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This is one of the books in the follow up series to the original Mr Men series of children's books written by Roger Hargreaves. Following his death, his son Adam continued his work, and has published this series of books, which take some of the favourite Mr Men characters and gives us some extra stories.
This Mr Greedy story sees the larger than life Mr Greedy atg home, and explains how he has got so heavy that he has started breaking things by being heavy handed, clumsy and just generally too heavy. Disgruntled and rather miserable, he heads off to Mr Uppity's house, where he has been invited for lunch. What will happen when he gets there? Will he be destined to have a miserable time at Mr Uppity's house, or will he find that this particular cloud has a silver lining?!
It's quite a good tale, and it teaches us that no matter someone's physical appearance, or how clumsy or heavy they may be, it doesn't necessarily have to be a negative thing. This is generally the same for all the Mr Men books, as well as the Little Miss books, too.
The other thing that is consistent with other books is the presentation. Each spread has one page of easy to read text, with the opposite page featuring a rich and vibrantly colourful illustration. The contours of the artwork are curved and soft, and the rich and deep colours add to this to gvie a relaxed and enjoyable feel to the books. They are great for getting your kid to start reading, and my 5 year old likes reading through them, as he finds them interesting as well.
Overall, I recommend all of the books in the series. This one is another very good tale, and a great addition to the Mr Men New Library series. It is available generally for £2.99, but is easy enough to find in retailers for the lesser price of around half that amount. Recommended.
The Mr Men and Little Miss classic library's have been popular for many years and introduced us to some of the characters that we have come to love so dearly. As a young child the Mr Men and Little Miss stories played a big part in my reading and to be completely honest you wouldn't be wrong if you had said I was obsessed with anything remotely Mr Men like. I had everything from the bedding and curtains to the wall clock and figurines, as well as the usual soft toys and of course the books. As you can imagine therefore 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.
When the books where first released the Mr Men ones had a blue spine with a blue stripe going down the right hand side of the back of the book and down the left hand side of the books front. The Little Miss Stories then had the same but in pink making it easy to distinguish between the two. It is these libraries of the books that I have but when I have seen them being sold recently I have seen that both Mr Men and Little Miss ones have a blue stripe - don't ask me why.
Both the new Mr Men library collection and the new Little Miss collection have twelve books. The book I am going to review today is number 9 in the Mr Men collection and is called 'Mr. Nosey and the big surprise. The front cover of the book has a picture of Mr Nosey peering out from behind a lovely wooden yellow door. Above this picture is the books title as well as the logo for the new story library. The book cover also displays Roger Hargreaves' name in a small blue box although it is his son Adam who has written the story. This fact is acknowledged inside the books cover.
If you turn the book over you will find smaller pictures of all the other books in both the Mr Men new library and the Little Miss new library. This is a great feature as it makes it really easy to keep track of which stories you have left to buy and read. As well as this the back cover also shows you what all of the books look like when they are put together (a picture appears amongst the spines).
So now you know what the book looks like it's time to find out what it's all about. The book tells the story of Mr Greedy who by his very name you may have already guessed is very, very greedy indeed. He is so greedy in fact that he has become exceptionally heavy, which is causing him to break, crush or simply not fit into everything. This fact is making Mr Greedy rather unhappy too and an unhappy Mr Men is never a good thing.
After breaking everything one morning and ruining his breakfast Mr Greedy sets off to Mr Uppity's house, where he has been invited to lunch. After numerous transport problems he ends up having to walk all the way there, which makes him even unhappier. Whilst there however he finds that his weight has a wonderful use. But what is that use and what will Mr Greedy do now he has found he has one?
I personally think this story is a really delightful one, as it is colourful and charming from the very beginning. Mr Greedy himself is a larger than life character in more than one way and therefore everything he seems to be involved with in turn becomes larger than live. This makes the story rather a memorable one in my opinion and is probably my favourite story in the new collection.
The book itself is printed in the familiar Mr. Men fashion with writing on the right hand side and wonderfully vibrant cartoon style pictures on the left. These pictures lift the words right of the page and into the minds of those that read them. They are lso perfect for ensuring that younger children are involved in the story even if they cannot read. The font size is also quite decent and therefore suitable for children learning to read as well as parents and grandparents with visual problems.
I think I have to admit that this book is probably my favourite one and like most of the others I cannot find a fault with it. It is bright, colourful and vibrant which is everything a children's book needs to be. Better still it has an RRP of £2.99, which for a book isn't too bad. To make things even better it can often be found on offer in supermarkets, in discount book shops and online.