50 MR MEN & LITTLE MISS NICE LITTLE NUMBERS
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 11th August 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
50 MR MEN & LITTLE MISS NICE LITTLE NUMBERS
All to continue our celebrating 50 years since the books were launched 10th August 1971
1 90 – With a cast of over 90 characters the Mr. Men and Little Miss have brought fun and laughter to generations of families for over 50 years. Currently one Mr. Men and Little Miss book is sold every 2.5 seconds worldwide, and lifetime sales total of over 250 million books.
2 55 – Original Mr Men Books including the latest new one published 2021.
3 41 – Original Little Miss Books including the latest new one published 2021.
4 19 – Special Mr Men who apear in books or events – See the full list in TOP 19 Below.
5 600,000 – Over 600,000 Mr. Men Little Miss books were sold in the UK in 2019
6 2nd largest pre-school brand in the UK children’s market
7 1 – Mr. Men Little Miss is the number one selling children’s book in France
8 15% growth in UK publishing 2016 to 2018
9 2x – The largest European growth markets are Greece and Israel, which have seen year on year sales double since 2017 and double sales figures since 2018 retrospectively
10 25% – China is predicted to expand the Mr. Men Little Miss business with the 25% market share following doubling year on year sales
11 33% – A third of Brits own a Mr Men or Little Miss book
12 17 – Mr. Men Little Miss books are published in 17 languages worldwide
13 50 years – Founded by the late Roger Hargreaves the series was created in 1971 starting with Mr. Tickle, turning 50 in 2021
14 76 – Google celebrated what would have been Roger Hargreaves, the creator of Mr Men and Little Miss’ 76th birthday, 9 May 2011, with a series of 16 Google Doodles on its global homepage.
15 1st – The first Mr. Men book, Mr. Tickle, was rejected by all the big publishers in the UK, before being published by Fabbri book in 1971
16 28 – The Mr. Men book series was also made into a cartoon television series, that was made into 28 episodes
17 13 – TV Series 1 (1974) 13 Episodes
18 15 – TV Series 2 (1978) 15 Episodes
19 13 – In 1983, husband and wife team John Alderton and Pauline Collins narrated 13 TV episodes of Little Miss programmes, which again reproduced the books perfectly.
20 1975 – The first TV episode was produced by Terry Ward’s company in 1975. The voices and narration were done by Arthur Lowe.
21 £5 coin – The £5 coin featuring Mr Happy is released just a day after Britain’s decimal coin system turns 50 years old. The first Mr Men book was published in August 1971
22 15,000 – Although Mr Tickle will not feature on a coin, 50 special golden tickets featuring him will be hidden among 15,000 coloured £5 Mr Happy coins, which will go on sale for £22.50.
23 250 million – The Mr Men and Little Miss books have been a family favourite for five generations, with a lifetime of sales totalling 250 million books.
24 80 – There are 80 licensees selling Mr. Men and Little Miss products
25 2.5 seconds – The books are still loved today, with a Mr Men and Little Miss book sold every 2.5 seconds of every day worldwide.
26 2020 – Little Miss Sunshine and Little Miss Hug were the top-selling books in the series in 2020.
27 6 – There are 6 Mr. Men for Grown-Ups Mr. Greedy Eats Clean to Get Lean (2017), Mr. Happy and the Office Party (2017), Little Miss Busy Surviving Motherhood (2017), Little Miss Shy Goes Online Dating (2017), Mr. Grumpy Nails Fatherhood (2018), Little Miss Lucky is Getting Married (2018
28 13 – Mr. Men & Little Miss (Adventures) There were 13 Mr Men Little Miss Adventure Books, Mr. Men Adventure with Dinosaurs, Mr. Men Adventure in Egypt, Mr. Men Adventure with Knights
29 14 – There are 14 Special editions. The Mr. Men on Holiday (1976), The Mr. Men Christmas (1976), The Mr. Men Sports Day (1977), Little Miss Jealous, etc
30 “34 – 34 Mr. Men & Little Miss (Celebrations) Books. Mr. Birthday (2006), Little Miss Birthday (2006), Mr. Men: A Christmas Pantomime (2010), Mr. Men: The Big Match (March 2014), Mr. Men and the Tooth Fairy (August 2014), , Mr. Men: Trip to the Moon (August 2014)
Little Miss Splendid and the Beast (December 2014) Etc., Etc.”
31 12 – “Mr. Men” New Library. 12 Titles Mr. Topsy-Turvy the Round Way Wrong (2006), Mr. Small a Big Day Out (2006), Mr. Tickle in a Tangle (2006) etc., etc.
32 12 – “Little Miss” New Library 12 Titles Little Miss Stubborn and the Wrong Advice (2006), Little Miss Sunshine Keeps Her Smile (2006), Little Miss Contrary All in a Muddle (2006), Little Miss Dotty Has a Dotty Day Out (2006),
33 15 – Mr. Men & Little Miss (Everyday) 15 Titles: Mr. Men on the Farm, Mr. Men Making Music, Mr. Men go Camping, Mr. Men New Pet, Mr. Men go to the Doctor.
34 20 – Mr. Men & Little Miss (Magic) 20 Titles . Little Miss Sunshine and the Wicked Witch, Little Miss Trouble and the Mermaid, Mr. Bump and the Knight, Mr. Funny and the Magic Lamp, Mr. Greedy and the Gingerbread Man
35 3 – r. Men & Little Miss (At Work) 3 Titles Mr. Men: Hospital, Mr. Men: Fire Station, Mr. Men: Police Station.
36 3 – 3 Promotional editions (free with L’Oreal Kids shampoo). Little Miss Sunshine and the Splendid Hair Day (2002), Mr. Daydream and the Big Splash (2003), Little Miss Chatterbox and and the Burst Strawberry (2003).
37 2 – 2 Books in the “Be My” series, Be My Little Miss Sunshine, Be My Mr. Happy
38 10 – 10 Grown-up Mr Men & Little Miss Guides. Mr. Bump’s Guide to DIY (2000), Mr. Lazy’s Guide to Fitness (2000), Mr. Mean’s Guide to Management (2000),Little Miss Chatterbox’s Guide to Text Messages (2001), Little Miss Naughty’s Guide To Love (2001), Little Miss Trouble’s Guide to Men (2002), Little Miss Chatterbox’s Guide to Gossip (2003), Mr. Greedy’s Guide to Food, Mr. Messy’s Guide to Student Life, Mr. Tickle’s Guide to Women (2002).
39 16-18 – Each book contains a title page and 16 to 18 text pages.
40 15-18 – Each book contains a title page and 15 to 17 colour illustrations
41 31-35 – In total each book contains a title page and 31 t0 35 pages.
42 14 – The books are paperback with dimensions of 14 cm x 12.6 cm.
43 104 – The Mr. Men Show (sometimes referred to as Mr. Men and Little Miss) is a British-American animated children’s television series. Based on the Mr. Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves, it was made into a television variety program consisting of sketches, pantomimes, choreographic visuals and music videos. The series aired in the United States on Cartoon Network and Boomerang and on Channel 5’s Milkshake! in the United Kingdom. No. of seasons 2. No. of episodes 104.
44 1977 – Sstarting in 1977, British newspapers The Mirror and Daily Mail published a Mr. Men comic strip,
45 1979 – In 1979 BBC records released The Mr. Men Songs.
46 345 – REC 345 The Mr Men record album by Arthur Lowe with 12 Mr Men Songs on the BBC label .
47 2010 – Unlike most other Mr. Men albums, these songs are still acknowledged by Mr Men Official in current day, being featured as one of the points on the website’s about page and being used as background music in the 50th Anniversary Documentary by Matt Lucas. A CD version was released in the early 2010s as “The ‘Original’ MR. MEN Songs”. Its said by Joe Campbell (who helped compose the songs) that after many requests they decided they would rerelease it for a new generation of children and parents alike.
48 1982 – Mr. Men Song is an educational song that teaches you about times tables and sums. It was a part of the LP Up To 10 With The Mr Men, which was released back in 1982. Said LP includes 9 original Mr. Men stories read by Arthur Lowe which are all maths related and a times tables song at the end sung by Roy Castle. The song most likely got a single record release along with The Winter Song (which was also sung by Roy Castle) on side B, but images of this version remain limited.
49 60 minutes – 50 Years of Mr Men is a 60 minute documentary with Matt Lucas and was shown on Channel 4 on Sunday 17 May at 6pm.
50 Roger Hargreaves, Mr Men & Little Miss creator, was born 9 May 1935 and died 11 September 1988 Aged 53 Years.
Bonus 1. 2 – 2 Mr. Men books have Hargreaves drawn in them. He appears in: Mr. Small and Little Miss Star
Bonus 2. 10 – The number of Series by Roger Hargreaves is 10: 1.Mr. Men 2.Little Miss 3.Walter Worm. 4.John Mouse 5.Albert Elephant Count Worm and Grandfather Clock, 6.I am…, 7.Timbuctoo, 8.Hippo Potto and Mouse, 9.Easy Peasy People (also by Gray Jolliffe), 10.Roundy and Squarey
Bonus 3. 58 – Adam Hargreaves (born 18 June 1963) is an English author and illustrator. The son of Roger Hargreaves, he continues his father’s popular Mr. Men series of children’s books, including 14 titles comprising 6 Mr. Men and 8 Little Misses. The younger Hargreaves also served as inspiration for the series. When, at age 8, he asked his father “What does a tickle look like?”, Roger was inspired by that question to create the first book, Mr. Tickle, published in 1971.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP NINETEEN OTHER MR MEN CHARACTERS WITHOUT DEDICATED BOOKS
Other Mr. Men
Title Release Year
1 Mr. Miserable 1971 (only appeared in ‘Mr. Happy’)
2 Mr. Mean’s Brother 1976 (only appeared in ‘Mr. Mean’)
3 Mr. Stupid 1977 (Only appeared in a Railway Safety Poster)
4 Mr. Right 1978 (only appeared in ‘Mr. Wrong’)
5 Mr. Magic 1980 (Only appeared in the 1980 Mr. Men magazine)
6 Mr. Spendy Was used by a Bank to help kids save money
7 Mr. Thrifty (Only appeared in ‘Mr. Spendy’)
8 Mr. All-Goes-Wrong 1992 (Only appeared in ‘Little Miss All-Goes-Well’)
9 Mr. Beefeater Was seen in Beefeater Steak House and was used to promote the food along with other Mr. Men
10 Mr. Scatterbrain 2008 (Little Miss Scatterbrain’s counterpart in The Mr. Men Show)
11 Mr. Stubborn 2008 (Little Miss Stubborn’s counterpart in The Mr. Men Show)
12 Mr. Metal 2009 (Only appears in The Mr. Men Show episode Robots)
13 Mr. First Was seen in a WorldFirst Ad
14 Mr. Quiffy Based on fashion designer Henry Holland, and featured on clothing
15 Mr. Glug Created by Evian to promote healthy drinking. Featured on merchandise and a special website.
16 Mr. Gap Created by GAP, and featured on clothing
17 Mr. Fun Featured as part of a promotion with The Toy Store, as well as an activity book
18 Mr. Try Created by Uniqlo for an exclusive clothing line.
19 Mr. Brilliant 2021 (created for a new character vote to celebrate the series’ 50th anniversary)
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
It is not the length of life, but the depth. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happiness is….just dozing in the sun.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Failed my art exam by using the wrong pencil. It just wasn’t 2B!
Love is…not having unrealistic expectations of each other.
A time to worry…A time not to worry.
1968 The start of National Apple Week in England. The Beatles launched their new record label, Apple.
1909 The first recorded use of the new emergency wireless signal SOS.
1873 Bertram Mills, British circus proprietor, was born.
1897 The birth of Enid Blyton, English author (also known as Mary Pollock). Her work has been translated into nearly 90 languages and her literary output was an estimated 800 books, with 8,000,000 sales, over roughly 40 years.
2008: Airbnb is founded by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk.
1965: Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his business partner Tony Calder launch Immediate Records.records.
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