Heather Taylor
August 12, 2013 12:00 pm

It all started in 1971 when Roger Hargreaves was asked by his son what a tickle looked like. In response, he drew a plump orange cartoon man with a big smile, tiny blue hat, and extremely long arms. This would be Mr. Tickle, the first of 85 characters to be created in a book series called Mr. Men and Little Miss which would later become a TV series in the 1980s and 1990s, but was always better known in the U.K. than anywhere else.

But that’s all changing as Mr. Men Little Miss have hopped the pond and are now officially making their re-launching debut in Hollywood! Most notably, the gang has landed at LA’s own Ron Robinson Fred Segal on t-shirts by Junk Food for guys and girls alike featuring Little Miss Sunshine and Mr. Happy in Santa Monica (and living up to their names respectively) while Mr. Cool and Little Miss Star are ready to get their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Shirts retail between $32-38 per tee.)

Not able to get a shirt but still want to see the crew in action and even create a Mr. Men Little Miss story of your own? From Thursday August 22nd to Sunday September 8th, iam8bit Gallery will be hosting “Everybody’s a Somebody! Over 50 Artists Explore the World of Mr. Men Little Miss” through an art show at their Echo Park location. Mr. Men Little Miss-inspired works from paintings to hand-sewn plushes will be displayed throughout the gallery which will be transformed from top to bottom into the pages of a storybook from the Mr. Men Little Miss collection.

Mr. Men Little Miss will also be partnering alongside 826LA, a nonprofit dedicated to helping students from ages 6 to 18 with their creative writing skills, for a creative writing workshop on Saturday August 24th. Bring your friends and family and pop on by to create stories and scenes in your own Mr. Men Little Miss tales and have one of the 826LA workshop leaders help you illustrate them and take the book home!

Image courtesy of ronrobinson.com.

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