Excerpt from “Mr Tickle” by Roger Hargreaves

picture-MrTickle-HargreavesAnd what a day Mr Tickle had.
He tickled the policeman on traffic duty at the crossroads in the middle of town.
It caused an enormous traffic jam.

He tickled the greengrocer just as he was piling apples neatly in his shop window.
The greengrocer fell over backwards, and the apples rolled all over the shop.

At the railway station, the guard was about to wave his flag for the train to leave.
As he lifted his arm in the air, Mr Tickle tickled him.
And every time he tried to wave his flag, Mr Tickle tickled him until the train was ten minutes late leaving the station and all the passengers were furious.

That day Mr Tickle tickled everybody.
He tickled the doctor.
He tickled the butcher.

He even tickled old Mr Stamp, the postman, who dropped all his letters into a puddle.

Then Mr Tickle went home.
Sitting in his armchair in his small house at the other side of the wood, he laughed and laughed every time he thought about all the people he had tickled.

So, if you are in any way ticklish, beware of Mr Tickle and those extraordinary long arms of his.
Just think. Perhaps he’s somewhere about at this very moment while you’re reading this book.

Perhaps that extraordinary long arm of his is already creeping up to the door of this room.
Perhaps, before you know what is happening, you will be well and truly . . .

. . . tickled!

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One response to “Excerpt from “Mr Tickle” by Roger Hargreaves

  1. Roger Hargreaves was born in Yorkshire, England on 9 May 1935, and died on 11 September 1988, aged 53 years. ‘Mr Tickle’ was the first Mr Men book published in 1971.
    Mr Tickle is said to have been created when Hargreaves’ son Adam, at age 6, asked his father what a tickle looked like. Hargreaves drew a figure with a round orange body and long rubbery arms, which became Mr Tickle.

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