Meet Mr Calm and Little Miss Brave! Popular children’s book series Mr Men introduces two new characters to mark its 50th anniversary after 70,000 voted for the ‘modern’ additions
- The Mr Men collection released two new books voted for by public worldwide
- Mr Calm and Little Miss Brave are newest additions to mark 50th anniversary
- Mr Calm loves yoga and the outdoors, while Little Miss Brave loves speaking out
Two new Mr Men and Little Miss books have been released to mark the popular children’s series’ 50th anniversary.
Mr Calm and Little Miss Brave are the newest additions to the collection after members of the public from across the world voted on who should join the world of colourful characters, created by British author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves in 1971.
Little Miss Brave is fearless and never hesitates to speak out for her friends, while Mr Calm enjoys yoga and climbing, encourages his friends to think before they act and never loses his cool.
As many as 70,000 people voted in favour of the new characters last month, claiming the two names resonated with them the most.
Mr Calm, pictured, and Little Miss Brave are the newest additions to the Mr Men and Little Miss collection after the public voted on which characters should join the world of colourful characters, which was created by British author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves in 1971
Mr Calm, who is blue, smiley and wears flip-flops and glasses, is a quiet and wise character who ‘appreciates the simple things in life’.
Meanwhile, Little Miss Brave, a blue-green character with a purple ponytail, always champions causes close to her heart, especially her friends.
The two characters were selected by the general public from a list of five options.
The other potential characters suggested were Little Miss Energy, Mr Brilliant and Little Miss Kind.
Roger Hargreaves created the first ever Mr Men character, Mr Tickle, in 1971 and it was an immediate hit, selling 3 million copies in just one year.
Little Miss Brave, pictured and her fellow new character Mr Calm, have been published today to mark the Mr Men collection’s 50th anniversary
Following on the books’ initial success, the BBC even adapted them in a cartoon series in 1974.
Since then, the collection has sold 250 million books worldwide, including 600,000 copies in the UK in 2019.
It is the best-selling children’s books collection in France and the second largest pre-school brand in the UK.
Hargreaves, who was born in the town of Cleckheaton, in West Yorkshire, created the first 43 characters of the collection.
At first, all the characters were male, but from 1981, Hargreaves started the sister collection ‘Little Miss,’ with female characters.
The last character Roger created before his death was the 43rd character, Mr Cheerful.
West Yorkshire author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves, pictured, created the first ever Mr Men character, Mr Tickle in 1971
The Mr Men and Little Miss collection has sold 250 million copies worldwide since it was first published (pictured: some of the Mr Men most iconic character, including Mr Tickle)
After his death in 1988, aged 53, his son Adam took over and created the remainder of the characters.
‘The 50th Anniversary year has been an incredible journey and I’ve loved getting the public involved in shaping the future of the brand,’ Adam said on the collection him and his father built.
Pictured: the first ever edition of Mr Tickle, with his very long arms
‘It’s a real testament to my father that the characters are so well loved. I’m delighted to welcome Mr. Calm and Little Miss Brave to the rest of our diverse set of personalities and I’m excited to share their stories with everyone,’ he said.
Alastair McHarrie, the director of Sanrio Licensing, who owns the Mr Men, said: ‘We were overwhelmed at seeing over 70,000 consumer votes from across the world earlier this year as we released the names of five new potential characters for the public to choose from.
‘Calmness and bravery are two very welcome additions to the Mr Men Little Miss family. What a way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary and here’s to the next 50,’ he added.
You can buy Mr Calm and Little Miss Brave online and in bookstores from today for £4,49
Adam Hargreaves, pictured, took over the collection after his father Roger died in 1988 after creating the first 43 characters
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