Little Miss Book Reviews #4


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 final batch of them.

Written by Roger Hargreaves

Rating:

Another basically cookie cutter “bad”, “naughty”, “trouble” character. We don’t need this many characters like this that basically do the same tired thing, bother other people. It also still has that same message of don’t be that way towards others, which is a great message. I can’t imagine though a child needing to hear this message THIS MANY TIMES! Then again we still have bullying issues in school, so maybe there does need to be this many books with that same message. I still don’t think it is needed though. Of the three this seems like the least substantial storywise, but this may be due to having read the other two similar ones first. I think you can skip this one for the most part. 


Written by Roger Hargreaves

Rating:

This was interesting, as it sorta had the message that don’t let some aspect of yourself be the reason that you don’t interact with others. That is a good message for anyone, but I found it especially poignant for me where I am in the world. It reached deep into my guts and said “hey, if this tiny girl can go be sociable, you can as well.” Yes, a child’s book made me recognize this. This means it could probably teach a child some of these same things. It could teach them to not look at their smallness as an excuse not to live their lives. This is probably one of the most important messages I can think to share with a child, especially in this fast-paced world. Even though she has some slight hiccups going into the world, it shows that when we rely on others we can go really far, meet new people, and simply live a wonderful life. I enjoyed this one and originally started to give it 3 magical balls, but I upped it to 4 because this is a more accurate representation of how I feel about it personally and what I think about it in the overall series. I definitely think this is a book you should read to your kids. It will provide a good chance to have some meaningful conversations about being king, helping others, and not giving up. 


Written by Roger Hargreaves

Rating:

This is probably the most popular of the “Little Miss” characters. Most people who know the series would recognize her design pretty quickly. Her story, however, was just meh to me. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I wanted something else for this popular character. I do, however, have to say that a parent could teach their child a very important lesson about how our attitudes can be based on our perspective of the world. If we constantly allow something we think is supposed to make us unhappy rule over us, we will indeed be unhappy. We sometimes have to make our own changes and find that happiness. It sometimes means saying no to things that have always seemed to be and finding how to move forward in our own lives. This can be a powerful message for a parent to share with their children. Tell them they are allowed to be in the world and to be happy in it. To find that spark that makes them happy and try to obtain it. It tells them to consider what is at heart of their perspective and find the truth in it, but find the truth that will lead to the path of happiness instead of the path of misery and despair. I definitely recommend this book, but I don’t think that it is the best of all the books that I have read. I still would recommend it though for parents. It is definitely valuable. 


That’s it for this “Little Miss” event! Tomorrow is an announcement for DECEMBER!

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