June Author Study: Roger Hargreaves
Our final author study for the school year was of Roger Hargreaves who is best known for the Mr. Men and Little Miss series. Having grown up loving these books myself, I remember appreciating how reliable all the books were: the bright pictures, the silly stories and the thorough list of other characters on the back cover, tempting me to try to read them all. I always look forward to introducing these little, white, squarish books to my students.
After reading a fair number of them, I can confidently say that my own little misters and little misses were hooked. I’m not sure if it was the bright pictures or the silly stories… From our chats, I have a feeling it has to do with the fact that each character shares a tiny piece of their own little emerging personalities. Aren’t we all a little clumsy? Or forgetful, or shy, or nosy, at times? It think it’s fun to read and relate.
After becoming very familiar with the style of Roger Hargreaves’ books, we tried our hand at creating our own. We developed our own characters and wrote stories complete with cleverly-titled cottages, fitting problems and amusing endings.
So there you have it. Ten authors in ten months, and we know their books ten times better than just having randomly come across them once or twice.
What started as something I wanted to give a try this year, has turned into something I definitely plan on doing for years to come.