Mr. Tickle

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Mr. Tickle
Mr. Tickle.jpg
AuthorRoger Hargreaves
IllustratorRoger Hargreaves
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesMr. Men
GenreChildren's literature
PublisherEgmont Publishing
Publication date
10 August 1971
Pages40 pp
Preceded byN/A 
Followed byMr. Greedy 

Mr. Tickle is the first book in the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves, published 10 August 1971.

The story was originally based on a question by his son, Adam Hargreaves, who asked what a tickle would look like.[citation needed]


Mr. Tickle's story begins with him in bed and making himself breakfast without getting up because of his "extraordinarily long arms". He then decides that it is a tickling sort of day and thus journeys around town tickling people – a teacher, a policeman, a greengrocer, a station guard, a doctor, a butcher and a postman. The book ends with a warning that Mr. Tickle could be lurking at your door getting ready to tickle you!

It is a relatively unusual Mr. Men book in that the main character is naughty and tickles people, yet there is no corrective action taken to mend his tickling ways; thus, Mr. Tickle is left free to tickle another day and learns nothing from it.


Mr. Tickle appears under the titles:

Translation Language
Monsieur Chatouille French
Don Cosquillas Spanish
Mr. Goglais Welsh
Unser Herr Killekille German
Meneertje Kietel Dutch
Ο Κύριος Γαργαλίτσας Greek
搔癢先生 Taiwan
간지럼씨 Korean
コチョコチョくん (Kocho-kocho-kun) Japanese
Fætter Kilderik Danish
Gubben Killekill Swedish
Herr Kilefant Norwegian
מר דגדוג Hebrew
Mr. Csiki Hungarian
Senhor Cócegas Portuguese
Senior Solletico Italian
Pan Łaskotkiewicz[1] Polish

The Mr. Men Show[edit]

In the 2008 TV series The Mr. Men Show, Mr. Tickle remains relatively the same in looks, though his hat has a stripe and his arms are normally sized, but can stretch out when needed. However, he tickles other Mr. Men and Little Misses (due to the obvious absence of humans in Dillydale). As far as character traits go, he is still determined to tickle everyone he interacts with, but instead of doing it for mischief he does it to make people happy and will stop when nobody wants him to tickle them, save for when the opportunity knocks with Mr. Grumpy, who appears to be his favourite target. He also gets his own catchphrase, "Somebody needs a tickle!" In the US and UK Versions, he is voiced by Jeff Stewart and Rob Rackstraw respectively.

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