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Roger Hargreaves

Charles Roger Hargreaves, born in 1935, was an English author and illustrator of children’s books. He was born in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, England. His parents were Alfred Reginald who owned a Laundromat and mother Ethel Mary Hargreaves was a housewife. Hargreaves worked in his father’s Laundromat and dry cleaning business. He then started working in advertising and was the creative director in an advertising firm in London.

Hargreaves actually wanted to become a cartoonist but that did not work out however he wrote his first book of ‘Mr. Men’ called ‘Mr. Tickle’ in 1971. The inspiration of this book was an innocent question asked by his son Adam Hargreaves that was ‘What does a tickle look like?’ He then drew a figure in orange color with floppy arms and round body to represent a tickle.

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