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Charles Roger Hargreaves (9 May 1935 – 11 September 1988) was an English author and illustrator of children's books, notably the Mr. Men and Little Miss series, intendedfor very young readers. The simple and humorous stories, with brightly-coloured, boldly drawn illustrations, have been part of popular culture for over 25 years, with salesof over 85 million copies worldwide in 20 languages
FamilyHargreaves and his wife had four children: Adam, Giles and twins Sophie and Amelia. The first of the Mr. Mencharacters is reported to have been created when Adam, at age 6, asked his father what a tickle looked like. Hargreaves drew a figure with a round orange body and long rubberyarms, which became Mr. Tickle.

Hargreaves spent a year working in his father's laundry and dry-cleaning business before starting out in advertising.[1][3] His originalambition was to be a cartoonist, and in 1971, while working as the creative director at a London firm, he wrote the first Mr. Men book, Mr. Tickle. Initially he haddifficulty finding a publisher, but once he did the books became an instant success, selling over one million copies within three years. In 1975 it spawned a BBC animatedtelevision series called the Mr. Men Show, Mr. Tickle being voiced by Arthur Lowe.

By 1976, Hargreaves had quit his day job. In 1981 the Little Miss series of books was launched,and in 1983 it also was made into a television series, narrated by John Alderton. He voiced the Men and Pauline Collins voiced the Misses. Although Hargreaves wrote manyother children's stories—including the Timbuctoo series of 25 books, John Mouse and the Roundy and Squarey books—he is best known for his 46 Mr. Men and 33 Little Miss books.
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