The 76th birthday of Roger Hargreaves, the English author and illustrator who delighted generations of children with his Mr Men books, has been celebrated by the unveiling of no less than 16 Google doodles.
Ranging from Mr Forgetful to Little Miss Tiny, the doodle image changes each time the page is reloaded.
More than 100m books based on Hargreaves’s characters have been sold worldwide in 28 countries, while five more were completed by his son Adam, but even greater world domination may yet be on the way in the form of a big screen adaptation.
Twentieth Century Fox’s animation department is working on the project although it is unclear whether the Little Miss characters will feature.
Hargreaves’s stories have been adapted into four animated television series, most recently airing in the UK on Channel 5 in 2008 and 2009. A total of 46 Mr Men and 33 Little Miss characters were created.
The first of the Mr Men characters is said have been created when Adam Hargreaves asked his father what a tickle looked like.
Hargreaves drew a figure with a round orange body and long, rubbery arms. Mr Tickle had been born.
Adam, who has said that the simplicity of the characters was the key to their success, took over the running of the Mr Men empire after his father died of a stroke in 1988 at the age of 53.