I absolutely LOVE the Mr. Men and Little Miss series! So I was thrilled to bits when I realised there were Christmas editions of the books. They are unfortunately not widely available here in Sri Lanka - but if you see one, please do buy it!
For those who have never heard of the series, Roger Hargreaves was an English writer and illustrator who died in 1988. He is best remembered for the Mr. Men and Little Miss books which are humorous but simply written with bold and beautiful illustrations. The books were so hugely popular they spawned a BBC animated TV series. The first of the Mr. Men characters is reported to have been created when his son Adam, at age 6, asked his father what a tickle looked like. Hargreaves drew a figure with a round orange body and long rubbery arms, which became Mr. Tickle. The franchise has continued to expand even after his death, with his family adding to the library of books - there is even a Dr. Who version on Amazon!
It is the humour that my children and I love, whenever we sit down to enjoy a Mr. Men book. He knows how to use puns to rival Shakespeare! And to do it in such a simple way that would enthral a child - well, I doubt the Bard could do better! The illustrations are definitely the second reason we love the books. They are so colourful and bold. The pictures are as important as the text to the story, since some pages contain just a single sentence of writing.
The Christmas books include: Mr. Christmas, Little Miss Christmas, 12 days of Christmas, The Night before Christmas, A Christmas Carol, The Christmas Tree, White Christmas, Christmas Pantomime and Mr. Men meets Father Christmas.
As you can see, there are spin-off creations of famous stories by Charles Dickens and Clement Moore with the trademark brand of Mr. Men humour. The others follow the adventures of the 'Christmas' family. Little Miss Christmas and Mr. Christmas are the children of Father Christmas. Little Miss lives in the North Pole with her father, while her brother lives in the South Pole.
I own the book Little Miss Christmas. She is a very responsible and hard working person (unlike the rest of her family). One Christmas she feels the need for a relaxing holiday, and leaves the wrapping of the last few gifts to her brother and father. Unfortunately those two flakes spend all their time playing games and 'chilling out'. Little Miss Christmas returns to find lots of work to do and no time to do it. So she enlists the help of all her friends. I absolutely loved how she arranged the work schedule - for example, Mr. Bump was given only the soft toys to wrap (for obvious reasons!). Everything is finally ready by lunch time of Christmas Eve, only to find Father Christmas still playing cards!
These books can be read aloud to kids aged 3+