Roger Hargreaves (1935-1988)
Roger Hargreaves was a British author and illustrator of children's books, notably the Mr. Men and Little Miss series, intended for young readers. He is Britain's third best-selling author, having sold more than 100 million books.
Hargreaves was born in Halifax Road Cleckheaton. He spent a year working in the family business before starting out in advertising. He was a successful advertising copywriter for 20 years, working with such clients as Lindt chocolates, Timex and Pimms. But his original ambition was to be a cartoonist; and, in 1971, while he was working as the creative director at a London firm, he wrote the first Mr. Men book: Mr. Tickle
He initially had difficulty finding a publisher; but, once he did, the books became an instant success, selling over one million copies within three years. The books soon found even greater fame, with the production of an animated series on BBC television narrated by Arthur Lowe.