The Blurb On The Back:
The Mr Men and Little MIss are celebrating Eid!
At the end of Ramadan, there will be a wonderful celebration with music, presents and a huge feast. The perfect opportunity for Little Miss Splendid to wear her most splendid hat and for Mr Greedy to wear his biggest napkin!
MR MEN AND LITTLE MISS – HAPPY EID was released in the United Kingdom on 31st March 2022. Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book
The Review (Cut For Spoilers):
It’s almost the end of Ramadan and Mr Greedy is helping his friend Aleena to prepare for Eid al-Fitr. The other Mr Men and Little Miss are also keen to help, although some are more helpful than others and some are downright naughty! Together, though, they help Aleena get ready for the celebration party and learn about Ramadan and Eid along the way.
Based on his father Roger Hargreaves’s hugely successful LITTLE MISS and MR MEN SERIES, Adam Hargreaves’s self-illustrated picture book has all the charm and silly humour of the original books but offers very young readers a chance to learn a little about Eid and Ramadan in a way that’s entertaining and informative.
I picked this up because I have very fond memories of the MR MEN SERIES. In fact, MR TICKLE was the very first book I remember reading by myself as a child (and I loved it so much that I scribbled all over the pages – no higher praise!) and I also loved the classic animated series narrated by Arthur Lowe. So I was really pleased to see that Roger’s son, Adam, has carried on with producing new books.
This book sees Mr Greedy helping his friend Aleena to prepare for Eid, not coincidentally, because it involves a lot of food (and we all know how much Mr Greedy likes food). Of course, the other Mr Men and Little Miss want to help, too, even though Mr Rush and Mr Bump are not as helpful at cleaning Aleena’s house as she may have wanted. As a reader, you learn a fair bit about Ramadan and Eid from the book, e.g. I hadn’t known that Eid was both a time for gift giving and for apologising and resolving disputes.
There’s a lot of silliness in the book (e.g. some of the Mr Men and Little Miss give very strange gifts) plus some naughtiness care of Little Miss Naughty but I didn’t think that it was disrespectful to Muslims or to the occasion. I also liked the fact that Aleena is shown as a Muslim wearing a headscarf and who is very patient with her friends because she knows they’re trying to help.
All in all, I thought this was a fun and informative book that’s perfect for parents who want to introduce their youngsters to what Eid is about but also great for adults of a certain age who are nostalgic for beloved characters from their youth.