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The Mr. Men is a series of children's books by British author Roger Hargreaves saw its first book published on 10th August 1971, prices at 20 pence.

Over the course of the 1970s Roger Hargreaves produced 38 more Mr. Men in addition to Mr. Tickle, as well as producing a number of other Mr. Men books. In the 1980s Roger Hargreaves began the Little Miss series with 'Little Miss Bossy' and he produced 21 characters and books. As well as this two special Mr. Men stories were created in 1985 'Mr. Nobody' and 'Mr. Christmas'. Both of these have been rereleased in later years. Roger Hargreaves died in 1988 and his son Adam took over the writing of new books.

Each book in the original Mr. Men and Little Miss series introduced a different title character and his/her single dominant personality trait to convey a simple moral lesson. The Mr. Men and Little Miss characters frequently reappeared in other characters' books.

As of 2015, a total of 85 Mr. Men and Little Miss characters had been featured in the series.The books' simple stories, with brightly coloured, boldly drawn illustrations, made them very popular, with sales of over 100 million worldwide across 28 countries.

Which character was featured in that first book?

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The first book featured Mr Tickle — a round, orange figure with long, bendy arms, the original idea for whom had come about when Hargreaves' son had asked him what a tickle looked like!

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