I was interested to learn that today marks the 40th anniversary of the first ever Mr Men book going on sale. It was Mr Tickle, written by Roger Hargreaves, and inspired by his then six year old son asking him what a tickle looks like. From that humble beginning has grown an amazing series of books – timeless classics which were as relevant to me as a child as they are now to my children. Sadly Roger Hargreaves died of a stroke in 1988, but the Mr Men tales live on, in the hands of his son Adam – the very son who inspired the whole series.
I remember the Mr Men stories very fondly from my childhood, and I’m delighted that the geekdaughter is now old enough to have them as bedtime stories. As I celebrated my own 40th birthday recently I feel even more love for the stories, knowing that we are of a similar age. In honour of their 40th birthday, here is a recording of me reading the geekdaughter her bedtime story tonight – Mr Perfect. I hope you enjoy it (and all the other Mr Men books) as much as we do
If you can’t see the audio player above, you can listen on the web here