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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. 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.
The story I am going to review now is number 10 in the Mr Men new library collection, which like the Little Miss one has 12 stories in it. The story is called Mr Mischief a spot of trouble and the front cover of the book sports a colourful picture of Mr Mischief covered in spots, which he is painting over with a can of yellow paint. The back of the book has smaller pictures of all the books in the Mr Men and Little Miss new story library's making it easy for you to keep track of which ones you have left to buy and read.
Like all the Mr Men and Little Miss books the story itself is relatively simple but it is the love that it is clear has gone into the making of the characters that makes them so wonderful to read. In this book we see Mr Mischief wake up one morning feeling rather ill. When he looks in the mirror he is covered in spots and so makes an appointment with the doctor. Dr Makeyouwell tells Mr Mischief he has measles and should stay in bed for a while. He also tells him that measles is catching.
Now Mr Mischief does not like the prospect of spending a week in bed. After all you can't make mischief there but inadvertently Dr Makeyouwell has given him an excuse not to go to bed. He can make mischief by passing on his spots. Oh what fun....
As is common for the Mr Men books this one is printed in the very familiar format of text on the left hand side of the book and pictures on the right hand side. This format is more than suited to the book because the pictures engage the attention of those too young to understand the story properly and the writing engages the others. Furthermore it adds colour and life to the characters that live within the pages.
I have already mentioned that the story isn't particularly complex and that it is this that makes them wonderful but the simplicity of the stories also makes them perfect for children who have just learnt to read. The book itself contains a bit of repetition, which makes recognising words easier but also uses language that won't patronise a slightly more confident reader.
All in all I cannot really find fault with this super little read and would highly recommend it to absolutely anyone with children. The book is perfect on its own but even better as part of the wonderful library of Mr Men tales.