Roger Hargreaves

May 9, 2011 by staff 

Roger HargreavesRoger Hargreaves, Google is celebrating what would have been the 76th birthday of children’s author Roger Hargreaves with a series of squiggles that represent characters from the homepage of the popular Mr. Men and Little Miss books.

Doodlers Google have created more than a dozen versions of the company logo with cartoon characters from the books of Hargreaves, from Little Miss and Mr. Tickle Mr. Happy and dirty sir.

Hargreaves career as an author of children’s books began in 1971 when his son asked: “What does a tickle look like?” To explain, Hargreaves created the Mr Tickle, a little orange man with a big smile, the little blue hat, and very long arms. That led to five other characters-Mr. Greedy, Mr Nosey, Happy, Mr. Bump, and Mr. sneeze-books published for the first time on August 10, 1971.

The books were an immediate success, selling over a million copies in the first three years. In the mid 70′s, books Hargreaves became a cartoon series of the BBC, which was narrated by British actor Arthur Lowe. In 1981, the Little Miss series appeared, and became a BBC series in 1983.

Hargreaves died in 1988 after suffering a stroke. In 2004 his family sold the rights to Mr. Men and Little Miss characters and by about 45.7 million chorion, which produces the “Noddy” series of books for children. According Chorion, however, son Adam Hargreaves, who first inspired by his father’s books, now writes and illustrates the series.

Chorion said that the simplicity of the series appeals to all readers. It celebrated its 40th birthday this year, according to the editorial, a Mr. Men book is sold every 2.5 seconds around the world.

A complete diagram of Mr. Men and Little Miss characters can be found on the website of Mr. Men. To see all the doodles from today Hargreaves, click through the previous submission.

Google has made news for his own scribbles on the company website, for its part, including a drawing interactive underwater-themed in honor of the 183rd birthday of author Jules Verne and 17 holiday-themed doodles that live for two days in December.

Recently, it was revealed that Google received a patent for its popular home page scribbles that cover “systems and methods for enticing users to access a Web site.”

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