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A lovely bargain!
When my daughter was about 18 months, I was lucky enough to find the complete set of Mr Men books second hand in my local charity shop for around £10. I believe that new, the complete set can cost at least 3-4 times this so I was pretty pleased with my find! But I decided to put these away for a while until my daughter was a little older.
Then one house move later and I realised I had no idea where the books were! I was really gutted but was sure they would turn up eventually...
How did they get there?!!
Then last December I stumbled upon them - where else but in the bag of Christmas decorations...! I have no idea at all how they ended up here but I was so pleased to find them that I decided not to think about it too much!
Since then we have been working our way through them all, and one we read together recently was Mr Grumpy!
Some right characters
For those of you not familiar with the Mr Men books, they were written by Roger Hargreaves in the 1970s. There was quite a large group of Mr Men and, since Roger's death, his son Adam has taken over and added a few more men to the fray. All in all - in our set at least - there are 43 Mr Men, ranging from Mr Happy and Mr Tickle, to Mr Muddle and Mr Strong. All of them are big (well, apart from Mr Small) and bold and brightly coloured.
Grumpy old man
Now of course the clue is in the name with these characters, and My Grumpy is indeed an extremely grumpy old bloke. He is a big blue rectangle with a grumpy face - even his little purple hat looks cross. Reading this to my daughter I put on my best grumpy old man voice to read Mr Grumpy's dialogue (I found this worryingly easy!) and my daughter found the story hilarious! She laughed all the way through it and seemed to enjoy looking at the big, bright pictures. They are so nicely drawn that it is clear to little ones what is going on on each page.
In this particular book, a few of the other Mr Men club together to try and cheer up the grumpy chap. When I tell you that the two that get involved are Mr Happy and Mr Tickle, you may get a clue as to the plan they concoct...
A fun read
This is a lovely, fun book that seemed to really amuse my daughter. It is lots of fun to read together, and Mr Tickle's presence meant I could administer my best tickles while reading it to her. It made her keen to read other books in the collection too and we are rapidly working our way through them!
I adored my Mr Men books when I was little and I am so glad I picked these up as I hope my daughter will now get the same joy out of them that I did. The stories are fun and the pictures are so bright and appealing that it is hard not to enjoy reading them or, in a child's case have them read to them. This particular story is fun as Mr Grumpy is so completely and utterly grumpy that it's hard not to laugh at him, and enjoy watching what happens to him during the book.
To buy these books on their own you are looking at £1 or £2 online, and really worth every penny in my opinion!
I have a slightly warped humour and bought my boyfriend this book as a stocking filler at Christmas he much rather likes to think of himself as Mr Strong. Although the book did go down well and I think these would be quite good little present for people with similar characteristics to the characters. Personally I think quite a few of the personas fit me, I could easily be Little Miss Giggles, Scatterbrain or Late, I think they should bring out a Little Miss Mischievous too! Anyway I always enjoyed these books when I was a young child and believe it or not we sat and read the book on Christmas morning and I enjoyed it almost as much as a 22 year old. I think the versatility of these books has made them so popular.
There are 47 Mr Men books in the series these books were written by Roger Hargreaves and later his son Adam, Mr Grumpy is number 27 in the series and he first appeared in 1978. I find Mr Grumpy a very adorable character, he is a blue oblong shape with large round dark blue nose. Mr Grumpy wears a green top hat and it is possible to identify him as Mr Grumpy by his scrunched up a eyes and big upside down smile (or frown perhaps!)
On the front of the book is Mr Grumpy is bold capitals then 'by Roger Hargreaves' below and a picture of Mr Grumpy. On the back of the book is a little illustrated index of all the Mr Men characters with their picture, name and number. This means you can easily locate a Mr Men, find his number and easily search for him. It also means if you are collecting the books it is easy to find which books are missing from your collection. The books are paperback and a nice size to read (about 12cm x 12cm perhaps). The books retail at about £2.50 but if you shop around you are likely to find them for quite a lot less.
The way the story is presented is really good and boosts its appeal to all ages. Each double page spread has writing on the left hand side and an illustration on the right hand side. The writing is simple and funny but not oversimple and does not patronize, myself and my boyfriend enjoyed reading it. The illustrations are very bold and colourful and perfectly shows the characters in the scenarios that the text tells us about. The story itself is quite short and could be read in around 5-10 minutes making it a great short story for young children. Due to the relatively simple nature of the text and the length of the story this would be quite a good book for children learning to read. It is also quite fun to read aloud as there are many characters whose voices you create.
Mr Grumpy's story begins on a lovely summer's evening...Mr Grumpy was at home. He sat down in his armchair and picked up a book but I bet you can't guess what he did next. He ripped out all the pages. Mr Grumpy doesn't like books and has a shocking temper. In fact he is the most bad-tempered person you can imagine. At this point I was giggling as although my boyfriend isn't the most bad-tempered person you can imagine he is a little big grumpy and the story was ringing bells.
The story continues...The next day while pulling up the flowers in his garden Mr Grumpy saw Mr Happy. Being jolly Mr Happy wished Mr Grumpy a good morning but Mr Grumpy merely told him to go away and then stood on his foot on his way into his house.
Mr Happy was not at all happy with Mr Grumpy's behaviour and decided that something needed to be done, with the help of the other Mr Men characters is it possible for him to turn around Mr Grumpy's mood?
I absolutely loved this book, each of the Mr Men books have a moral behind them, this moral isn't shoved down your throat but is nice and subtle. The characteristics of the Mr Men are exaggerated but it is possible to draw comparisons. The Mr Men books have been going strong for many years and I think they will do for many years to come. I think the books are capable of appealing to all ages and if you haven't read one before I recommend you do, if you don't have a child pretend its a present for someone :)
At number 27 in the Mr Men series of books by Roger Hargreaves we have Mr Grumpy.
He can be found on the usual small, square white books, a deep blue, rectangular character with a big round nose and a moody miserable face and wearing a green hat.
Mr Grumpy was the grumpiest character, he had such a bad temper, probably the worst! He picked up a book, and because of his bad, moody temper he tore out every single page.
With his bad temper he went and ripped up all the pretty flowers in his garden as he hated them, whilst pulling these up with rage along came Mr Happy, who soon learnt after a few harsh words that Mr Grumpy needed to be taught a lesson as you can't be grumpy, moody and horrible all the time for no reason!
Mr Happy went to see Mr Tickle and they made up a plan to turn Mr Grumpy UNGrumpy! Being a ticklish fellow Mr Tickle tickled Mr Grumpy everytime he went shopping, was a tickle really going to ungrump Mr Grumpy though?
I really enjoyed this story and for an older child I'm sure it would be quite interesting.
A moody, strong character usually seems to capture a child and Mr Grump certainly would as he had the temper from hell, so a pretty engaging book in my opinion.
Despite his character being quite an 'angry' one the book is not all bad though as thanks to the story introducing other characters the mood of the book perks up and becomes happy, fun and child friendly to making it a really good read for a child in my opinion.
Moods are a regular day occurence, even children can become grouchy, moody even for no apparent reason so they could quite easily understand the moods in this book and the difference between each character, especially as it's written in such an easy to understand way by the author. Despite his grumpy character being strong, it isn't in fact Mr Grumpy himself who dominates the story, which tends to make it a bit more interesting as you learn more about the other characters too rather than the story concentrating on his angry self!
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 I still have most of that stuff. Anyway as usual I digress. The point is however that once you start reading these books your love for them begins to grow and in my opinion it is this that has made the series so popular.
Mr Grumpy is number 27 in the Mr Men series, which contains 46 books written by Roger Hargreaves and later his son Adam. Mr Grumpy is an oblong shaped blue character with a large dark blue nose and a green top hat. The only thing wrong with Mr Grumpy is that he always has a grumpy face; an upturned mouth and scrunched up eyes. It is this picture of him that is on the front cover of the book. Above this picture is his name in block, black capitals.
If you turn the book over you will find smaller pictures of all the other Mr Men characters alongside their names and numbers. This in my opinion is a brilliant feature 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. These books now retail around the £2.50 mark but can be purchased for less if you shop around.
The story of Mr Grumpy begins by telling us that it was a lovely summer evening and Mr Grumpy was at home. He sat down in his armchair and picked up a book but I bet you can't guess what he did next. He ripped out all the pages. Mr Grumpy doesn't like books and has a shocking temper. In fact he is the most bad-tempered person you can imagine.
The next day while pulling up the flowers in his garden Mr Grumpy saw Mr Happy. Being jolly Mr Happy wished Mr Grumpy a good morning but Mr Grumpy merely told him to go away and then stood on his foot on his way into his house. Walking away Mr Happy wasn't as happy as he normally was and decided that something had to be done about Mr Grumpy. Enlisting the help of his friends he set about trying to improve Mr Grumpy's mood but would he and the others succeed?
Like all other Mr Men and Little Miss books the way this story is printed makes it exceptionally good for young children to understand. Each double page spread has writing on the left hand side, which is simple yet not too simplistic as to be patronising, and colourful illustrations on the right hand side. The story itself is relatively short and so can easily be read within a five to ten minute time period, making it perfect for bedtime.
Mr Grumpy's story is a brilliant one in my opinion as it has a good moral without being preachy to those that read it. The character is of course an exaggeration of normal characteristics but that simply makes it funnier. Mr Grumpy therefore gains without hesitation the full 5/5 stars from me.
Mr Grumpy is the 27th of the popular Mr Men children's books written and illustrated by Roger Hargreaves. The books were a favourite of mine when I was a child, and now my son loves them as well. The author started writing them in 1971 after his son asked him what a tickle looked like and he drew it, resulting in the first book in the series, Mr Tickle.
Mr Grumpy is a tall, rectangular shape. He is blue with a green hat and has the grumpiest face you've ever seen. One day, he comes across Mr Happy, and stamps on his foot. He doesn't apologise, but what will Mr Happy do about it? Can he make Mr Grumpy get rid of his grumpiness?
The book is a good one in that it teaches you firstly that being grumpy is not a good trait, but also that sometimes people are grumpy, and that even though they may not be nice to you, being nice back back to them could stop them from being grumpy. The illustrations are vibrant and colourful, and are on the right hand pages, and the writing is on the left hand pages.
The Mr Men books retail at £2.50 each and are available from most bookshops. I recommend them all as well as the Little Miss books.
My Grumpy is another character in the popular Mr Men collection. He is a rectangular shape and blue in colour and he wears a green top hat.
The book has a white cover with a picture of Mr Grumpy and the title at the top in black lettering.
The back cover of the book shows small pictures of all the characters in the Mr Men collection
The book begins by telling us it is a summer night and Mr Grumpy is home in Crosspatch Cottage where he decides to sit down and pick up a book.
He did not read the book, he tore all of the pages out of it as he does not like books.
The following morning he pulls out all of the flowers in his garden, when doing this he sees Mr Happy.
Mr Happy wishes Mr Grumpy a good morning and he asks what is good about it. He asks Mr Happy to go away. Mr Happy tells Mr Grumpy that he is a bad tempered fellow and that he needed to change his ways.
Will Mr Grumpy change his ways and become a bit more happy or will he continue on being grumpy?
My boys found this book quite funny. They enjoyed seeing what Mr Grumpy was doing by looking at the nice bright pictures.
The book is laid out in a very easy to read way with the words on the left hand side of the book and the illustrations on the right hand side.
The story is very easy to read and follow and the boys stayed interested all the way through. The story is not long so it is ideal for a bed time read.
The one downside to this and all Mr Men books is that the writing is fairly small so it is hard for my 5 year old to help me read the words.
The book was written by Roger Hargreaves and was printed and published in 1990 by Egmont Books limited.
There are a total of 46 books in this Mr Men collection but there are also new story libraries available to buy as well.
This retail price for this book is £1.99 but they can be picked up cheaper so do shop around.
For more information on this or any book in the Mr Men collection then please visit www.mrmen.com
Book Series: Mr. Men Library