Monday, I mentioned I plan on doing reviews of the “Little Miss” book series the remainder of this week. There are numerous books within the series and I will not be reviewing them all. I decided since I had never read any of the books by Roger Hargreaves, so I would try some of them out. He has written numerous books within this series and also the “Mr. Men” series. Some of the books are also written by his son, Adam Hargreaves, due to his passing away in 1988 from several strokes. So some of these are completed by Adam and others are by the original creator Roger.
Which characters will I review? Lets jump right in to the second batch of them.
Written by Roger Hargreaves
As I progressed through this book, I found myself really disliking this book. The message of this one did not make a lot of sense to me. Little Miss Helpful is rather well unhelpful. Always trying to help others, but she does more damage than good. Honestly, this book felt like a book telling others not to help out others. I don’t like that message or moral from the book. This is why I could not give it a rather high rating, it just felt like it wasn’t a well-thought out concept for a book about helping others. Seriously, never feel bad for trying to help others, even when it turns out wrong. The artwork is wonderful, but that message overshadows everything about this book. I would not recommend reading this to a child, as it may confuse them on being nice to others or trying to help them out. I understand for a child they need a balance of being helpful and knowing when to step back to allow someone else to take care of things themselves, but that doesn’t really seem like the point of this particular book. If it had been, I would have recommended this. Due to that though, I would say leave this until the end of your “Little Miss” journey should you decide to take these on. This one is simply not really helpful.
Written by Roger Hargreaves
I don’t know that I am properly evaluating this book, given that I read it immediately after the horrendous book mentioned above. That book left a sour taste in my mouth. It made me instantly dislike some elements of this book. It felt that this book had no cohesive moral or plot. The main character wants to always be busy and is upset when she falls ill. She wants to keep doing, even when she has visitors. The book goes on like this and just seems to meander around being anything that you would expect about being busy and learning to relax. While the last page makes note of this, it just isn’t presented well through the story. This, however, isn’t a horrible story. I can see a child enjoying it and this is why it does not get the same rating as the above book. This would probably be a book I would recommend near the middle of the pact of books, if you were reading all of them. It seems like it would be enjoyable, but not one that would need to immediately be read.
That’s it for Day 2 of this “Little Miss” event!