Nobody's here (11.03.10)
to you. He's one of Roger Hargreaves' Mr. Men,
and he's in the news because he's back in print, after quite
Mr. Nobody first appeared in a limited edition book
but then spent twenty years lost - or should that be "invisible"?
in the archives until he was rediscovered by Adam Hargreaves.
All this see-through chap wants to do is to become someone,
somehow, someday. Which he does, is, has, now. Well, you
get where we're coming from.
The last really-honestly-new Mr. Man to join the throng
Mr. Men & Little Misses was Mr.
who arrived in 2004.
But Mr. Nobody now becomes, officially, the 47th Mr.
character. That's a whole lot of Mr.
Men. One for every facet
of the human condition, just about. It must be getting
and harder to come up with new ones.
The Hound can still recall the very first arrivals,
like it was
yesterday. Back in 1971 we had Mr. Tickle, Mr. Greedy,
Mr. Happy, Mr.Nosey, Mr. Sneeze, Mr. Bump and Mr. Snow.
Seven fab characters in seven fab books that this young
simply had to collect. I got three for my birthday, whilst
caravanning in Devon, and spent a chunk of the day giving
my brothers suitablly silly "Mr." names. And
that's a game that
must have been played in so many young households of
years. Referencing the characters is now part of everyday
conversation, isn't it?
But here's a thing. Mr.
is very much the odd man out here.
After all, he has nothing to do with any human trait
I thought it odd, all those years ago, and it still
niggles me now.
Maybe he embodies the internal joy you experience, during
the festive period. You know, that fuzzy feeling you
He's a unique and magic Mr. Man for a unique and
Erm. Or something like that. But whilst you're musing
let's remind you that Mr.
features new artwork by Adam
Hargreaves and it was published by Egmont Books on
March 1st, 2010...
The Mr Men