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Happy 40th Birthday Mr Men

Written by The Reader, 11th August 2011

Today we wish Mr Grumpy, Little Miss Sunshine, Mr Tickle, Mr Happy, Little Miss Naughty and Mr Messy, and many others, a very happy 40th Birthday!

Mr Tickle first appeared on bookshelves in 1971 and since then an astonishing 120 million Mr Men and Little Miss books have been sold worldwide - an average of one every 2.5 seconds. The average household in the UK owns more than one Mr Men or Little Miss book, with total sales in the UK alone now at more than 75 million. In the last decade Roger Hargreaves became the third best-selling British author, topped only by JK Rowling and Dan Brown.

If your day needs brightening up, it's worth paying a visit to the Mr Men website and also, The Independent have a video on their site to show you how to draw Mr Grumpy. (I know what I'll be spending my evening doing...)

So, tell us, who's your favourite Mr Men or Little Miss?

7 thoughts on “Happy 40th Birthday Mr Men

Lisa says:

Mr Bump and Little Miss Tiny (I can relate to them both…)

Brian says:

I think I can associate with everyone of the Mr Men at some point in my life (Approximately 50 of them)

Niall says:

I just like this blog post! Favourites: Mr Strong, Mr Grumpy, Mr Happy and Mr Messy (I have 2 of them on a t-shirt and one as a pair of slippers) Sad?

Niall says:

Mr Grumpy,Mr Messy,Mr Strong and Mr Happy – I have two on t-shirts and one on slippers.

Jen says:

Mr Bump!

fiona says:

Mr Silly, Mr Messy and Mr Nonsense were the all time favourites for my daughter and I – all those years ago – and don’t ask how many please!


Miss Splendid for me – reminds me of my Mother in Law

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