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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 is number 3 in the Mr Men new library collection, which like the Little Miss one has 12 stories in it. The story is called Mr. Silly gets the giggles. The front cover of the book shows Mr. Silly laughing so hard he is crying. He has a spade in his left hand and a pink tree in a pot on his right hand side. 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.
The book begins by telling us that Mr Silly lives in Nonsenseland where everything is utter nonsense. One morning last week Mr Silly had is breakfast and then went out into the garden. The day before he had bought a new tree but realised he did not have a hole to plant it in so he went to the hardware shop to buy a hole. Unfortunately they had sold out of holes and so Mr Silly decided there was nothing else to do but go in search of one.
Due to the fact that Mr Silly walked and walked and walked he found himself in Sensibleland and everything he saw really made him chuckle - I mean eh grass was green and so were the trees. More importantly though would Mr Silly find a hole?
This story is a really lovely one and due to the fact that Mr. Silly has always been one of my favourite characters this is also one of my favourite stories from the new library.
The book itself is printed in the 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.
All in all I cannot find fault with the wonderful story and would highly recommend that anyone with the original classic library or anyone just wanting a small Mr Men collection should certainly purchase this book.
Book Series: Mr. Men Library