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Mr. Men Library: Mr. Tickle - 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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      29.12.2011 23:03
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      Mr Tickle

      Tickle tickle.

      I think Mr Tickle is one of the funniest looking Mr Men of the whole bunch. He is round and orange and has long funny wobbly arms that are just perfect for tickling people. He also wears a little blue hat on the top of his head.

      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 Tickle is actually the first book in the series of Mr Men books and was released in 1971.

      Mr Tickle's story is not a very exciting one but still quite funny. He finds that he doesn't need to get out of bed to make his breakfast because of his really long arms. Wouldn't we all love that, how cool would that be!!

      Mr Tickle then goes about his day by tickling people he meets along his way, such as a teacher, policeman and a doctor, that is really all that happens but reading it and watching their reactions is priceless.

      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.

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        30.05.2011 04:49
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        He looks funny but its the arms that will make you laugh

        Mr Tickle is an iconic children's book, it is one of the original Mr Men books and was the first book written by Roger Hargreaves in the Mr Men Series.

        Mr Tickle as the name might suggest likes to tickle people, he is a smiley orange man with very long arms which allow him to tickle people who are quite far away from him.

        This is a 36 page small paperback with illustrations on each page, it is a fun book made more so by the fact that when reading it to your child or your niece/nephew/grandchild you can always sneak a few tickles into the story, which make it more of a surprise and help to reinforce how much fun this book really is.

        This is a classic Mr Men book, it is well written and easy to read, i have been practicing with these with my nieces and nephews, the story is pretty simple but well put together, Mr Tickle is obviously a weird looking chap but he finds his place in the Mr Men society and makes lots of friends with his World Class tickling skills.

        The book is small and well presented with iconic drawings, I bought this as part of a Mr Men box set from Thebookpeople for £30 and am working my way through these one by one, the drawings and landscapes are bold and very arty, they draw young readers in and are simple enough for even the least verbally dexterous adult to sound funny and enjoy sharing the experience with young kids.

        I enjoyed this as a child and still enjoyed reading it now, which for me is a sure sign of longevity and quality. Recommended

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        18.08.2010 10:11
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        The original Mr.Men adventure!

        Mr.Tickle is the first of the original Mr.Men books as written by Roger Hargreaves way back in the seventies and introduces us to the character of the title and the things he gets up to during the course of his day.

        Mr.Tickle has extraordinary long arms and is able to reach for long distances enabling him to get up to all sorts of mischief! But he does not just use his arms for causing mayhem! Mr.Tickle can also reach all the way down to his kitchen and help himself to breakfast without even leaving his bed!! How cool and useful would that be?

        On this paticular day, the sun is shining, it is a beautiful day and so Mr.Tickle decides to head out and do some serious tickling. This book describes all the people he encounters during his day and the consequences of all his tickling action! Unlike some of the early Mr.Men books, it does not carry any paticular moral message and does not strive to teach us anything but instead is just a piece of fun! And because of that, it has rightfully earned its place as a children's classic that has not aged a single bit since the day of its original publication!

        These original books are a lot more fun than the characters of the new reinvented Mr.Men show that is shown weekdays on channel Five's Milkshake which seems to have lost something in its modern day translation. Instead of being comic slapstick a la The Pink Panther Show, these books instead contain nsimple elrements of humour that appeal to kids and adults alike.

        And for that reason they will never go out of style!

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        19.03.2010 15:21
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        Would like to try other Mr men books due to the success of this one

        I was hoping my son would get some more books at Christmas as I was getting fed up with reading the same ones over and over. He did get quite a few new ones thankfully. Anyway last night one of his older ones came back out at that is his Mr Tickle book. I was happy to read it again as hadn't for a few months.
        Mr Tickle is one of the Mr Men a well know collection written by Roger Hargreaves. I think they must be at least 50 different Mr Men books available and then there are the Little Miss books too.

        Each Mr Men book is a different character which could be Mr Happy, Mr small, Mr tall, Mr bump, Mr Dizzy, Mr Topsy Turvy or any of the lots of others.
        Each Mr looks different from his colour to his shape and the hat he wears.
        This particular Mr Tickle book is one of the larger sized ones which is RRP £4.99. The smaller size books are available from £1.99
        Mr Tickle is orange and round and has extraordinary long arms. He wears a small round blue hat.
        The story starts with him waking up in his house by the woods and him being able to then reach his arm out of the bedroom down the stairs and into the kitchen cupboard to reach a biscuit and bring it back upstairs. Wish I could do that. He decide that today would be a tickling day and goes in search of victims to tickle. He tickles the school teacher who couldn't see him which made all the children laugh. Next was the policeman who was directly traffic, He ended up causing a traffic jam. Then he tickled the train conductor, the doctor, butcher and postman. Leaving a trail of upset and disaster in his wake he headed home after his day of tickling...
        My son loves the end bit where you read that maybe Mr Tickles arm is coming up our stairs right now and then it's coming into the bedroom to give him a tickle, for this bit we use a feather for tickling each other...
        A friend read him the story once and gave him the feather and it has stayed with the book since.

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          03.03.2010 12:05
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          Another great book in the Mr Men series!

          Mr Tickle

          Number 1 in Roger Hargreaves Mr Men series of books is Mr Tickle.

          On the usual, small white square book stands a round, orange, smiley chap with extra long wiggly arms, one of these long wiggly arms holding up his hat.

          Here we learn that there are such things as 'Tickles' as Mr Tickle is one of them! Tickles have extra long, wiggly arms that can reach so far just to, well tickle things! Mr Tickles arms are that long he could lay in bed and reach outside his door, down the stairs and into the cupboard in his kitchen to fetch himself a cookie. Wow! Mr Tickle liked tickling people and making them laugh so he set off on a tickling task. He tickled everyone even a school teacher and a postman. But did all these people like being tickled by these exxxttrraaa long wavy arms?

          I enjoyed reading this book with my twins it's colourful, vibrant and fun. A very 'imaginative' story, rather than a realistic one. One that could really get a childs brain ticking over and imagining all these 'fun' ticklish things that they could do if they had these enormous wiggly arms to. I like books that have a fun, energetic story that kids can get lost into, a childs imagination can be amazing and books like this really encourage them to roleplay, think new things, act out games. I find books like this can keep children engrossed, engaged and happy. Mr Tickle is a very happy character and this shines throughout the book. It is an extremely happy and laughable story which matches his character perfectly. A child especially would consider his extremely long tickly arms highly amusing, I mean just imagine what you could do with a pair of them, I know children would sit an imagine this type of thing!

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            16.10.2008 11:34
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            A story that every child will love

            I have truly adored the Mr Men and Little Miss books throughout my childhood as has my younger brother. The books are all written by Roger Hargreaves who was inspired to write them after his son asked him what a Tickle was one day. This tiny question sparked in Hargreaves' imagination and soon these fantastic stories about wonderful characters that capture the imagination of children where filling the shelves and flying off them just as quickly.

            The Mr Men series itself contains 46 stories of which 43 where written by Roger Hargreaves, the final three being written by his son Adam, who was the original inspiration. Each book has a picture of the character on the front and then smaller pictures of all the other characters on the back to enable you to keep track of which you have read and which you are yet to read.

            Mr Tickle is number 1 in the Mr Men collection and is one of the most well-loved and popular characters from the entire collection. He is a warm and bright orange in colour and circular in shape. Out of this circular body are two exceptionally long arms that just love to tickle. Mr Tickle also has a blue bowler hat on his head and is always smiling.

            The story within this fantastic little book is exceptionally simple. Mr Tickle spends his days tickling people and is happiest when those around him are squirming with laughter. The day in which the book joins Mr Tickle we see him walk up and decide that today is a brilliant day for a tickling spree. Before he goes out into the town however Mr Tickle makes himself breakfast, without getting out of bed his arms are so long. After munching through his breakfast though he heads out into the town his tickling arms stretched out before him.

            During the day he tickles a Policeman, a school teacher and a postman as well as many other colourful characters. The question is though who is Mr Tickle going to tickle next? You better watch out because it could just be you!

            This book really does tell a wonderful and warm tale and I have yet to find a small child who does not like this story. The book is perfect for reading out loud and especially suited for bedtime reading due to the shortness of the book (it takes roughly 5-10 minutes to read).

            The printing format is the same as in all of the other Mr Men books and consists of writing on the left hand size of the book that is printed in a manageable size font and magnificently colourful and charming pictures on the right hand side that once again capture and hold the attention of children.

            Mr Men books retail around the £2.50 mark but can be found selling for a cheaper price in most supermarkets and online retailers. If you are interested in purchasing the Mr Men and/or Little Miss books in bulk it may also be worth your while paying attention to book club magazines as well as Ebay as there are frequently many bargains to be had.

            My final word on this book however has to be that like Mr Tickle and his tickling, once you start collecting these fantastic stories you just won't want to stop.

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              07.10.2008 17:17
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              Mr Men No.1 Mr Tickle

              In 1971, Roger Hargreaves wrote the first of his now famous Mr Men books, Mr Tickle. It all came about after his son had asked him what a tickle looked like, and as you can see from the picture, it is a warm orange colour with long windy, snake like arms, all the better for tickling people with.

              Mr Tickle is the first of 42 original Hargreaves Mr Men books, and it shows Mr Tickle waking up one day and deciding that it is a good day to tickle people. He can make breakfast without getting out of bed because of his extraordinary long arms, and then goes out of the house to start tickling. He manages to tickle the policeman and the postman amongst others, and at the end, it tells you that you could be next and to watch around corners in case Mr Tickle is waiting.

              The book is a lovely tale, and incredibly popular with kids. I was a big fan when I was a kid, and my mum still has the majority of them nice and neat at home. I like the vibrant colours used by Hargreaves for the illustrations, which are all on the right hand side of the double page, with the writing telling the story on the left. The writing is easy for children to listen to without getting bored, but is probably a bit too advanced for kids just starting out to read themselves.

              Each Mr Men book retails at £2.50, and you can buy them in most bookshops. This is one of my favourite Mr Men books, and is also the first in the series.

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              12.05.2008 20:47
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              Great book for your child!

              The Mr Men Collection is perfect for the little ones, many children these days watch hours of TV every day and don't appreciate the wonders of reading books, this can change and you can help, reading to your child every day can help him/her more than you imagine.

              Mr Tickle is a round orange Mr Men, with extremely long arms which allow him to tickle people to death, he has a blue hat that he always wears. In this book there are many more pictures of his adventure which help your child's imagination.
              As you would expect he loves tickling and one day he woke hungry, hungry for tickles! He went to look for someone to tickle and he found...

              This book only costs £1.99 and can bring fun entertaining times to enjoy with your son or daughter. As I metioned before this book is full of wonderful illustrations, full of colur and happiness which draws a child's attention.

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                26.03.2008 21:49
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                A Fun tickling day with Mr Tickle

                Mr Tickle is number 1 in the Mr Men collection. He is a round shaped person with exceptionally long arms and is orange in colour. He also wears a blue hat.

                The cover of the book is white with a picture of Mr Tickle at the bottom and the title above in black lettering. The back cover of the book is also white and has smaller pictures showing the other characters available.

                THE STORY

                The book starts with it being a warm sunny day and Mr Tickle is in his house in bed. We are told that there is such a thing as a tickle and that they are small and round and have arms which stretch and stretch and stretch.

                Mr Tickle is fast asleep in bed where he was dreaming of something funny which made him laugh out loud and wake himself up. He woke up feeling hungry so he reached on of his exceptionally long arms around the bedroom door, down the stairs, opened the kitchen door, reached into the cupboard, opened the biscuit tin and took out a biscuit and he took his arm and biscuit back up to his bed. He sat in bed eating his biscuits and looked out of the window and decided that today was a tickling day.

                After he had eaten his breakfast and tidied away he went out for a walk trying to find somebody to tickle.

                Would Mr Tickle be able to find someone to tickle or would he spend the day looking?

                MY OPINION

                This book is loved in my house as my boys get lots of tickles when we are reading it together. The story is told in nice simple words which makes it easy for young children to understand and follow.

                The book has lots of nice bright illustrations which help to keep the boys involved and they are helpful to see just how long Mr Tickles arms are.

                The book is set out in a very simple way with the writing on plain white pages on the left hand side and the illustrations on the right hand side. The writing is quite small which means that my eldest does not try to read the book independently which is a shame as they would be great books for beginners as the stories are fun and short.

                The story can be read in under 5 minutes so this is an ideal bedtime read.

                INFO

                The book was written by Roger Hargreaves and published by Egmont UK Limited.

                The retail price for this book is £1.99 but they can be picked up for £1.49 IN Wilkinson's and they are still available on offer in Morrison's with 2 books for £2.00.

                MR Tickle is number 1 in the Mr Men collection and there are 46 characters in total each having their own book.

                If you would like any further information on this or any character in the collection then please visit www.mrmen.com

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                  25.03.2008 23:13
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                  A great book with a great moral.

                  Mr Tickle is the first book in the series of 46 Mr Men books. First published in 1971. It is written by Roger Hargreaves. A loveable character is he. Mr Tickle has extraordinary long orange arms attached to a round orange body, always has a big smile on his face and wears a small blue hat. If you didn't know, Mr Tickle lives in a place called Happy Land. He is a very clever chappy, having those long arms come in very handy sometimes.

                  The book I am reviewing is the paperback version and has 18 pages in total split between writing and pictures. We bought our copy for £1.49 from our local Sussex Bookshop, though the back of the book says its RRP is £1.99. We bought the book recently due to his popularity with my son after watching the new Mr Men show on Milkshake weekday mornings at 7:30 on channel 5.

                  The story starts with Mr Tickle at home in his small house asleep, it explains briefly what tickles are and how they have very long arms. This part of the book makes a great moment to show your kids what some tickling can do! It always makes my boy laugh. He wakes up after having a funny dream and feels hungry. You see Mr Tickle is so clever he doesnt even have to leave his bed, he just reaches his long arms all the way down his stairs to his kitchen and raids his biscuit tin.After making his bed and had his breakfast he sets off looking for someone to tickle.

                  First he finds a school and puts his arms through a classroom window and tickles a teacher, hiding everytime the teacher looks to see who is doing it. Then a poor unsuspecting policeman causing a traffic jam. He then goes round the town tickling a greengrocer, railway guard, doctor, butcher and the postman. After a long day of causing havoc tickling half the town workers Mr Tickle returns home and laughs to himself about all the people he has tickled. The end of th book goes onto warn those amongst us that are ticklish that to beware of Mr Tickle as he could be just round the corner waiting to tickle you with those very long arms.

                  The book is an absolute favourite with my eldest son, he loves the humour and how tickling people can be funny but also naughty if done in the wrong situations, it has taught him that sometimes certain actions can cause bad accidents. So a good moral to this story. There are a few paragraphs on each page which makes the book easy to read and accompanied by some nice colourful illustrations of each character being tickled.All in all a great book.

                  The book also advertises a Mr Men website at www.Mrmen.com.

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                    14.03.2008 21:34
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                    TICKLED OVER AND OVER AGAIN

                    Mr Tickle is the first and original Mr Men, which appeared in 1971. He was to be the first in a long line of short stories produced by Roger Hargreaves and later, on his son Adam. His appeal has not faded throughout the years and he is still a favourite. My son was drawn to this book and it started the Mr Men and Little Miss frenzy now happening in our house.

                    Mr Tickle is a small round orange being with extraordinarily long arms that stretch and stretch and are very handy for tickling. He appears on the cover of this book with a very wide smile and lifting his little blue hat as if to say hello.

                    The story starts with Mr Tickle asleep in his house on the other side of the woods. He woke up after laughing out loud in his sleep and felt hungry. He decides to stretch his extraordinary long arms to reach into the downstairs kitchen and took a biscuit to bring back up to bed with him. Now he is looking forward to the day ahead and decides that it is a good day for tickling. So he sets off looking for anybody to tickle.
                    He proceeds to cause havoc through the town.
                    He tickles a teacher and send a wave of laughter through the classroom without the teacher knowing what has happened, he tickles the policeman, the doctor as well as the railway station guard (amongst others) and in turn causes the train to be late and leaving the passenger furious. Each tickle has its consequence but Mr Tickle is happy to be doing what he likes to do and no one is spared,
                    Mr Tickle then goes home and laughs every time he thinks of the day's tickles but if you are ticklish beware of those long arms as they may be right behind you ,maybe even now, and you could be well and truly tickled...!

                    The appeal of this book is that it appeals to children as it has visual stimulation with the pictures on the right hand side and this particular book promotes interaction as it asks question (eg: Do you know what he did and the like). It is also quite short and an easy read. In short it is the format of a great book to introduce children to reading and interacting with a parent.

                    This is always a winner in our house as we mimick MR Tickle's antics with real tickles. My son really enjoys it and considering it was his first Mr Men book, it is the most read in our house.

                    This book is number 1 in the series. Subsequent titles are shown on the back cover and depending when your book was printed, it will show you what was available at the time. There is currently 46 Mr Men Titles and current issues are priced £2.50 but can be found on offer. Currently in Morrissons for 2 for £2 and I find mine in charity shop for around 0.50p each or on car boots for various prices.

                    There is also Mr Men merchandise available. I have recently bought Mr Men underwear in Asda for my son for around £4.50 for 6 and there are t-shirts available in Marks and Spencers 2 for £10.00 (although Mr Tickle t-shirt is not guaranteed- have been trying to get hold of one for 6 months now).

                    For more information, visit www.mrmen.com (will show you the current offer on book storage and other info)

                    ISBN: 0-7498-5182-1

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