Mr. Tickle

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Mr. Tickle
Mr. Tickle.jpg
Cover of Mr. Tickle
AuthorRoger Hargreaves
IllustratorRoger Hargreaves
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
SeriesMr. Men
GenreChildren's literature
PublisherEgmont Publishing
Fabbri
Publication date
10 August 1971
Pages40 pp
ISBN978-0-85396-003-4
Preceded byN/A 
Followed byMr. Greedy 

Mr. Tickle is the first book in the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves which was published on 10 August 1971.[1]

The character of the story was originally based on a question by his son Adam Hargreaves, who asked him what a tickle would look like; the claim of which is currently being disputed.[1] Adam Hargreaves said that it was one of his most impossible questions as said in the show 50 Years of Mr. Men.

Mr. Tickle is an orange Mr. Man who has long, bendy arms and a small, blue hat.

Plot[edit]

Mr. Tickle's story begins while he is in bed, getting himself a biscuit without getting up, because of his "extraordinarily long arms." He then decides that it is a tickling sort of day, thus he journeys town to tickle 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 seen at your door, wanting to tickle you.

It is a relatively unusual Mr. Men book where the main character is naughty, tickling everyone, yet there is no corrective action taken to mend his ways—Mr. Tickle is left free to tickle the next day, learning nothing from this.

Translations[edit]

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[2] 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 is aqua with a stripe on it and his arms have a normal size, but can stretch out when needed. However, he tickles other Mr. Men and Little Misses due to the absence of the humans of Dillydale. He is still determined to tickle everyone he interacts with as far as some character traits go, 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 is his favourite target. He speaks with a Scottish accent and a Welsh accent. He has a catchphrase: "I think somebody needs a tickle!" In both of the US and UK dubs, he is voiced by Jeff Stewart and Rob Rackstraw, respectively.[3]

Criticism[edit]

The Mr. Tickle character has been invoked in discussions over whether tickling children may violate their bodily integrity.[4] Critiquing the unequally applied justice in the realm of Mr. Men, Charlie Brooker decries the fact that Mr. Tickle goes unpunished despite being a "1970s children's entertainer with wandering hands who runs around town touching strangers inappropriately from dawn till dusk", making an apparently tacit referral to Jimmy Savile.[5] Journalist Eleanor Mills compared Mr. Tickle to sex offender Harvey Weinstein in a discussion of misogyny in the Mr. Men books.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tait, Amelia (18 August 2021). "How the Mr Men made their millions". New Statesman. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Księgarnia Internetowa Egmont".
  3. ^ The Mr. Men Show (TV Series 2008–2009) - IMDb, retrieved 2022-02-01
  4. ^ Starkey, Adam (1 February 2019). "Mr Tickle crashes debate on whether tickling children should be banned". Metro.
  5. ^ Brooker, Charlie (2 June 2014). "The Mr Men inhabit a godless universe. It's a brutal existence". The Guardian.
  6. ^ O'Sullivan, Kyle (9 May 2018). "GMB viewers stunned after guest compares Mr Tickle to Harvey Weinstein". Mirror.