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Mr Small: A Big Day Out is the 2nd in the series of the New Library collection of books featuring Roger Hargreaves' Mr Men. The books are created by Roger's son Adam, who has continued his father's work.
Mr Small is, as you can guess, really small, and this story features him feeling sorry for himself because he is so small. One day, whilst on a walk, he wishes he was bigger, and happens to do so very near a wizard, who grants him the unintentional wish.
Mr Small then spends the rest of the day going around the other Mr Men, seeing if he is noisier than Mr Noisy, taller than Mr Tall, and stronger than Mr Strong. What will happen at the end of the day, though?...............
It's good addition to the collection. It's not the best though, with other tales being a bit more exciting than this one. Even so, there is one thing that is for sure, and that is the feel of the books. Adam has successfully recreated his father's style of artwork, ensuring that, whilst the text is easy to read and simple on one page, the opposite page contains rich and vibrant colours for the illustrations. The colours are warm and the contours curved as opposed to jagged and rough, giving a more relaxing feel to them. My 5 year old son likes these books, as I liked the originals when I was a child. OKay, okay, I still like them, now, too!
I find them very good reading tools when you're trying to encourage a 5 year old to practise his reading. The pictures and interesting stories help promote reading as he wants to find out what is going on, and I'll quite happily let him sit on the living floor and read through one of these until he's bored.
The books aren't too long, either. If I was to read an entire one as a bedtime story, for example, it would probably only take about 5 minutes, so they're short enough, and compact enough, to be very useful and not drag in their story.
So, although this particular story isn't the best out of the New Library mr Men books, it's still highly entertaining and I rate it very highly. 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. 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 12 in the Mr Men new library collection, which like the Little Miss one has 12 stories in it, making this one the final addition. The story itself is called Mr. Small a big day out and the front cover of the book sports a colourful picture of a tiny Mr Small being dwarfed by a huge blue bowler hat. 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 that has gone into the making of the characters that makes them so wonderful to read. Mr Small himself is because of his size rather an endearing characters and I can see why small children are so attracted to him because his viewpoint of the world must be quite similar to there's a lot of the time.
In this delightful little story Mr Small is feeling rather sorry for himself because everything is rather difficult when you are as small as Mr Small. He decides to go for a walk because he is feeling down and stops under a tree for a rest. Whilst there he wishes that he was bigger. Little does he know that on the other side of this tree is a dozing wizard and this wizard grants Mr Smalls wish for him.
What will happen when Mr Small is not very small anymore, how long will the wizard's spell last and what will happen when it's all over?
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 find a single fault with this tremendous little book and would therefore 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.
Book Series: Mr. Men Library