The Blurb On The Back:
Mr Men Little Miss
The Royal Party
Little Miss Helpful is organising a very special party. A street party with Little Miss Princess as the guest of honour, no less!
But Little Miss Helpful isn’t as good at organising things as her name would suggest and so it isn’t long before things start to go wrong, especially once Little Miss Naughty gets involved!
MR MEN & LITTLE MISS – THE ROYAL PARTY was released in the United Kingdom on 28th April 2022. Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.
You can order MR MEN AND LITTLE MISS – THE ROYAL PARTY by Roger Hargreaves’s and Adam Hargreaves from Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK. I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.
The Review (Cut For Spoilers):
Little Miss Helpful is in a panic. She is trying to organise a street party where Little Miss Princess will be the guest of honour, but the more she tries to do, the more everything goes wrong – from mustard being put into scones to the bunting getting all tangled up! Fortunately, Little Miss Naughty offers to help her but Little Miss Helpful isn’t sure she likes the naughty glint in Little Miss Helpful’s eye. Surely Little Miss Naughty couldn’t plan to do something very naughty, could she …?
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 and although it’s aimed to tie in with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, works on its own merits aside from that. I particularly enjoyed Little Miss Naughty’s devilish cunning and how things nevertheless come good at the end.
I picked this up because I read MR MEN AND LITTLE MISS – HAPPY EID a couple of weeks ago, and really enjoyed seeing how Adam Hargreaves was continuing his dad’s work with new books. This book is clearly aimed at being a tie-in for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the UK (where street parties were being held) but to be honest, because there’s no direct reference to the Queen (with the party being for Little Miss Princess instead) you can pick this up and enjoy it on its own merits.
The story is a simple one: Little Miss Helpful wants to organise a party but isn’t very good at it. Little Miss Naughty volunteers to help and ropes in some of the other Mr Men and Little Miss characters to organise things but she has an ulterior motive for doing so that threatens everything.
There’s plenty of trademark Mr Men/Little Miss Silliness in the book, e.g. Mr Impossible helping with the weather and Little Miss Helpful accidentally making ham and jam sandwiches. Little Miss Naughty is very naughty indeed and I did like the descriptions of her crocodile smile (which is emphatically reinforced by the illustrations) and enjoyed how Little Miss Helpful was able to rescue things when Little Miss Naughty’s plan becomes apparent.
All in all, this is an entertaining and deeply silly book that kept me chuckling from beginning to end.