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Charles Roger Hargreaves (9 May 193511 September 1988) was a British cartoonist, illustrator, author, and writer of children's books. He created the Mr. Men series, Little Miss series and Timbuctoo series, intended for young readers. The simple and humorous stories, with bold, brightly coloured illustrations, have sales of over 85 million copies worldwide in 20 languages. The first title in the series, Mr. Tickle, was published in August 1971.

Birth[]

Charles Roger Hargreaves was born in a private hospital at 1 Bath Road, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, England, on 9 May 1935 to Alfred Reginald Hargreaves and Ethel Mary Hargreaves. He grew up at 703 Halifax Road, Hartshead Moor, Cleckheaton, outside of which there now is a commemorative plaque.

Early life[]

Hargreaves attended Sowerby Bridge Grammar School (now Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge). He then spent a year working in his father's laundry and dry-cleaning business before gaining employment in advertising. By 1968, he was creative director of the Foote, Cone & Belding agency where he wrote slogans such as "Emigrate to Canada Dry (for the sake of your Scotch)". Originally wanting to become a cartoonist, in 1971, he created a successful series of characters used to promote Askit Powders on television (these were used from 1971 to 1994).

Career[]

Also, in 1971 while working as the creative director at a London firm, he wrote the first Mr. Men book, Mr. Tickle. Initially, he had difficulty finding a publisher, but once he did, the books became an instant success, selling over one million copies within three years. In 1974, the books spawned a BBC animated television series narrated by Arthur Lowe. A second series the following year saw newer titles transmitted in double bill format with those from the first series.

By 1976, Hargreaves had quit his day job. In 1981, the Little Miss series of books was launched and in 1983, it also was made into a television series narrated by Pauline Collins and her husband, John Alderton. Although Hargreaves wrote many other children's stories—including the Timbuctoo series of 25 books, John Mouse and the Roundy and Squarey books—he is best known for his 46 Mr. Men and 33 Little Miss books.

Death[]

Between 1975 and 1982, Hargreaves lived with his family on Guernsey. Then, they settled at Sussex House Farm near Cowden, Kent. Hargreaves died on 11 September 1988 at the age of 53 and at the Kent and Sussex Hospital in Royal Tunbridge Wells following a sudden stroke. He was buried in Cowden, East Sussex. He bought the adjacent field to the grave yard at Cowden Church so that he could be buried there. After his death, his son, Adam, continued writing and drawing the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters with new stories (while signing the covers in his father's signature). In April 2004, Hargreaves' widow Christine sold the rights to the Mr. Men characters to the UK entertainment group Chorion, for £28 million. In December 2011, Chorion sold the Mr. Men brand and its associated merchandise business to Japan's Sanrio.

On 4 March 2021, Hargreaves was posthumously awarded a gold Blue Peter badge.

Family[]

Hargreaves and his wife had four children: Adam, Giles, and twins Sophie and Amelia. The first of the Mr. Men characters was allegedly created when Hargreaves' son Adam, then aged 8, asked his father what a tickle looked like. Hargreaves drew a figure with a round orange body and long arms which later became Mr. Tickle.

Series by Roger Hargreaves[]

Appears in other books[]

Some Mr. Men books have himself drawn in them. He appears in:

Legacy[]

Google celebrated what would have been his 76th birthday, 9 May 2011, with a series of 16 Google Doodles on its global homepage.

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Mr. Men and Little Miss
Mr. Men Mr. Tickle · Mr. Greedy · Mr. Happy · Mr. Nosey · Mr. Sneeze · Mr. Bump · Mr. Snow · Mr. Messy · Mr. Topsy-Turvy · Mr. Silly · Mr. Snooty · Mr. Small · Mr. Daydream · Mr. Forgetful · Mr. Jelly · Mr. Noisy · Mr. Lazy · Mr. Funny · Mr. Mean · Mr. Chatterbox · Mr. Fussy · Mr. Bounce · Mr. Muddle · Mr. Dizzy · Mr. Impossible · Mr. Strong · Mr. Grumpy · Mr. Clumsy · Mr. Quiet · Mr. Rush · Mr. Tall · Mr. Worry · Mr. Nonsense · Mr. Wrong · Mr. Skinny · Mr. Mischief · Mr. Clever · Mr. Busy · Mr. Slow · Mr. Brave · Mr. Grumble · Mr. Perfect · Mr. Cheerful · Mr. Cool · Mr. Rude · Mr. Good · Mr. Nobody · Mr. Marvelous · Mr. Adventure · Mr. Calm · Mr. Fib
Little Misses Little Miss Bossy · Little Miss Naughty · Little Miss Neat · Little Miss Sunshine · Little Miss Tiny · Little Miss Trouble · Little Miss Helpful · Little Miss Magic · Little Miss Shy · Little Miss Splendid · Little Miss Late · Little Miss Scatterbrain · Little Miss Greedy · Little Miss Giggles · Little Miss Twins · Little Miss Chatterbox · Little Miss Dotty · Little Miss Lucky · Little Miss Star · Little Miss Fickle · Little Miss Contrary · Little Miss Busy · Little Miss Quick · Little Miss Wise · Little Miss Tidy · Little Miss Brainy · Little Miss Stubborn · Little Miss Curious · Little Miss Fun · Little Miss Somersault · Little Miss Scary · Little Miss Bad · Little Miss Whoops · Little Miss Princess · Little Miss Hug · Little Miss Fabulous · Little Miss Sparkle · Little Miss Inventor · Little Miss Brave · Little Miss Surprise
Special Mr. Men and Little Misses Mr. Cheeky · Mr. Christmas · Mr. Birthday · Little Miss Jealous · Little Miss Christmas · Little Miss Birthday · Little Miss Stella · Mr. Moustache · Little Miss Explorer · Little Miss Valentine · Mr. Bolt · Little Miss Waste Less · Mr. Octopus
Little Miss Spice Girls Little Miss Baby · Little Miss Ginger · Little Miss Scary (Spice Girls) · Little Miss Sporty
Dr. Men Dr. First · Dr. Second · Dr. Third · Dr. Fourth · Dr. Fifth · Dr. Sixth · Dr. Seventh · Dr. Eighth · Dr. Ninth · Dr. Tenth · Dr. Eleventh · Dr. Twelfth · Dr. Thirteenth
French-exclusive Mr. Men and Little Misses Mr. Brawler · Mr. No · Little Miss Brilliant · Little Miss Busy-Body · Little Miss Carefree · Little Miss Careful · Little Miss Loud · Little Miss Pretty · Little Miss Prim · Little Miss Show-Off · Little Miss Yes
Characters originally from The Mr. Men Show Little Miss Calamity · Little Miss Daredevil · Mr. Scatterbrain · Mr. Stubborn · Mr. Metal · Little Miss Strong · Ghost · Caveman · Mummy · Cave-Nosey · Cave-Small · Mr. Rude's family · Mr. Fussy's unnamed relative · Loretto the Venus Flytrap · Swamp Creature
SDMN x Mr. Men Mr. Behzinga · Mr. KSI · Mr. Miniminter · Mr. Tobjizzle · Mr. Vikkstar123 · Mr. W2S · Mr. Zerkaa
Miscellaneous Mr. Men and Little Misses Mr. Roundy · Mr. Squary · Mr. Stupid · Grandfather Clock · Mr. Magic · Mr. Amazed · Mr. Beefeater · Mr. Calm (Olivetti) · Mr. Neat · Mr. Panic · Mr. Diligent · Mr. Spendy · Little Miss Cawaii · Little Miss Fashion · Mr. Walk · Mr. GUMGUMGUM · Mr. ML · Mr. First · Mr. Quiffy · Mr. Glug · Mr. Gap · Little Miss Gap · Mr. Fun · Mr. Try · Little Miss Hats’n’Hair-do’s · Little Miss Unbelievable · Little Miss Voyager · Mr. Isle of Man · Little Miss Miracle · Mr. No (Mishaps and Mayhem) · Mr. Brilliant · Little Miss Kind · Little Miss Energy · Other Mr. Men
Appeared in other characters' stories Mr. Miserable · Mr. Right · Mr. Thrifty · Mrs. Thrifty · Little Miss Penny · Little Miss Prudence · Wilfred the Wizard · Mr. Careless · Little Miss Nobody · Mr. Mean's brother · Little Miss Bump · Mr. Beefeater's Family
The Mr. Men Musical Characters Doctor Trotter · Zenda
Humans and Other beings Walter the Worm · Mr. Stamp · Dr. Makeyouwell · Mr. Chips · Mrs. Crumb · Father Christmas · Mr. Pots · Mr. Brush · The Wizard · Mrs. Cage · Mr. Brick · Mr. Tune · Jack · Percy Pork · Chuckles the Clown · Farmer Fields · Elves · Mr. Bottle · George · Mr. Mayor · Mr. Bowler · Tramp · Mr. Busy And Mr. Bustle · Mrs. Scrub · Mr. Black · PC Whistle · Tess · Mr. Bacon · William · Queen of Miseryland · Miseryland Jester · King of the Goblins · Dark Knight · Stormy Knight · Starry Knight · Mr. Herd · King of Nonsenseland · Mr. Robinson · Aleena · King of Miseryland · Mr. Foolish · Mr. Muddle (Farmer) · Mrs. Nincompoop · Mrs. Washer · Mr. Tidy and Mr. Neat · Jimmy · Mr. Barley · Railway Station Guard · Dr. Plump · The Giant · Shop Assistant · Mrs. Cushion
Authors Roger Hargreaves · Adam Hargreaves
Shows Mr. Men (cartoon) · Little Miss (Cartoon) · Mr. Men and Little Miss · The Mr. Men Show · Mr. Men Little Miss / ミスターメン リトルミス · Mr. Men Little Miss Mini Cinema · Untitled Mr. Men Series
Other Mr. Men Studio


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