These characters are so enduring and still so well-loved fifty years after their creation, that this book will make a fun addition to your collection and, indeed, to your classroom unit on Australia, if you are building up a solid title list for that purpose.
The gang is heading down-under or according to Mr Topsy Turvy puts it ‘up over’ and each has a different take on what they want to put on their ‘must see/do’ list. Little Miss Somersault is definitely up to the challenge of planning their itinerary though.
Whether it’s climbing the Harbour Bridge – which is just the ticket for Mr Tall, though not so much for Mr Jelly! – watching the cricket at the Adelaide Oval, checking out the wildlife in Tasmania or riding the Indian Pacific, this is a terrific virtual trip around our great country for any reader.
My single slight criticism is that if you are going to talk about Bondi Beach and life guards, the illustration should be accurate (albeit I know the life saver was rescuing Mr Wrong!). Our life guards are so iconic and famous around the world I can’t imagine why anyone would draw them with blue shirts!!! (The Kid has just gained her red-and-yellows at our local club – and we are fiercely proud of her achievement).
Aside from that this a terrific addition to your library or classroom and I highly recommend it to you.
In 1971 Roger Hargreaves wrote the first of what was to become one of the most well-known and iconic book series for children, after his small son asked him what a tickle would look like. No doubt in the beginning, particularly having found it difficult to secure a publishing deal, he had no idea that fifty years later this best-loved series would still be going from strength to strength.
Celebrations world-wide this year are a testament to the enduring popularity of the series and its characters as well commemorative coins being commissioned by the UK Mint, the introduction of a new Mr and Miss (as voted for by the public – 73 k of them!) and a range of merchandise and activities available via the official website.
When Roger died in his early 50s, the brand was taken over by his son Adam who has continued to delight children around the world as he creates more characters as well as designing merchandise, seasonal/special books, various formats such as board books and more. With over 90 characters in the Mr/Miss world there is bound to be a personality to fit every child reader – and some adults as well! (I know how much I love my Little Miss Bossy shirt!)
I’m keen for our library team to go full Mr/Little Miss this Book Week and if I can persuade them, I’ll be sure to share the photos!
In the meantime, why not buy this beautiful gold-foiled commemorative copy for a special little Mr or Miss in your circle?
Recommended with delight for little readers from toddler upwards.