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Mr. Men Library: Mr. Greedy - 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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      10.03.2012 17:45
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      Kids love it!

      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 Greedy; he is very Greedy! All he does all day long is nose in other people's business!

      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 Greedy is a great character; I used to think he was a real person when I was younger (oh the days!).

      I think that this book sends out a great message; that we shouldn't be so greedy. I think that it also teaches children that it is important to think of others and share instead of putting ourselves first all the time.

      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 by the end of this book they will certainly know what 'greedy' means. I would therefore say that this book is very educational.

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

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      16.12.2011 12:15
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      Mr Greedy

      Mr Greedy is one of my favourite Mr Men books from childhood and now I enjoy reading them to my little girl.

      Roger Hargreaves has been writing the Mr Men books since 1971. When they were first published they cost just 20p each and today they are priced at £1.50. I still think this is a great price for a childrens book as they are fun stories but not too expensive and this enables you to collect all the different characters. Mr Greedy is the second book Roger Hargreaves wrote in the Mr Men series and was published on the 10th August 1971.

      Mr Greedy is a loveable character but a bit misguided when it comes to food and being greedy. Mr Greedy is a big purpley pink character who is very round with a very large belly. Mr Greedy loves nothing more than to have his daily giant breakfast which I have to admit looks very yummy but is not something I could eat every day, unlike Mr Greedy that is. After breakfast he goes for a walk an ends up in a strange cave where everything is larger than normal, even the food. At first this is great and Mr Greedy really enjoys it but when a giant who lives in the cave makes Mr Greedy eat all the giant food he ends up bigger and feeling like he would burst at any moment. The giant agrees to let him go as long as he promises to never be greedy again. I think as well as being entertaining this book teaches kids a valuable lesson too about their eyes being too big for their belly. The lesson obviously works for Mr Greedy as at the end of the book he is a slim, almost new character.

      This book is wonderful and cute and has really good illustrations. I think all the little Miss and Mr characters are always very well drawn and really take on the character they are portraying. It is a paperback book and small so it's great for little hands to flick through. As it is so small it is really easy to collect all the other books because they don't take up much space. The book has approximately 40 pages so is a nice short story to read to little ones. The text is black and very bold so its easy to read. The ISBN number is 978-0853960003

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      18.08.2010 10:24
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      Mr.Greedy learns a valuable lesson!

      The second of Roger Hargreaves' original Mr.Men books sees us being introduced to the character of Mr.Greedy. The stereotypical fat man who ate all the proverbial pies!

      Mr.Greedy has eyes bigger than his belly and spends his whole time eating all his favourite foods. He cannot get enough and seems determined to live up to his name!! But one day whilst on a walk, no doubt searching out more food or at the very least working up an appetite so he can eat some more, Mr.Greedy finds a cave. Inside the cave are some steps and up the steps is the home of a giant.

      Of course, being a giant, all his food is ten times the size and Mr.Greedy begins to think he has found heaven. As soon as he can reach the table, Mr.Greedy begins helping himself and sampling all the giant's food. But when the giant comes home and sees what has been going on, he decides to teach Mr.Greedy a lesson!

      This is one of funniest Mr.Men stories from the original series and a tale that all children can associate with. How many have helped themselves to food before without asking permission? I like this book because it is a great way to show children that there are always consequences for their actions and is also a fun book to read! It is certainly one of my favourites of the original books!

      And, like al the others in this series, it has not aged a bit!

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      18.02.2010 10:13
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      Another brill read in the Mr Men series

      Roger Hargreaves series of Mr Men book consists of about 43 Mr Men characters and in case you're wondering how I know this, it shows you on the back of each book - clever stuff eh! Number 2 in this wonderful collection is our very own Mr Greedy.

      Mr Greedy can be found in the usual small square, white book easily spotted by it's pot bellied hot pink chubby character.

      Mr Greedy is soo soo greedy and eats so much, all he ever thinks about is food and actually all he ever does is eat food. The more food he ate the fatter he became, his belly grew and grew but so did his appetite. After eating a huge breakfast, as usual to feed his greedy belly he took a walk to work up an even bigger appetite. Mr Greedy, through his greedy, needy curiousity found himself face to face with a GIANT meal, that smelt absolutely delicious. But this giant meal had to have a giant owner right? Yes it was in fact that big, scary giant's meal, but mr Greedy so wanted to eat this beautiful smelling extra larger dinner that was sitting in front of him. Did Mr Greedy fill his belly like he wanted to on the Giants dinner, or did the Giant have other ideas?

      This is one of my favourite Mr Men books out of the series. It is not only fun, bright, colourful and in your face tasty and cheerful it also has quite alot of meaning behind it making it a surprisingly realistic story that can be easily understood by a child. It has some repetitive lines here and there which in my opinion would make it a bit more interesting for a child to listen to and make them wonder. I like the way the book uses extreme explanations to emphasize the size of his greedyness throughout the book. I really enjoyed the story, it's meaningful and a sort of educational book written cleverly yet fun and childlike at the same time! When I say meaningful I mean it is based around food, and food plays an important part of our everyday lives, childrens especially as they learn about new foods, tastes etc every single day without us even realising. Here children can learn quite an important lesson that although food is tasty, you can become overweight - leading to unhappiness. Not a nice lesson to learn but it needs to be taught as you when you do get to that overweight stage it isn't nice, I know!

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        14.01.2010 10:39
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        Good reading for young children

        I used to own the whole collection of Mr Men books unfortunately over the years some have got lost or ripped. Mr Greedy is one of the books from when I was a child that I still have stored in my sons bedroom for him to read.

        The Author is Roger Hargreaves and he has written 43 Mr Men books Mr Greedy being one of them. He published this book in 1990 that was published in Los Angeles and Great Britain, it was also printed in Finland and reprinted in 1995.

        These are paperback small books that are perfect for children to hold. They all have the picture of the charactor on the front that the story is about in this case it is Mr Greedy who is a fat pink Mr Man, it also has the name of the Mr Man above the picture and the authors name below that. On the back of the book it has the names of all the Mr Men charactors with pictures of them so that you are able to know what books are in the Mr Men collection so you are able to collect them.

        Mine has the price of the book on the back too which is £1.25 in the Uk but I have seen these for sale in my local Wilkinsons for less and if you purchase the whole library then you are able to get them much cheaper the 43 books will cost you £35 approximately.

        I like the Mr Men books because they always have a meaning behind the story that teaches children right from wrong. This particular book teaches children not to be greedy and that if they eat too much they will get fat and that if they are too greedy and start stealing food they will have to face conciquenses.

        The book has an even medium between pages with words and pages with pictures. The pages with words have a white background so that the words are easily seen to read. The writing is also a good size for a child that is just starting to read. The sentances are spaced out to also make it easier to read. On the opposite pages from the words are coulourful pictures to help tell the story. The pictures are simple and bright which help tell the story very well. These pictures allow you to talk about what is happening in the story with you child. The pictures fill the pages and there is not too much going on in the picture so this will keep the children happy while reading.

        My son and daughter love these books. This book is good in our house because it has taught my children not to eat too much but it doesn't seem to stop them from asking from time to time for more than they need, this is when I get the book out just to show them.

        I have noticed that this book is one of my sons favourite to read and have seen him trying to read it on his own. It has taught him how to read longer words and I have also noticed lately that he is reading words without spelling them out now too.

        I think this book is good for learning, the pictures are helpful and interesting, it is a cheap book to buy but if you are buying this book I would advise to buy the whole collection they are definatley worth the money and are available from amazon and other leading on line providers. It is a well written book with a meaning which teaches the child. Some simple words are in that young children can read when they are starting to read for the first time and the longer words are good to practice together. I now use alot of different voices when I am reading this book and my son has picked up on that too which is helping him at school. These books are well worth picking up and keeping for as long as possible they will hopefully come in for my grandchildren.

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          02.12.2009 07:38
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          A short easy read story

          My six year old has recently discovered that she can read the Mr Men range of book with minimal help from anyone else. She likes to curl up on the sofa and read out loud to anyone in the vicinity allowing us to occasionally say "are you sure that's right" at which point she giggles and tries again.

          She particularly likes Mr Greedy as the story is rather funny and she's amazed Mr Greedy doesn't explode for all Mr Greedy does is eat and eat and eat some more. The story follows Mr Greedy on an ordinary day where he eats an extra ordinarily large breakfast and makes a new friend learning that being greedy isn't necessarily a good thing after all.

          The pictures are simple colourful line drawings which illustrate well the story on each page. The text is simple enough for her to read the majority without thinking too hard about it interspersed with some quite tough words which she finds a little challenging but preserves with until shes happy to read them out loud.

          The Mr Men books have given her confidence a great boost and have showed her that she can read things other than Oxford Reading Trees tales of Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy which are becoming rather tedious.

          There are 43 books in the Mr Men range which our local library thankfully hold in their stock saving us parting with £1.99 per title for what amounts to ten minutes reading time. Mr Greedy is only 24 pages long making it perfect for little hands and a great size to keep in the car.

          In addition to the traditional titles which make up the Mr Men library there are also a number of seasonal spin offs available and a Little Miss range too.

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          26.11.2009 18:31
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          Great Kids Book

          As a child I used to love the 'Mr Men' series of books, and to this day I can still recall a lot of the original text. Written by Roger Hargreaves, the stories are timeless classics which are as popular today as they ever were.

          When my nephew is visiting, the Mr Men books inevitably make an appearance, and my review today focusses on 'Mr Greedy' - the second in the forty-eight book series, written in 1971.

          The story begins with a colourful illustration which shows our eponymous hero eating a slice of cake. Mr Greedy his an absolutely huge belly, and looks like he could do with losing a bit of weight. After going for a long walk, Greedy finds a cave, and decides to venture inside... but what will he find in there, and will he come out a changed man?

          The story is written in a way which will engage young children, and the text is quite large and easy to read. On average there are around six lines on each page, which is about right before kids start to get a bit bored and want to look at the picture overleaf. The good thing about the story, is the fact that it contains a moral message - in this case it's a warning about biting off more than you can chew.

          Mr Greedy goes through a bit of a transformation as the story progresses, and from being a big eater (he eats nine slices of toast, three boiled eggs, a bowlful of sugar, AND a whole packet of Cornflakes for breakfast), he becomes a rather slimline figure by the time the story is through.

          The illustrations seen throughout the Mr Men series are fantastically simple, and it's no different here - thick black lines separate the flat and bold colours, creating a visual intrigue which, although technically average, is certainly eye-catching.

          All in all I would highly recommend Mr Greedy as an entertaining kids book which works beautifully as a bedtime story. As they have been available for many years, the Mr Men books are very cheap to buy, and you can purchase this particular one for only £1.97 from Amazon.

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            07.10.2008 17:28
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            Mr Men No.2 Mr Greedy

            Roger Hargreaves' series of Mr Men started in 1971 with Mr Tickle. His second book in the series was Mr Greedy, and the first one to really give us a lesson in morals as well as giving kids a good story. I used to love the Mr Men books when I was a kid, and my mum still has virtually the complete set from then.

            Mr Greedy is incredibly greedy, and will eat pretty much anything. He is drawn as you see him in the picture, as a pink blob, but nearly always with a happy grin on his face. One day, Mr Greedy goes into a big room, where he stumbles across a giant's food supply. He gets caught by the giant, who wants to teach him a lesson, and makes Mr Greedy eat everything on the plate and promise to not be greedy any more in return for letting him go. Mr Greedy agrees, and the giant lets him go.

            The lesson here is that it is not good to be greedy, which Hargreaves delivers very subtly in the format of an appealing story. The illustrations are soft and the colours are very full. The writing is small, black print on a white background on the left hand page while the pictures are each on the right hand side. The book retails at £2.50, as do all the other Mr Men books, and they will be in most book retailers. I recommend this one, as well as all the other Mr Men and Little Miss books by Hargreaves.

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            13.08.2008 15:52
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            Once you start reading you'll never stop

            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 Greedy is number 2 in the Mr Men series, which contains 46 books written by Roger Hargreaves and later his son Adam. Mr Greedy is a strange shaped pink character that has a large fat stomach and a braid smile. 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 £1.99 although they can be purchased for less if you shop around.

            The story of Mr Greedy begins with the information that Mr Greedy liked to eat. In fact Mr Greedy loved to eat, and the more he ate the fatter he became. One morning Mr Greedy awoke earlier than usual, got up, went downstairs and ate the most enormous breakfast. When he had finished he decided to go for a walk. He walked and walked and walked and then he discovered a cave. "That's funny," he thought, "I don't remember seeing that there before." Being curious Mr Greedy decides to explore the cave. What will he find inside?

            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. The ultimate moral of the story is also something that I feel is important in today's society and so this book scores the full 5/5 stars with no hesitation.

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            15.05.2008 09:16
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            a fun book in the collection which appeals to children of all ages

            Mr Greedy is number 2 in the Mr Man collection. He is a rounded shape and has a very large tummy. He is a bright pink colour.

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

            THE STORY

            The book begins by telling us that Mr Greedy loved to eat, but the problem is that the more he ate the fatter he became and then the more hungry he would become and so he still ate more. He lives in a house which they describe as a roly-poly sort of house, very much like Mr Greedy.

            The story then begins with Mr Greedy waking up, earlier than usual and he was feeling hungry as he had been dreaming about food. He went downstairs and ate a massive breakfast. The book then lists the massive breakfast which he ate. When he had finished eating he sat back and thought about the wonderful delicious breakfast he had just eaten then he started to think about what he was going to have for lunch. He decided that he would go for a walk so that he could build up a nice appetite.

            When he was out on his walk he came across a cave which he had not seen before and being a curious sort of person he decided he would go and explore it. He started to walk up the massive stairs and was getting very out of breath. At the top of the stairs he came across a massive door. This certainly was the biggest door he had ever come across.

            What did Mr Greedy find inside this massive door and would he build up a nice appetite for his dinner?

            MY OPINION

            This is another fun book in the collection. My boys enjoy listening to the story and learning how much Mr Greedy eats. The story has been written in nice simple words which makes it easy for younger children to follow. The book is also accompanied by nice bright illustrations which I find help to tell the story and also help to keep my 3 year old involved in the book.

            The writing in the book is quite small which may put some newer or beginner readers off from trying to read the book by themselves but my eldest is now doing very well reading them to me and his brothers.

            The book has been laid out in a very simple way with the writing on plain white pages on the left hand side of the book and the illustrations on the right hand side. This and the other books in the collection are only short and they can be read in just a few minutes which makes them ideal bedtime stories or books for if you are short on time.

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            The book was written by Roger Hargreaves and published by Egmont UK Limited. The retail price for the book is £1.99 but it can be picked up for £1.49 in Wilkinson's.

            There are a total of 46 characters in the collection each having their own book and MR Greedy is number 2. If you would like any further information on this or any book in the collection then please visit www.mrmen.com

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              15.02.2008 21:48
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              GREAT SERIES OF BOOKS ALL AROUND

              Mr Men books have been around since 1971 when Roger Hargreaves published the first of the series: Mr Tickle. The Little Miss series subsequently appeared in 1981 and both series of books have been growing ever since. They have been so popular that his son Adam continued his work beyond his death in 1988 and the rights to the books were sold in 2004 for a staggering £28 million.

              Mr Greedy is the second outing of the original series of Mr Men. Mr Greedy lives in aptly named Fatland in a roly poly house and he is a pink happy chap with a rather large tummy. He lives for food and dreams of it and lives for it.

              We see Mr Greedy eating a huge breakfast as he woke up hungry after dreaming of food and this leave him wandering what he can have for lunch so he decides to take a walk in order to work up an appetite.

              However, this walk would change his life as he stumbles accross a giant's den with gigantic food being on display(colossalpeas as big as cabbages) and smells to go with it and being Mr Greedy he has to investigate and, off course, eat.

              I do not want to give the ending away but needless to say that Mr Greedy learned a lesson he isn't likely to forgetand that a stomachache is around the corner.

              This one is one of my son's favourites as it has a giant(voiced by me) and is quite colourful. As with all Mr Men and Little Miss books, the contents are quite inoffensive although they sometimes have some underlying moral.

              These books are great for bedtime reading as they are not too long(Mr Greedy is only 19 pages long) and not too short so that your little one does not feel robbed. They are also great as they have the writting on one page and the pictures are on the opposite side so it gives your child chance to see them and even comment so actually allows for interaction.

              I have read a recent review by Sewbizzie on the Mr Men books and I agree with her that the writing is too small for children to read and follow. My son is only 2 so I do not have this problem yet.

              There are currently 46 books to be collected in the Mr Men series and there is also new ones appearing all the time such as the glitter collection. The actual books contain a back page which has details of what you can buy by post and other special offers but it depends on how old the books you buy are. The back page shows all the Mr Men books available at the time of the book being published(with pictures)

              I have been buying mine from Morrissons who currently have a special deal to buy 2 for £3 or £1.99 each. This is a good deal but my local Morrissons only has a selected few of the series and does not change them very regularly. I have topped up the collection with car boot spotting and charity shops which always seem to have them in.

              I recommend these as they are great to introduce children to reading and are also parent friendly.

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