The Blurb On The Back:
Discover more about You with the Mr Men and the Little Miss.
A new series to encourage children to understand more about their own emotions and how to manage them with the help of the Mr Men and Little Miss.
MR MEN LITTLE MISS ALL DIFFERENT was released in the United Kingdom on 4th August 2022. Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.
The Review (Cut For Spoilers):
Little Miss Tiny is very small – so small that she can’t get on the swing in the park. Mr Tickle wants to help her to understand that being small is what makes her, her, just as his long arms make him, him. Together they learn how all of the Mr Men and Little Miss have unique characters that make them special and Little Miss Tiny learns that being small is actually a super power.
Roger Hargreaves and Elizabeth’s Kilbey picture book (part of the DISCOVER YOU SERIES) uses the MR MEN and LITTLE MISS trade mark silly humour to explore what it means to be different and how characteristics that you think are disadvantages can actually make you special and powerful. It’s a lot of fun and there’s advice for parents, care givers and teachers at the end with suggestions on how to read the book with young readers.
Part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because MR TICKLE was the first book that I remember reading by myself when I was about 4 years old. I must have enjoyed it because I scribbled all over the inside of it with a ballpoint pen. My criticism skills have evolved since then and although I still have anxiety dreams about Mr Tickle’s long arms coming out from under the bed to grab me, I still have a soft spot for him so it’s good to read a book where he explains how much he loves his extraordinarily long arms and how useful he finds them.
I really enjoyed the message about accepting what makes you different and looking at the advantages that those differences give you. There’s a really strong message here about body positivity but also about being true to yourself and what makes you different – a message that’s reinforced by reference to the Little Miss Twins, who each have their own distinct personality. I also really liked the kindness that you see the Mr Men and Little Miss display to each other and the various friendships at work – it’s a great thing to get across to young readers.
If I had one criticism of the book it’s that Mr Tickle still likes to tickle people without asking them first and I’m not sure that’s such a good thing to have in this day and age. But that is a a very small point and did not affect my overall view of the book.
There’s a little section at the end for parents, care givers and teachers about how they can read the book with young readers, which is useful.
All in all, it’s a fun and silly read but one that succeeds in getting across a serious message and on that basis, I think it’s worth a look.Little Miss Tiny is very small – so small that she can’t get on the swing in the park. Mr Tickle wants to help her to understand that being small is what makes her, her, just as his long arms make him, him. Together they learn how all of the Mr Men and Little Miss have unique characters that make them special and Little Miss Tiny learns how being small is actually a super power.