99 but these might be found cheaper if you hunt around. If you would like to buy the whole library (there are separate reviews for the set on Dooyoo).

            Mr Bump is a round, bright blue character save for the bandages that swaddle his head and body letting you know immediately just how accident prone he is! On the back cover, the other Mr. Men in the series are listed numerically which is a helpful way, once you have several, or indeed the whole set, to quickly pick out the book you want (as long as you keep them in order of course)!

            In this story, Hargreaves relates the rather sad story about how Mr Bump cannot get through a day without injuring himself (he bumps into anything in his path and falls down) or damaging his home (when he tries to fix his chimney pot, he ends up smashing a window and a door before he even sets the ladder up) and during his working life he has never managed to hold down a job (he once tried being a bus conductor but fell off the bus and couldn't catch back up to it)! There are various other incidents that, although sad for Mr Bump, are quite amusing, particularly to children, so I won't spoil them all for you.

            Mr Bump decides the best thing to do is to have a holiday in order to refresh his mind and think about his future career. However, even whilst relaxing on holiday, he manages to become a cropper on several occasions - falling off a boat and down a hole in the sand, for example. However, he still manages to enjoy himself and also comes up with a fabulous idea for a job. Read the book to find out if his idea is viable or whether like all the ones he has tried before, turns out to be another disaster!

            Mr Bump is one of my favourites. Most of us have had a clumsy incident if we are honest or accidentally damaged something, so I do have sympathy for him, especially as he can't help it - after all, his name is Mr Bump! This story also tells us that we should never give up trying new things out, no matter what our failings, as we all have skills and talents to offer, no matter what form they take! As always, Hargreaves' books are fun to read with simple language aided by illustrations that help to tell the story in an eye catching and colourful way.

            The endings to his books are often humorous or have a little twist to them which is something to look forward to and always ensures the book ends on a good note!

            These classic books make a fabulous addition to any child's library and encourage not only an interest in books, but allows for discussion points to be raised that can teach your child about appropriate behaviour, morals and responsibility in a very fun and easy way.

            Thanks for reading. x

            also on Ciao under ryanellaxx

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              05.04.2010 16:12
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              Well worth trying!

              Mr. Men Library: Mr. Bump - Roger Hargreaves

              Description: Genre: Junior Books / Author: Roger Hargreaves / Paperback / 36 Pages / Book is published 2003-04-03 by Egmont Books Ltd.



              The Mr Men books have been around for years and years, I remember loving them as a kid and now, my niece adores them too. At two years old, she is at the stage of being read to by her parents and already recognises her favourite books and quickly points out if you have missed out any parts of them!

              I recently bought her the boxed set of Mr Men books but you can also buy them individually if you prefer (costing around £2.50 each)
              Personally, I think it is nice to have the whole lot to choose from, and because I bought them from The Book People, they were excellent value too (The Book People come round to my office regularly but you can also buy online) so this might be a good way of buying them if you plan to.

              Mr Bump is easily identifiable because he is bright blue with a white bandage wrapped around him. The bandage is there because as his name suggests, Mr Bump regularly bumps into things! The book basically introduces you to him and the mishaps that he encounters.

              The book is written in such a way that despite its age, it still makes children today laugh. It is simple and lighthearted and designed to make young children smile while introducing them to the fun of reading. If you are a parent who wants to read aloud to your child, or you have a slightly older child who is able to read alone, these books are a fantastic option and sure to be loved - well worth buying!

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              04.03.2010 13:05
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              Another great read in the Mr Men series!

              Mr Bump is number 6 in the Mr Men series by Roger Hargeaves.

              He's a large, round, bright blue character with white bandages wrapped around him.

              Mr Bump was totally accident prone, if there was anything to bump into he'd be the first to bump into it. If there was an accident to happen it would happen to Mr Bump. Poor Mr Bump, how sad that no matter what he does he bumps, bruises, falls and hurts himself. Mr Bump had many jobs, but thanks to his accident prone ways they never lasted long so Mr Bump decided to go on holiday to relax and decide what job he really wants to do. Mr Bump enjoyed his holiday even though it was more a bumpy one than relaxing but he soon found his perfect job. Mr Bumps bumpy nature isn't all bad afterall, but what was his perfect job?

              All the way through the book you can't help but feel sorry for Mr Bumps character, any child would coo and awww over him as he is constantly having accidents or hurting himself. You just want to step into the book and help the poor soul, the way you would with a child especially. I felt I wanted to take care of his character during the story and I feel my twins even began feeling symphathetic towards him to.

              But despite his bumpy ways he is useful and worth something and conquers a job using his 'bumpy' talent showing children that you don't have to be perfect and you can do what you want to do and making mistakes is just a part of life. You don't have to be fearless, perfect, a know it all to get where you want in life and this book just shows children that you will encounter bumps in life, you will make mistakes and you will also get hurt but despite all of this you can do exactly what you want in life (within reason of course lol) so long as you try and believe in yourself, just like Mr Bump did!

              Even though the story beginning is quite mellow and sad it soon picks up, but the colours in the pictures begin bright and cheerful and continue like this through the story which helps.

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              23.12.2009 16:01
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              A quick read but not a good life lesson

              Mr Bump is the 6th book of Roger Hargreaves 46 part epic saga of a bunch of unfortunate men who have various physical abnormalities and no genetalia (how we differentiate between the Mr Men & Little Misses is a mystery which might be why my 2-year old is determined that Mr Jelly is in fact a girl). Each of the characters lives up to their names which, whilst being very handy for the story-telling of the late Mr Hargreaves, must be a right bugger for Mr Alcock and Little Miss Incontinent.

              In the story of Mr Bump the lead character, who is blue, vaguely round and wears bandages across his head and face and who has no discernable torso allegedly struggles to get a job because he bumps into things and has accidents. I suspect its more down to his appearance, especially as it was written during the 1970s when bigotry was still a hilarious past-time (as seen in TV programmes such as Love Thy Neighbour and board games such as Tickle The Cripple).

              The story depicts a tragic life in which our 'hero' bumps into a lamp-post, falls in a hols on the beach and gets stuck, breaks a couple of windows with a ladder and gets his foot stuck in a bucket.

              ****************SPOILERS FOLLOW************************

              Ultimately he only finds happiness working at an orchard but rather than be provided with a ladder the hapless freak is paid to smash his body against trees so that the apples fall off and he can catch them.

              As research for this review I tried to bring apples down by headbutting trees and I can tell you it bloody hurts and I only got one apple for half an hours banging and bleeding.

              And we give this drivel to our children to read.

              We should be educating our kids not advising them to headbutt trees!!!

              Still, my daughter loves this book and various other Mr Mens that I've bought her recently so it can't all be bad.

              Wilkinsons are currently selling them at £1.79 each or you can spend an additional 71p at leading bookshops.

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                11.10.2009 21:23
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                'Mr Bump' is number 6 in the very famous Mr Men series by Roger Hargreaves. It tells the story of the very accident prone Mr Bump, who can't seem to do anything without either hurting himself or breaking something. It is impossible for him to hold down a job as he is such a liability. Mr Bump eventually decides to go on a holiday to get over all his little accidents and try to come up with an idea of a job he can do. You'll have to read the book if you want to find out whether or not he succeeds!

                The 'Mr Men' books are small [they measure 13.6 x 13 x 0.8 cm] and all have white covers with a picture of the main character from the story on them. Mr Bumps is blue and round and has bandages wrapped around his head and his tummy from all the bumps he has!

                It follows the same format of the other 'Mr Men' books in that the left hand pages have the writing on them and the right hand pages each have bright, quite simplistic drawings.

                'Mr Bump' is 32 pages long and is published by Egmont Books and has an RRP of £2.50, which I think is pretty fair. Amazon currently sell it for £2. I don't find the Mr Men books to be the best quality, but as they are much cheaper than a lot of other children's books I can forgive the fact that several of ours now have several pages held in place by sellotape!

                Overall I would say that 'Mr Bump' isn't my favourite Mr Men character , and this book isn't one that my children ask for very often, but it is a nice addition to the collection and I am rather fond of the very sweet ending!

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                  18.12.2008 18:04
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                  A brilliant story for children

                  As a young child the Mr Men and Little Miss series of books were always a firm favourite of mine. They were so popular in my house that I had the teddies, the bedding, the curtains, posters, and mugs. I could go on but I'll stop. Come to think of it just last Christmas my mum bought me a Little Miss towel. Anyway I digress but the point I am trying to make is that once you start reading these books your love for them just doesn't end and I think that it is this that has made the series so popular.

                  Mr Bump is number 6 in the Mr Men series, which contains 46 books written by Roger Hargreaves and later his son Adam. Mr Bump is a roundish shaped character that is a vibrant blue in colour. Mr Bump also has bandages wrapped around his middle and his head because he is very, very accident-prone. It is this picture of him that you see on the front cover of the book above, which is his name in block, black capitals.

                  The back of the book then contains smaller pictures of all the other Mr Men characters alongside their names and numbers. This is a good feature in my opinion because it makes the task of knowing which book to purchase and read next that much easier. The price of the book is also located on the back. My copy has the price tag £1.25 but I believe the book currently retail for £2.50 although they can be purchased for less if you shop around.

                  This book contains the sad story of Mr Bump. Mr Bump as I have already mentioned is extremely accident-prone. If there is something for him to walk into you can guarantee that he will. Now Mr Bump has had lots of different jobs but he always manages to have accidents. For example when he was a postman he got his hand stuck in the post-box and when he was a bus conductor he fell off the bus.

                  To get over all of these disastrous events Mr Bump has decided to go on holiday. Whilst on holiday however he has more accidents but enjoys himself all the same. It is also after one of his little accidents that he has the most wonderful idea. But what is it?

                  Like all the other stories in the series this book is written in a way that makes it easy for young children to understand. The writing is simple yet not too simplistic as to patronise more competent readers. The writing on the left hand side of the book is also always accompanied by brightly coloured illustrations on the right that make the story such a joy to read. The text itself isn't overly long and so is guaranteed to hold attention and better still it can be read in roughly five minutes making the story perfect for bedtime reading.

                  My love for all things Mr Men and Little Miss always meant that this book would rate highly with me but I think that it is also a story that is loved by many other people and so this book scores the full 5/5 stars with no hesitation.

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                    07.10.2008 19:05
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                    Mr Men No.6 Mr Bump

                    The sixth book in the Mr Men by Roger Hargreaves is Mr Bump, and is also my favourite. My 4 year old son's girlfriend (aaahhhh) calls him Mr Bump, because he is forever bumping his head or grazing his knees or running into things. The amount of plasters we have got through as well as the number of accident report forms we've had to sign at preschool for him I'm sure is more than any other boy in history. So, that's the reason for his nickname.

                    As far as the book is concerned, it tells the tale of Mr Bumo, the accident prone Mr Man, who is a blue oval shaped man with bandages around his middle and his head to show he has been in the wars a bit. The story tells of how Mr Bump can't find a job because he is so accident prone and causes more harm than good. Then he finds a job in an apple orchard, and goes around bumping into the trees, which makes the apples fall out of the trees to be picked up.

                    The book doesn't really have a moral as such, but it does show how being accident prone can sometimes be useful. I guess the message is to find the good in everythings and not focus on the negatives and get down about them. Mr BUmp soon finds himself happy in the end. The right hand pages has the vibrant illustrations from Hargreaves, while the left hand pages have the writing on. The stories are suitable for parents to read at bedtime or for children who have reading for a year or two as a challenge.

                    The Mr Men books retail for £2.50 each and are available in most bookshops. I highly recommend them, especially this one as it is my favourite. I also recommend the Little Miss books.

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                    29.08.2008 18:49
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                    Great little story!

                    The Mr Men collection has always been a favourite of mine ever since I was a small child and children now keep on enjoying them. Whenever I have to buy a present for my nieces and nephews this is always my first option.

                    Mr Bump is a blue coloured Mr men and is bandaged all around his head and his body so all you can see are is two beady black eyes. He is a funny looking character.

                    The story starts off telling us that Mr Bump is always having accidents everywhere and at anytime. At home he is always bumping into his furniture and breaking things. Mr Bump also has a had a hard time with his jobs because of all of his accidents, but he has a happy ending.

                    These books are written in a really simple way so even very small children can understand them easily, they are also all full of colourful pictures that get them laughing and interested. It is the perfect book to read at bedtime as it is short and won't take you long to read one to them.

                    You will be able to find these books quite cheap in many shops.

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                      12.02.2008 11:01
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                      Another great book from the Mr Men set

                      Mr Bump is a member of the Large Mr Men and Little Miss family all written and created by Roger Hargreaves

                      Mr Bump is an egg shaped man blue in colour and has white bandages wrapped around his tummy and on his head.

                      THE STORY

                      The story begins by telling how Mr Bump was always bumping into things. We learn that Mr Bump lives in a very nice home but also had accidents there.

                      It goes on to tell that he went to fix his chimney pot that had come loose. As he is getting the ladder he breaks on of his windows with it!

                      We learn that Mr bump also had many jobs but they never lasted a he was always having accident and if anything got broken he always got the blame. The story then goes on to tell of some of the jobs which he had and what accidents he had doing them.

                      Mr Bump decided he needs to take a holiday but will this go well or will he still keep having accidents and bumping into things?

                      MY OPINION

                      His is a great story from the Mr Men collection.

                      My boys love seeing what silly things Mr Bump has done.

                      The books has all of the writing on one side of the page and a lovely bright illustration on the other side.

                      The text in the books is quite small which Mr eldest is not very keen on helping me read, he much prefers sitting and listening to me telling the story.

                      INFO

                      This book was published in 1990 by Egmont Books Limited

                      It was written by Roger Hargreaves

                      The retail price for this book is £1.99 but they are on offer in Morrisons at the moment for 2 books for £2.0 which is a great way to build your collection.

                      There are 46 books in total in the Mr Men collection so looks like it is going to cost me a bit!

                      For more information on this or any Mr Men book then please visit www.mrmen.com

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