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Mr. Happy (Mr. Men and Little Miss) Paperback – September 29, 1997

Book 3 of 10 in the Mr. Men Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Mr. Men and Little Miss
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Price Stern Sloan (September 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843178094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843178098
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The late Roger Hargreaves created the Mr. Men series for his son, Adam, who currently oversees the estate and creates illustrations for new Mr. Men books.

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In this book, Mr Happy in Happyland stumbles upon Mr Miserable and teaches him to be happy.
A. Courie
And really, to everyone under our bright star, I wish a sunny trees and rolling grassy fields under kind yellow sunlight.
Diego
I will be shearing this with my son tomorrow night hopefully it will make him happy too!!!!
adrien

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Hamilton Richardson on March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
In his third work, Mr Happy, Hargreaves takes us on a Jungian journey to the integrated self.

The story starts by introducing us to the supposedly perfect life that our eponymous hero appears to live - the tranquilized bliss and counterfeit euphoria of Happyland. Yet what is it that leads Mr Happy to wander away from an existence that, if truly flawless, should suffice to satisfy and sustain him? Why this need to venture deep into the mysterious unknown of the forest? To open a door in a tree-trunk and descend a staircase beneath the ground to the deepest recesses of the unconscious?

Here lays the crux of this exploration of analytical psychology - the defining happiness of our central character is revealed as nothing more than a persona. His name and outward appearance are a mask to the outside world and from himself. It is the very inauthenticity of this state of affairs that drives him on the voyage to seek out and confront the root of the dissonance that this generates within him.

For indeed, what does he come face-to-face with at the foot of these stairs but his own repressed sadness? This comes in the form of his miserable alter ego - physically identical, polar opposite in mood. It is only through this confrontation with the shadow that his unsustainable persona can find authentic resolution and true integration of the self be achieved. These archetypes are quite literally brought to light as Mr Happy coaxes Mr Miserable up to the surface and into view of the conscious mind in a climax of now genuine peace and bliss.

In a knowing nod to his source material, Hargreaves depicts Mr Happy as round - a shape he shares with the mandala.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1997
Format: Paperback
In this story, Mr. Happy meets Mr. Miserable, and brings him out of his misery into Happyland. Not only is this cartoonish little book very amusing to little ones, with its colorful cartoons and playful verse, but it is very clever and witty to teach a positive value in a heart-warming way. It is in a series of Mr. Men books that are just as good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
This was our first (of many)in the Mr. Men series and we love it. My 3 year old likes the story and the simple pictures. He also likes having many of the books pictured on the back of each one. He likes knowing and getting to know each new Mr. Man that we get.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
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Mr.Happy is about a smiley face that can walk and talk. He finds a door in the woods by his house. He gose in and finds Mr.Miserable who he helps to become happy by taking him to happyland. At the end of the story, Mr.Miserable is happy just like Mr.Happy and the end is what else but happy!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 28, 2011
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I loved these books when I was younger. It has been a thrill to buy them for my son and re-read them all these years later! Great stories.
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Short and sweet. Both the book and my review. A children's classic, that can be enjoyed with just as much pleasure today as when it was written in 1971. Adorable story about being happy that will keep the attention of all who read it. I read the originals myself as a child in the early 70s and read them again to my children. The illustrations are the type that will have children trying to draw the men themselves and achieving good results. I'm wondering though what the "revised edition" means. The 1997 edition is still currently being published in North America. I have a feeling it may just have had "British-isms" removed but will have to find an early edition to compare someday.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeweltasims on May 30, 2006
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His jubilant expression welcomes you into the world of Mr. Men, and no one -- NOT EVEN MR. MEAN -- can occlude Mr. Happy from enjoying his day, nay, HIS LIFE.

Perhaps you are low on happiness? Perhaps you seek meaning in a world of war and sadness? Mr. Happy is for you. Will he make you happy? Perhaps not. Yet he will teach you the ways of the happy man, and that is all you can ask of a Mr. Men book. They are small books that tell a small story, yet somehow, they are more vast than the ocean.
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My two-year-old loves many of the "Mr Men" books, and Mr Happy is one of his two favorites (Mr Quiet being the other). I love reading this to him as well. In this book, Mr Happy in Happyland stumbles upon Mr Miserable and teaches him to be happy.

Roger Hargreaves' story is short, simple, and easy for kids to follow, with just enough alliteration to make it fun. His pictures are bright and bring the story to life.

My son so loves this book that every time he sees a "smiley face" he exclaims "Mr Happy in Happyland!"
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The late Roger Hargreaves was an English author and illustrator of childrens' books, including the popular Mr. Men and Little Miss series.

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