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Mr. Men Library: Mr. Messy - Roger Hargreaves
I grew up in the 1970s, when Roger Hargreaves had wrote just 12 Mr Men books, although now his son took over writing the series and introducing Little Miss.
=The Mr Men Series=
When my daughter was born, I started collecting the Mr Men series of books, and the first one that I brought for her was Mr Messy, although my favourite was Mr Bump.
=Value for Money=
The good thing with the Mr Men books, is that you can buy them in single purchases, whether that is car boots, charity stores, book shops, eBay, generally anywhere.
=Mr Messy Book=
As with all the other books they have the picture of the character on the front, with Mr Messy it is a big pink swirly mess, with a huge grin on his face. I always remember thinking why was this a man, with a pink body. The front cover is a thick plastic feel, and has the picture of the character and the name on the front.
As you would guess Mr Messy is a messy person, and the story begins by introducing you to Mr Messy and his messy house, never mind his messy live.
The story is based on one day in Mr Messy's life, when he takes a walk and comes across two of his fellow characters, Mr Neat and Mr Tidy, they both decide to take him to their home, which as you guess is neat and tidy, but what does Mr messt think of this?
=Structure of the StoryLine=
The book is a simple layout, on the left hand page is the story, the text is bold, but smaller than I would expect, whilst on the right hand side is a picture, the picture corresponds with the text of the story.
On the back of the book is the picture of the rest of the characters and what number there book is, so that if you do want to continue the collection you can do.
The books are designed for 5 to 8 year old children to read, but I use to read the stories to my daughter from a younger age, even if it was just the picture she was intrigued in, it didn't matter as she was learning in a round about way.
Even nearly 40 years later, these books have held there place in everyones heart, young or old, Mr Men books still bring a smile to me.
=Would I recommend=
A big yes, as there great value, can be picked up cheaply and your never short of a Christmas stocking.
Without sounding daft, these have a good resale market, as when my daughter grew out of hers I sold them on eBay and covered a good part of what I had paid for them.
Mr Messy is a book that comes from a large collection of books many of us will remember. I can clearly remember the Mr and Little Miss books from my childhood and now my son's are enjoying the very same stories. The fact you can build up your collection over time is great and never leaves you stuck for little presents for your child. One of my eldest son's favourite is Mr Messy.
The front cover of this book is as I remember all Mr and Little Miss books to be very plain and simple with the title of the book written at the top large and bold followed underneath by the author the great Roger Hargreaves in swirly writing and under that a large picture of the character themselves. In this case a lovely big picture of Mr Messy, a big pink swirly mess with a huge grin on his face.
Mr Messy is as you would guess a messy person. The story begins by introducing you to Mr Messy and his messy house he lives in and his messy life. The story takes off on a particular day when Mr Messy takes a walk and comes across a couple of people who seem to be the complete opposite to him Mr Neat and Mr Tidy. Mr Messy talks to the two men about what they do and eventually things take a dramatic turn for Mr Messy when the two take him and his house on but what does Mr Messy think?!
The structure of this book is very simple just like the front cover. On the left hand side page there is a good amount of text written quite small but bold and on the right hand side is a picture to accompany the text. The pictures are quite simple and needs a child with a bit of imagination to lead on the story. The colours of the pictures are lovely and bright and make the book cheerful. Reading the story is very easy and it tends to all flow onwards.
As with all Mr and Little Miss books the back covers have all the other stories in the series. I used to love looking at this when I was younger counting down how many more I needed. This book is no different with all the Mr Men stories available.
My son enjoys this story and out of all the Mr Men books he has he often chooses this one to be read. He loves the outcome at the end of the book it never fails to put a smile on his face. He finds it funny that the characters are so different which I also like. It shows it doesn't matter if you are completely different you can still be friends. As an adult I can easily say I still love Mr Men books and I really don't mind which one's I read.
I managed to pick this version up from our local Works shop for 99pence which I thought was a bargain. Most well known book stores still stock Mr Men books and if you don't mind searching you can often pick them up in charity shops for a great price. I myself don't mind paying the full retail price though as they are great books to keep. And like I said you are never stuck for a little treat whether it's a stocking filler at Christmas or just a reward treat.
Mr Messy can be found at number 8 in the Mr Men Series by Roger Hargreaves.
He can be found on the usual small, white square book, he's a pink squiggly character happily smiling.
Mr Messy was the messiest person. He was a chewed up, squiggly mess and he lived in one to. His house was sooo untidy, and even the garden behind it to.
One day Mr Messy went for a walk, he left his messy house and walked through his untidy garden and through the wood at the back of it. Walking through the woods he soon stopped and found himself standing in front of a lovely, tidy little cottage and two men popped up Mr Neat and Mr Tidy.
People paid this duo to tidy up their things and keep them neat and that is exactly what they intended to do with Mr Messy when they seen the state of him.
Could they really sort out Mr Messy's messy lifestyle?
I found this story quite boring, repetitive and longwinded. Theres no fun or character to it just mess and tidying, how boring are chores though so it's not going to be a winner in a storybook for children in my opinion. It's a shame as the look of Mr Messy's character seems quite wild and fun, I expected the story to be quite messy, wild and different a bit like his actual 'look'. Instead it was dull and way too straightforward - a messy character who learns how to tidy up. I suppose it could be seen as a good thing if reading it to child as we all probably know how messy and untidy children can be so this book in all honesty could actually encouragae children to keep things neat and tidy, the way the actual characters actually do throughout the book.
Some of the pages have quite alot of writing on them, again making it boring and bland. I didn't really enjoy reading it to my twins, so there would have been no enthusiasm in my voice therefore my boys didn't enjoy listening to it either. For younger children there was too much writing on one page to really keep them interested, and as I didn't really enjoy the story that much I lacked enthusiasm in my voice making it even more longwinded for my 2 year olds.
The only good thing it had going for it really was the colourful pictures on each page, they all look bright, vibrant and fun but the majority of Mr Men books got this!
Now if you haven't gathered by now that the Mr Men and Little Miss books have played a big art in my childhood then you probably never will no matter how many reviews I write. But just in case you haven't read any of my other Mr Men/Little Miss reviews I'll tell you once more: I LOVE THE MR MEN AND LITTLE MISS BOOKS!! J
The Mr Men series itself contains 46 books and the book I am reviewing today, Mr Messy, is number 8 in that series. Mr Messy is a stringy pink character that looks exceptionally messy, hence his name. A picture of him with a broad grin can be found in the centre of the books plain white cover and above the picture is printed his name.
The back of the small square book is also white but this time contains smaller pictures of all the other Mr Men characters alongside their names and numbers. In my opinion this is a brilliant feature, as it makes it easier to find out which book to purchase next. The price of the book is also located on the back. My copy has the price tag £1.25 but I the book currently retails for £2.50 although it can be purchased for less if you shop around.
Mr Messy is the messiest person you will ever meet. It is easy to tell where he has been because he leaves a trail of mucky fingerprints behind him. One morning Mr Messy decided to go for a walk and after tripping over his garden rake entered the woods. At the other side of the woods he saw the tidiest little house he had ever seen. It is here that he also met Mr Neat and Mr Tidy.
Now as you can imagine Mr Neat and Mr Tidy are very tidy people and Mr Messy is not at all tidy as you have already heard. Within moments they have bundled him into their van and are headed towards his messy little house. But what will happen when they get there?
This story like all the others within the collection is written in a brilliant way to engage the attention of children. The stories told are simple yet not simplistic and the tried and tested format of writing on the left hand side and wonderful colourful images on the right ensures that children are forever entertained when either reading this story or listening to it being read. The text itself is also rather short making the story perfect for bedtime reading.
Mr Messy is a brilliant character in my opinion and his story another great addition to the collection. This being said I would therefore highly recommend it to everyone with small children, as I can near enough guarantee that they, like me, will love this great tale.
Mr Messy is the 8th book in the Mr Men series, created by Roger Hargreaves in 1971. The first 7 were published in 1971, and this was the first to be published in 1972. Many of the books have a moral to the story, and tried to give kids a gentle push in the right direction. This book deals with being messy, hence the title.
Mr Messy is messy in every way. He looks messy, he lives in a messy house, and one day he is paid a visit by Mr Neat and Mr Tidy, two Mr Men obsessed with being neat and tidy. Together, they help Mr Messy by tidying his house up before turning their attentions to Mr Messy himself. Mr Messy is just that - a mess. The other Mr Men are all a certain colour and a definite shape, whereas Mr Messy is like a loose ball of pink string with a mouth and eyes. By the time Mr Neat and Mr Tidy have finished with him, he looks completely different, but you'll have to get the book to see the results.
This book's message is trying to give children the idea that it is bad to be messy and good to be neat and tidy, which is a good message to send across. The illustrations in the book are very good, and are full of strong and vibrant colours. The writing is on the left hand pages with the illustrations being on the right hand pages. The story itself is easy to read to kids, and nice for kids to read once they're a little older and have been reading for a bit.
The Mr Men books retail at £2.50 and are available from most bookshops. I recommend them as well as the Little Miss books.
Mr Messy is one of the many books in the Mr Men collection, this collection is full of fun little stories like Mr Messy that children will love to bits.
Mr Messy is a funny looking character; he is made of bright pink scribbles with only a pair of black eyes and a smiley mouth over all of these scribbles.
Like all Mr Men books, it starts introducing the Mr Men the book is about telling you all his habits and what his house looks like and so on.
Mr Messy wakes up in the morning and makes a mess, after that he decides to go for a walk where he accidently finds the neatest house ever, he meets Mr Tidy and Mr Neat who tell Messy that they tidy up peoples houses for them, they offer to tidy up Mr Messy´s house and...
This book is full of wonderful pictures that children will enjoy, the story is simple and interesting for kids so they will easily be able to have a great time reading.
You can purchase this book off Amazon for the price of 2.50 which is a great deal.
Yes, another classic book from the man, Mr Roger Haegraves himself. I love this set of books and only wish I could afford the £70 to buy them for when my baby gets older.
This book is a really good way to learn your child to be tidy! I remember reading this book at Primary school with my lovely primary school teacher (arnet they always lovely).
The book was soft back and was white with a big cartoon image on the front of Mr Messy.
My Messy had this name as he was really messy. His house was messy as was his garden. He did not look after his house and it was dropping to bits, e.g the garden gate falling off the hinges and paint peeling off the walls.
The great thing about this book is that it involves other characters from the set , Mr Neat and Mr Tidy.
One day Mr Messy has decides to go for a walk when he stumbles across them. Mr Neat and Mr Tidy and the most tidiest house ever. Mr Messy gets talking to Mr Messy and ask him to help them tidy up, suprisingly Mr Messy agreed and helped tidy up the garden and the house. My messy eventually got tidy and became really good friends with the other two.
A great fun story to help your child tidy up as they tend to want to be either Mr Neat or Mr Tidy, nobody wants to be Mr Messy, so when their room is untidy simply say "Mr Messy are you" and that should do the trick!! :)
This book costs around 2 pounds from most book stores.
Mr Messy is number 8 in the Mr Men collection. He is made up from messy scribbled lines which are pink in colour.
The book has a white cover which has a picture of Mr Messy and the title above this in black letters. The back of the book has smaller pictures showing the other characters available in the collection.
The book starts by giving us some details about Mr Messy and telling us that he is the messiest person you will ever meet and that you can always see where he has been as he leaves a trail of messy fingerprints. We are also shown a picture of his house which has paint peeling off, roof tiles missing and a very overgrown messy garden.
The story starts by Mr Messy getting out of bed and having a wash and brushing his teeth. He then goes on to have his breakfast where he makes a mess.
After his breakfast he goes for a walk, he trips over a brush which he has left in the garden but carries on with his walk through the woods behind his house. When he comes out the other side of the woods he finds the neatest tidiest house he has ever seen.
Outside the house he meets Mr Neat and Mr Tidy. They say that they are in business together doing up peoples houses making them very tidy and neat. They offer to go and work on Mr Messy's house but he says he likes it being messy. They say this is nonsense and they take him in their van to his house.
Will they make Mr Messy tidy or will he still be messy?
This is a very fun book. The story is quite funny and the boys love hearing about all the funny messy things he does.
The story is accompanied by very nice bright illustrations which help to keep the boys involved in the book and to stop them wondering off.
The book is laid out in the same way as all the other Mr Men books with the text on the left hand pages and the illustrations on the right hand side. The only downside to this and the other books in the collection is that the text is quite small so it doesn't encourage my eldest to try to help me read the words.
The book can be read in about 5 minutes which makes it ideal for a bedtime story or a short read if you haven't got much time.
The book was written by Roger Hargreaves and published by Egmont Limited.
The retail price for this is £1.99 but they can be found cheaper in smaller book shop and Wilkinson's do sell them for £1.49.
There are 46 Mr Men characters in this collection each having their own story book.
For more information on this or any book in the collection please visit www.mrmen.com