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Mr. Men Library: Mr. Good - Roger Hargreaves

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Roger Hargreaves / Paperback / 38 Pages / Book is published 2003-09-04 by Egmont Books Ltd

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      05.10.2010 09:16
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      Not Roger Hargreaves best!

      Mr.Good is another in the original Roger Hargreaves series originally designed for his own son which, over time, have become family childhood favourites. Mr.Good is something like number forty in the series that features a whole host of different characters all with their own unique characteristics and personality.

      Mr.Good lives in a land where everyone is rude. When he tries to help someone recover their hat which has blown off, he is accused of trying to steal it and all his good intentions are simply taken entirely the wrong way. Mr.Good despairs and one day sets out for a walk. And it is only when he has walked for far enough that he finally finds somewhere where he can feel welcome.

      Like Mr.Skinny, this is another of the adventures in which very little actually happens and is, in fact, one of the weaker Mr.Men tales. The character of Mr.Good is simply drawn, entirely in white and looking very much like a talking tic tac, and you get the impression that by now, Roger Hargreaves was starting to lose inspiration and failing to come up with any better ideas. It is worth picking up simply for nostalgia and for completing your collection but this is perhaps my least favourite of the books!

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      21.10.2008 17:53
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      Definitely worthy of a place in the collection

      Mr Good is a character in the Mr Men collection of books, which were written first by Roger Hargreaves and then later by his son Adam. The collection contains 46 stories with Mr Strong being number 46 and therefore written by Adam Hargreaves rather than Roger.

      Mr Good is a roundish shaped character that is white in colour and therefore gives off a pure image that suits his name. He also has a green bowler hat perched on his head and a broad smile on his face. This picture of Mr Good can be found on the front of the book, which is itself square and white. Mr Good's name is then printed in bold block capitals above his head. Turning the book over you will find that the reverse holds smaller pictures of all the other Mr Men characters in the series along with their names and numbers. This is a great little feature as it means you can easily keep track of which books you have and haven't read.

      Mr Good's story is printed in the same format as all the others in the collection with black writing on a white background on the left hand side of the book and colourful and cheery pictures on the right. This tried and tested format is great for children of all ages, as the black on white text makes it easy for those started to read to tackle the book and the colourful pictures keep younger (and older) children entertained.

      The story itself begins by telling us that Mr Good is very, very good but that he lives in a place called Badland where nobody likes him. Everything in bad land is bad including the trees and of course the weather is always bad. Mr Good can do nothing right as everything nice thing he does always receives something wicked in return. As you can imagine therefore Mr Good is not very happy.

      One day Mr Good decided to go for a walk and think about things. Having a lot to think about he walked and walked and walked but because he was so deep in his thoughts he didn't realise how far he had gone. Would Mr Good eventually realise he had been walking for ages? Where would he end up? And what would happen to him there?

      This is a really good Mr Men story and definitely worthy of its place in the series. The character himself is quite plain and probably in a lot of ways a little ordinary but it is this that makes him appealing because the story that is told about him sends out a message to all that read it. Furthermore because Mr Good is a good character he does in many ways set a good role model for children.

      Mr Good can easily be purchased from any good book store as well as quite a few supermarkets and online. Its RRP is around the £2.50 mark but it can be bought for less if you shop around.

      My last point on this book however is that when purchasing the story you must be aware of one thing and that is that once you've purchased one Mr Men book you'll keep going back until you've purchased them all.

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        09.10.2008 18:09
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        Mr Men No.46 Mr Good

        Mr Good is the third Mr Men book created by Adam Hargreaves and the 46th and last in the regular series. The Mr Men were first created in 1971 by Roger Hargreaves. Following his death in 1988, his son, Adam, published four books that in 1990 that Roger had already created, before creating, writing and illustrating his own set in 2003. I loved the Mr Men books when I was a kid, and my son likes them all now.

        Mr Good does look very good. He is very white, like an angel, with an innocent smile and a nice green hat. He lives in Badland, which is obviously not a good place for someone so good to live in. He always brushes his teeth and washes his hands and does everything he is supposed to do. He is very tidy and is also very helpful to other people. However, if he offers to help someone with their shopping, they aren't very nice to him and accuse him of stealing. The same happens when the wind blows someone's hat off and he catches it for them. One day, he is deep in thought about it when he bumps into someone. How will they react?

        I like this story. It is the last in the regular series that Adam Hargreaves created. He did make some others, but for special occasions. This story taches us that being good can often be misconstrued for something else, but that no matter what, we should be good. The illustrations are colourful and vibrant and are on the right hand pages, while the writing is all on the left hand pages.

        Each Mr Men book retails for £2.50, although amazon.co.uk have them for £1.60 each. I recommend the books as well as the Little Miss books by Hargreaves.

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        18.05.2008 15:47
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        Great little book for your children

        The Mr Men and Little Miss collection is the perfect collection full of short interesting books for your kids; they will love the simple stories full of fun and colourful pictures.

        Mr Good is an egged/oval shaped Mr men, he is white and has a dark green hat. He is always smiling and he is sooo good.

        Mr Good does everything right, he is never misbehaved and never is bad. Mr Good lives in a bad place, Badland.... this isn't really the place for him, everyone always does everything wrong unlike Mr Good, and they all hate him.

        One terrible day he was walking, he had a man in front of him and because it was a windy day his hat blew off, Mr Good who was trying to help caught it but the man shouted at him telling him to give it back.

        This made Mr Good think when he bumped in to someone...

        This is the perfect book for children up to 8 years old, they will enjoy this simple story and funny pictures.

        This book is £1,99 on Amazon which is a good price for this great book, your child will love it and won't get bored in the middle of the story.

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          25.04.2008 12:27
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          Number 46 in the Mr Men collection and a fun read

          Mr Good is number 46 in the Mr Men collection. He is an oval shaped man and is white in colour. He wears a green top hat.

          The cover of the book is white and has a picture of Mr Good and the title of the book above in black lettering. The back cover of the book has smaller pictures of the other characters available in the collection.

          THE STORY

          The book begins by telling us a bit about Mr Good, how he always makes his bed, cleans his teeth and wipes his feet. He never slams doors or forgets birthdays and he is always very good. Mr Good lives in Badland where nobody likes him. Badland is a place where people do slam doors and slam them in your face. Also in Badland the puddles are very deep so you fall into them, a dogs bite is worse than his bark and even the trees are bad.

          Mr Good was out for a walk on a very horrid day as the weather was always bed in Badland. He was walking behind a man when his hat blew off and Mr Good jumped up to catch it, the man turned round and demanded that Mr Good give it back to him. This sort of thing always happened to Mr Good, If he ever offered to carry someones shopping for them then he was accused of stealing.

          Mr Good was not very happy, he was in fact miserable so decided to go for a very long walk to think about things. He was walking along as was so deep in thought that he dumped into them. Mr Good stammered an apology but would the man he bumped into be rude and bad to him or would Mr Good finally find another good person?

          MY OPINION

          This is a fun short story in the Mr Man collection. My boys enjoy listening to the story and it is only short so can be read in under 5 minutes which makes it an ideal bedtime read.

          The words are all very simple and easy for even young children to understand. The illustrations also help to keep younger children involved in the book. The illustrations are all very nice and bright and help to tell the story.

          The book is laid out in a very simple was with the text being on plain white pages on the left hand pages and the illustrations on the right hand side pages. The text is quite small which may put beginner readers off from trying to read the words but with encouragement my eldest is now trying to read them and is doing quite well.

          INFO

          The book was written by Adam Hargreaves and was published by Egmont UK Limited.

          The retail price of the book is £1.99 but we picked up our copy for £1.49 in out local Wilkinson's store.

          There are 46 books in total with Mr Good being the last at number 46. If you would like any further information on this or any book or character in the Mr Men collection then please visit www.mrmen.com

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