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by Christopher Mudiappahpillai

Google just informed me that today, the 9th of May, is the birthday of Roger Hargreaves.1  And although I didn’t actually know who Roger Hargreaves was until just now, the picture of Mr. Tickle was enough to get me to click through.

Mr. Tickle was one of the first books I read on my own, when I was around three or four, so it has a special place in my heart. From what I can remember, I picked it up on a sunny afternoon, in the waiting room of some very-boring office.2 It made the wait bearable, enjoyable even. And, of course, the fact that it was about an orange man with extra long arms – and a nice chapeau – only made it all the more amazing to my young mind.

Fun fact: these books also make good cards as you can usually find one that matches the personality of the person you’re gifting. If we’re acquainted, you can expect to receive one from me at some point.

Notes:

1 They’ve got several customised versions of their logo up today, so refresh to cycle through. For posterity’s sake, though, here’s a link to the Google Logo Archive

2 I imagine it was dentist’s office – they’re generally the most boring. Oh, and government offices.