About the Mr Men
Note: This was put together quickly, and is by no means authorative
The Mr Men were originally created by Roger Hargreaves in 1971, after being asked by his son, "What does a tickle look like?". Since then Roger Hargreaves went on to write an entire series of Mr Men, personifying charactaristics such as being mean, tall or clever.
The series was originally called the "Mister" series. The first books cost a mere 15p to buy, and consisted of (I think) Mr Tickle, Mr Greedy, Mr Nosey, Mr Happy, Mr Sneeze and Mr Bump.
The first Mr Men animated series was produced in 1974, narrated by Authur Lowe. Since then several new animated series have been made, featuring the more recent Mr Men and Little Miss characters.
In 1981, the first Little Miss book was published, to complement the Mr Men. Amoung the first were books such as Little Miss Bossy and the ever-popular Little Miss Naughty. Later books included Little Miss Twins, modelled after Roger's twin daugthers.
Roger Hargreaves died in 1988, having created more than 70 Mr Men and Little Miss characters. His son Adam continued drawing and writing Mr Men and Little Miss books, and has written several new stories featuring old characters - the new story library.
As a celebration for the 30th birthday of the Mr Men in 2001, a competition was held to create a new Mr Man, and the winner, Gemma Almond, inspired the creation of Mr Cheeky.
The Mr Men books have been translated into many different languages, and in this process several other Mr Men characters have been created by editors around the world, such as "Madame Oui" in France. Additionally, some characters have been renamed for foreign markets, such as Mr Jelly being known as Mr Nervous in the USA.
In 2003, in an effort to update the Mr Men and Little Misses for the modern age, Adam Hargreaves added several new characters: Mr Good, Mr Cool, Mr Rude, Little Miss Bad, Little Miss Scary and Little Miss Whoops.
In April 2004, the copyright was sold to Chorion.
Last Modified: 23rd April 2007.